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False sense of security

Rushed SAFE Act won’t stem gun violence in NY state

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Imagine you’re an alternate juror watching as the jury convicts the wrong man for a series of vicious murders. The evidence doesn’t support the prosecutor’s case, but in answer to your protests, the jury members ask, “How could we see such brutal crimes and not act?” Of course you would not want to let a killer go free, but you assert that it is wrong to take away someone’s freedom for no reason other than ...

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March 13, 2013
4:40 p.m.

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Mr. Perazzo, all you have to do is try to ask any teenager where they get their liquor or alcoholic beverages. You don't really think they are going to give up where they go, now do you? When I was growing up, there was a liquor store in a certain area of Schenectady that if you couldn't reach what you wanted, they would give you a foot stool, and a student discount. Well, maybe not the student discount. But, that was a very long time ago when the drinking age was 18, and everyone between 15 and 18 wanted to go to the frat parties at Union, or the 18 and above parties at their friends homes, when the parents were away. Or just to find out what it was like, or just to escape doing homework.

My point is, its part of being a teenager! Trying to get away with something like underage drinking. They will say that their friend got it for them, or even they stole it from their parents liquor cabinet, "they won't miss it". I have even been told, "I stole it from a liquor store in a city in Massachusetts!", if you can believe that. These kids aren't going to give up any information that will get them or their friends into trouble, especially if you are the law. And I have also seen the result of an evening of drinking further down the highway that I had missed. I have a collection of false/altered drivers licenses that were confencated, because the birth date had been changed, and made as many DWI arrests as the next guy if not more.

You are correct, SAFENY Act is a misnomer. And it is a blantant violation of every citizens Second Amendment Rights whether or not they decide to exercise them or not. and The Governor and those legislators that pushed this law through under the "Notice of Necessity" need to be held responsible for their actions in the Federal Court System. They just can't do that!

As it is, New York has more gun laws on its books that aren't enforced now than any other state in the union. What this state needs to do is to start reopening the facilities for the mentally unstable/insecure or however it needs to be worded to get these people off the street, and to put the current and future prisoners to work on road gangs, and prison farms, growing produce, livestock, for the prisons, and mental health facilities around the state to cut costs. It can be done, and is being done in many states. It keeps the prisoners from pumping iron all day, or maybe getting their degrees in whatever, but it is also giving then a chance to get out in the fresh air, and learn to make a living and not live off the welfare system. Plus you are growing food for those who cannot or are unable to do things for themselves due to their mental inabilities.