Local reaction to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that individuals have a right to keep guns for self-defense was mixed, but many on both sides of the issue weren’t surprised by the decision.
“I’m really displeased,” Patricia Gioia of Schenectady, who is a member of the Brady Campaign against guns said. “I respect the fact gun owners feel they have to own them, but there’s more chance for violence when people are harboring guns. Society has changed; now, when people fight, they don’t slap each other, they pull out a gun.”
Tom DiBona, an employee at Accurate Arms and Ammo in Schenectady, said he believes legislators are not examining the economics of the issue.
“They have no idea what impact it would have on unemployment [to ban guns],” Tom DiBona said. “The steel and wood manufacturers would be out of business. They should think about this before they act.”
DiBona also said he is opposed to the people trying to force their ideals on others, and that background checks do a more than adequate job of controlling sales to potential criminals.
“Our gun checks are thorough,” he said. “There are so many federal checks in place, and anything derogatory in a person’s background means they can’t buy a gun and that’s it,” DiBona said.
John Manger of Zack’s Sports in Round Lake said people have the right to make their own choices.
“We live in a society where people protest everything,” Manger said. “After 9/11, people who never had a gun would have taken a bazooka to protect themselves from violence. I’m really anti-government when they try to tell people what to do, so I think today’s decision was a good one for once.”
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