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Letters to the Editor Friday, April 16

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Keeping my guns to protect home, family

For every firearm we buy we have to fill out a federal form.
The feds, state and local police can access records on every sale with serial number, model and make to trace the owner.
Military firearms can fire fully auto, semi or single shot. Hunting firearms are only semi-automatic for running deer, bear or rabbits, and you still miss with them.
The ATF knows this so there’s no excuse for any control.
If the FBI, CIA, and ATF would do their job, we wouldn’t have these mass shootings. The police are after the fact, but yet the government ties their hands.
But it’s OK to let criminals out on the street to create more crimes.
We will not give up our guns for anyone. They are making us the criminals by depriving our right to defend our families and our home.
I’ve owned a firearm since I was 14, now I’m 80 and never had any problems. I was a firearms instructor for the state of New York and Schenectady County and a firearms dealer.
These politicians have no clue in what they’re doing. Gun control is not the answer. They’re killing our hunting and our competitive sport.
I paid for and got my firearms properly and no one is going to take them from me. We will fight for our rights.
In the event of a major disaster, how would you defend your family against looters?
Claude Rizzicone, Jr.
Schenectady

Court packing is unconstitutional

On April 10, The Daily Gazette printed an Associated Press article (“Changes to Supreme Court studied”) that stated … it’s crucial that we consider every option for wresting back POLITICAL control of the Supreme Court” said Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, a liberal judicial advocacy group.
“President Biden’s commission demonstrates a strong commitment to studying this situation and taking action.”
What about separation of powers of the three branches of government that is outlined in the Constitution?
A particular party controlling the Senate or the House of Representatives is a result of a valid election. The Supreme Court is above political partisanship.
Joseph Biden’s commission to study “Court Packing for wresting back POLITICAL control” may be unconstitutional. He took an oath to uphold the Constitution when he was inaugurated. So, what am I missing here?
Christine DeMaria
Clifton Park

Five Corners is no place for new Aldi’s

I oppose building an Aldi’s market at the Five Corners in Rotterdam.
The Five Corners is one of the worst intersections in the county. Adding a grocery store there would only worsen the traffic mess.
Any time I drive through the Five Corners, I dread all the congestion and confusion I encounter there. What this intersection needs is a traffic circle, not a large, new business.
Certainly a grocery store is needed in the western part of the town of Rotterdam, but the Five Corners isn’t even in that area.
A better idea lies down the hill in that underserved (by grocery stores) area of Rotterdam where there is plenty of space, at ViaPort, for a big grocery store.
In the largely empty mall, there is ample parking, little traffic and no congestion. ViaPort offers convenient access to the western part of Rotterdam.
It would be a great solution and far better than worsening the mess at the Five Corners.
David Gerhan
Schenectady

 

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27 Comments

BILL WEMPLE

I agree with you on the Court Packing issue. FDR tried it and his proposal failed miserably. There is nothing in Constitution about the number of justices, but it has been nine for so long that most people think its limited by the Constitution, but its not.
As for this comment in other post: “The feds, state and local police can access records on every sale with serial number, model and make to trace the owner.” This is patently FALSE. Many firearms transactions are private sales\transfers with no records whatsoever. These firearms are basically in the wind and practically untraceable once they’ve left the manufacturer and first sale from a registered dealer.

RAYMOND HARRIS

And let’s not forget the untraceable ghost guns that cannot be traced and are the fastest growing problem, according to law enforcement.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“So, what am I missing here?”
Well, Christine DeMaria I’ll tell you what your missing when it comes to messing with the Supreme Court:

Supreme court judge Antonin Scalia, died February 13, 2016 when Obama was president and the Republican held the senate. The Republicans put off Obama’s nomination for 14 months until April 10, 2017 when Neil Gorsuch was sworn in under the new Trump administration.

Supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18th 2020 under the Trump administration and Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in at warp speed on October 26, 2020, one month and 8 days later, making sure a new administration wouldn’t be able to nominate a judge.

