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SAFE Act: A hidden agenda by the government?

SAFE Act: A hidden agenda by the government?

*SAFE Act: A hidden agenda by the government?

SAFE Act: A hidden agenda by the government?

“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.”

Recently the state senators and assembly men and women voted to infringe upon our constitutional Second Amendment rights by voting for the SAFE Act.

Our elected officials received the proposed law hours before voting for or against it. They requested no data or statistics and, most of all, they did not poll their respective constituents.

Gun owner or not, you should find this extremely disturbing. New York has long been touted as having the country’s most corrupt legislative body. This is just one more example. Do we make decisions without getting any data, or based on sheer emotion? If we did, chances are the decisions would be wrong. Nowhere in the amendment does it state what type of weapon the people should be allowed to own.

Here are some statistics that our legislative body and our governor should have looked at right from our own criminal justice Website.

The following figures are from 2002 to 2011 (finalized): www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/crimnet/ojsa/NYSCrimeReport2011.pdf

1) Violent crimes are down 18 percent.

2) Murder is down 20 percent.

3) Rape is down 16 percent.

4) Robbery is down 28 percent.

5) Assault is down 25 percent.

6) Burglary is down 16 percent.

It seems to me that the media should be touting these statistics as a great success. But they don’t; why is that? Is it better to have the people in fear?

We need to ask ourselves what our state government is trying to achieve. Does Andrew Cuomo have his own political agenda? Why does our Senate and Assembly follow like blind dogs? They continue to enjoy the benefits of their respective offices without apparently doing any work. It took me 10 minutes to get this data.

The federal data on the FBI site looks even better. I thought the people of this once-great state should know the truth for a change.

Also, why did the governor think this was such an emergency that he had to rush it through and trample innocent people’s constitutional rights? Based on the above data, it was not.

Marc Gardy

Glenville

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