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For this republic, NY Safe Act is unconstitutional

Monday, March 18, 2013
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For this republic, NY Safe Act is unconstitutional

It has been said that an overwhelming number of New Yorkers want the NY Safe Act?

Really? So what! In this country, we are a “constitutional republic,” not a democracy as many may think. “We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the ‘Republic’ for which it stands (not the democracy), one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power and establishes procedures or official ways of doing something.

In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the “will of the majority of the population” is checked by protections for individual rights, so that no individual or group has absolute power. The founding fathers knew that even the majority could be misled or become corrupt, as could the officials.

So the fact that an overwhelming number of New Yorkers want the NY Safe Act gun control laws means absolutely nothing if it violates constitutional law.

Robert Barlette

Esperance

Newtown shootings shouldn’t be used for political agenda

To create a law against our private firearms or magazines serves no purpose. It takes one bullet to take a life. Can you stop crime? No. Can you guarantee you are safe from crisis or the mentally ill? No.

Those 20 [Newtown, Conn.] children are being made martyrs in a political agenda that has been [around] since JFK in 1963, and hasn’t stopped killings yet.

Our kids have been kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered; how do you think those families feel? Nothing was done to protect our kids, and nothing will be done again to protect our kids. It’s all about getting our guns, and losing another right. Think of the lost jobs — manufacturing of firearms, ammo, and small business sporting goods stores. It’s OK for our federal government to supply drug cartels with fully automatic M16s and all the people that hate us with these guns, airplanes, RPG [rocket-propelled grenades] and more; doesn’t that tell you something? Don’t let your emotions override your common sense.

Let’s do something constructive to protect these kids — like cameras outside of the schools; an alarm system on all lower windows and unused exits that would warn school staff and alert police at the same time; a trained security guard with a detection wand and armed at the main entrance. How many criminals, mentally ill [people] and terrorists are crossing our borders? How many people have been killed on both sides of the borders, and who cares?

Our economy and jobs should be the priority; cut spending and reducing our debt. Our country is losing its common sense, and we will pay for it later. [The] NRA [National Rifle Association] is right.

Don’t let these kids and their families in Newtown, Conn., be an excuse or martyrs; their dignity is important in life and in death. Our hearts go out for these kids and their families. May God embrace these kids with His love, and give strength to their families.

Claude Rizzicone Jr.

Schenectady

 
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March 18, 2013
9:41 a.m.
justapto says...

Crazy: You guys want to go back to the frontier days when every one carried a side arm? The constitution guarantees arms for a 'militia', (recognized military), not vigilantes. I know of many city dwelling ar-15 Ramboo wanna bees who brag about shooting down trees and running wild in the woods. These guys don't belong to the local gun club, have police or military training. The NRA should be going after people who are not responsible members of an organization teaching gun safety and checking out who owns these 'toys'. Every body should not have access to guns and semi-automatic military weapons.

March 18, 2013
12:06 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Yes I want to have that right. The fact that I carried a gun saved my life in Albuquerque in 1984. A tweaked out Meth Head tried to rob and kill me and the fact that I had a gun savedmy life..... Now what justapto?

March 18, 2013
4:13 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

wmarincic: Did you have a CC permit? It's always been legal to open carry there, but CCs aren't easy to get. Did you live there?
Just curious, because the guy would have to be completely bonkers to try and rob someone with a gun showing.
That's why open carry is so effective.
Most of the time, a crime won't even occur if the bad guys know for certain that someone on the scene is armed.

March 18, 2013
9:48 p.m.
JLibertarian says...

I don't know why there are conceal carry permits at all. If everyone was allowed to open carry, there would no problems like we have now. justapo, you had better reread the 2nd Amendment and then go read why it is in the Bill of Rights. The reason it is there is at the time there was no standing army or marines. In order to ensure that our nation and the individual sovereign states remained sovereign, everyone needed to be able to own arms and be trained on their use. Now you might be thinking, so now we have a standing army and marines why do we need this amendment. Well, I will tell you. Our Constitution and country is based on these basic principles. That all citizens in this nation are sovereign individuals and all of the states are sovereign. Therefore, we need the right to bear arms to protect our sovereignty. Plain and simple.

March 19, 2013
1:42 a.m.
tues8capt says...

Open carry would be much better, I agree; effective deterrence. Every patriotic American (obviously with some exceptions) should be allowed their choice of whether to be armed, and with firearms of their choosing. The Declaration of Independence states that man is endowed, by his Creator, with certain unalienable rights, and governments are instituted to secure those rights. The Constitution created the government; the Bill of Rights sets limits on government actions in regard to personal liberties. It seems that in our 'constitutional republic', our political 'elite' have their own agendas, and those agendas have nothing to do with being representatives of the people. I, for one, and, I'm sure, among many, am tired of being 'ruled'!

March 19, 2013
7:48 a.m.
wmarincic says...

I was at the time living in a AAAA hotel during my divorece. The gun was in my jacket pocket as I was getting ready to leave for work. He knocked on the door and I opened it thinking it was housekeeping. He did not show a gun at first as he forced his way in. I backed between the two beds while pulling my weapon. I drew on him and told him he had a chance to leave, he went for a gun in his belt and I shot him 3 times. He lived somehow. The last I heard about the guy was that he lives down south and has turned his life around and is a church pastor.

March 20, 2013
9:32 p.m.
ThePhilistine says...

justapto its says, "the people" have the right not a militia and your definition of a militia is also wrong. Reread study up and post again...A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

March 21, 2013
4:21 p.m.
tplansing says...

Gentlemen, Justapto, like everyone in this country, has a right to their own opinion, even if it is wrong! They still have they right! They are the ones that who have to live with it! Maybe someday they will wake up to reality and out of their dreamland.
Although, I am wondering what he is justapto...what?

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