Pure plain and simple unadulterated hypocrisy!

FRED BARNEY

I am happy to tell you what you are missing. The purpose of the court is to pass on the consistence of laws with the constitution. It is not a way for the party in power to make an end run around the third branch of government. I hope this helps.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Correct. The GOP, especially under Trump, have politicized the selections of Supreme Court justices for some time. In fact, they don’t select the justices, the right-wing Federalist Society does to serve their ultra conservative view of justice. Just look at the three lightweight justices that Trump appointed: young, inexperienced and very conservative. They may say they are “constitutionalists”, but really they are extension of the GOP. If it takes expanding the Court to balance this extreme ideology, so be it. We wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for McConnell and the rest of the GOP.

No one’s talking about taking your guns Claude, we’re just asking for common sense gun legislation. Just because you’re a law-abiding gun owner, doesn’t mean every person looking to purchase a firearm has good intentions in mind. Simple legislative fixes such as universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods can help to curb gun violence while minimally inconveniencing other gun owners.

Just the cost of doing business in the GOP and NRA’s America. Our gun death rates rank just below countries like Colombia, Brazil, and Guatemala. Guess we’re not as exceptional as we like to think.

RAYMOND HARRIS

One of the eight murdered was a “good guy with a gun”. So much for flooding the country with more guns which is one of the root causes for increased murders (not just mass murders). Another root cause is that the gun lobby “owns” the GOP who keep passing state laws that allow practically anyone to own a gun. I think it’s in Georgia where you can purchase and use a gun the same day, but you cannot register to vote and then vote the same day. In Michigan, we witnessed armed protesters IN the state capital threatening police and getting away with it. If it takes weeks to get a drivers license, it should take at least two weeks for gun background checks before a person can own a gun. The so-called red flag law should be federally mandated where you can get a court order to prevent certain unstable people from have guns.

There are at least two common comments that gun lovers like to use after a murder that I find very annoying. First, “law enforcement should go after criminals, not law biding gun owners”. In most cases, the shooter wasn’t a criminal until he or she shoots others. The other comment is “they want to take my guns away”, a NRA lie that has perpetuated for decades. There is a zero chance that will happen in this country. However, to reduce the 400 million guns in this country, there should be a federally supported massive gun buyback program and stop the manufacture of assault weapons.

All good points Raymond. Another common refrain from gun activists is “criminals will break the laws anyway, so more gun legislation only hurts law-abiding gun owners.” By that logic, we should abolish all laws. Why bother having laws against homicide if murderers are just going to murder anyway? Why have tax laws if tax cheats are just going to avoid paying taxes anyway? And so on, and so on.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Another common NRA/hard core gun owner comment is, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. Following that logic, let’s let anyone who wants their own personal nuclear weapon have one, because nuclear weapons won’t kill people either.

William Marincic

What is an assault weapon Ray? A scary looking gun? A .223 rifle is the same as an AR-15 they just look different but they both fire the same size bullet and they are both semi-automatic, no difference other than they look different.

Why don’t you and your gun fetishist friends for once recognize the US has a gun problem and voice your support for positive things like expanded background checks, and gun buy-back programs like Pastor Charlie Muller runs so well?
All we hear from you lot is your paranoia.

They not only look different, they do in fact function differently. AR’s have telescoping or collapsible stocks, and rear and sometimes forward pistol grips. This makes them more accurate and easier to use whether you’re hunting deer or people.

William Marincic

A well regulated Militia is our protection from an overreaching government

Oh, they’ve got that covered. They’re up at a hunting camp in northern Michigan playing soldier boy. Many are diabetic and asthmatic but they’ve got that covered too.

“law enforcement should go after criminals, not law biding gun owners”

Of course by that logic we need to do away with DWI checkpoints. They must really seethe at those.

William Marincic

A concealed handgun saved my life when a drug addict was trying to rob and kill me so I don’t support any laws that make it harder for legal gun owners to have guns. Until you are face to face with a person with a gun willing to do you harm you have no say in this.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“Until you are face to face with a person with a gun willing to do you harm you have no say in this.”

That sounds great Mr. Tough Guy William Marincic.

Now why don’t you just head on over to Newtown, Connecticut and tell the parents of the 20 children that were six and seven years old six when they were mercilessly shot down by a proud gun owner to mind their own damn business when it comes to guns and gun laws!

A few separate reports that seem to string together nicely to show us how many of those who “Serve and Protect” spend their free time and money:

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In secret Facebook groups, America’s best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories.
nbcnews_dot_com

…and yet in secret Facebook groups exclusively for special operations forces that were accessed by NBC News, they share misinformation about a “stolen” 2020 election, disparaging and racist comments about America’s political leadership and even QAnon conspiracy theories.

Among the hundreds of Facebook posts NBC News reviewed from forums for current and former Rangers, Green Berets and other elite warriors: a member of a special forces group lamenting that several aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were part of a “Concerted effort by the thieves and pedophiles walking the hallowed halls of the peoples government” to undermine former President Donald Trump.
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US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals.
theguardian_dot_com

Officers and officials also donated to fundraisers for far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans
A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed that serving police officers and public officials have donated money to fundraisers for accused vigilante murderers, far-right activists, and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans.
In many of these cases, the donations were attached to their official email addresses, raising questions about the use of public resources in supporting such campaigns.

The breach, shared with journalists by transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets, revealed the details of some donors who had previously attempted to conceal their identities using GiveSendGo’s anonymity feature, but whose identifying details the website preserved.
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I don’t know how this last could POSSIBLY be true since everyone knows it was BLM and antifa who invaded the Capitol, but anyway the Fake News Media is reporting:

Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach
washingtonpost_dot_com

A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to publicly flip in the sprawling domestic terrorism investigation that has led to charges against more than 410 people.

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Chuck, you really need to add (s) (snark) to your comment about BLM and antifa invading the Capitol on 1/6. Otherwise, you’ll have Fred agreeing with you! 😂😂

Just a comment in support of David Gerhan’s letter opposing the locating of Aldi’s at the five corners. He is absolutely correct and when I first read the announcement my first thought was (and I believe I commented), well, I guess Rotterdam’s given up on fixing that intersection. It seemed the loss of the gun shop and the CVS might have been openings to acquire the needed land to build out a roundabout. My second thought was how bizarre that they don’t consider ViaPort.

The intersection isn’t too bad for those of us who pass through it frequently; we know what to expect. For those unfamiliar, best of luck and since it’s just down the road from the intersection of two interstate highways, that scenario may be more frequent than thought. But more importantly it’s a choke point for traffic flow through this part of town. The dangerously backed up traffic conditions it causes are not just an inconvenience.

It would be interesting to see how Aldi’s scored this location and why Rotterdam seems determined to kill ViaPort (I’d hate to think there’s any racial issue as ViaPort is Turkish-owned, but these days, who knows?).

geri krawitz

a supposedly mentally challenged 13 year old is shot by police. it is 3 am and they have responded to shots fired. he is with a 21 year old gang member running down an alley.
the police tell hi8m to stop to put up his hands more than once he was told he finally did but to late. the police are terrified chicago has had 176 murders this year all black or hispanic. 3 were police related. it is time to start arresting the families of these punks
i have 2 children lived in the suburbs never never would they have bee out at 3 am and never were till they left for college. certainly we had no guns and i feel there should be stricter requirments for owning one. you could do what hunter biden did and lie on your application. typical. arrest all the people involved no sympathy for the supposed victims. why are their not more young whites arrested and shot the incident in indiana another example he was arrested march 2020 for gun violence and yet he still managed to get a gun. the family also were complicit i am sure.
since biden took office the flag has been a t half mast. people are afraid and the govermant is not doing anything to help encouriging the stupidity oif blm and antifa
arrest them all if they steal assault vandalize throw thm all in jail.

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