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Proposed gun law is not unreasonable
Aaron Pape in his Nov. 26 letter opposed H.R.7115, saying it’s a “blanket ban” preventing reasonable gun owners from exercising Second Amendment rights, although he’s in favor of many gun safety measures. However, weapons prohibited by H.R.7115 avoid all reasonable precautions.
H.R.7115, “The 3D Prohibition Act”, prohibits marketing, sale and purchase of gun parts and plans that require no licensing or tracking because, alone, they aren’t firearms. Assembled with other parts, they create unlicensed handguns, semi-automatic assault weapons and machine guns. Prohibited parts include bump stocks that turn pistols and assault rifles into semi-automatic weapons.
The NRA is outraged that homemade, untraceable automatic and semi-automatic weapons would become illegal and unavailable under H.R.7115. The headline on an anti-gun-safety site reads, “Goodbye AR builds, goodbye Polymer80 handgun builds”. These are weapons designed to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible with no way to trace the shooter.
Untraceable machine guns and military-grade semi-automatic rifles and pistols are not necessary for “trained, responsible individuals ... to feel prepared and protected;” the invisible manufacturing and distribution of such weapons is dangerous to individual lives and our society as a whole. Our Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee people the right to secretly stockpile weapons designed for human slaughter. The weapons prohibited by H.R.7115 are designed for no other purpose. It’s currently in House committees.
I hope Mr. Pape doesn’t believe owning untraceable weapons capable of killing multiple people in seconds is integral to “the ideals governing American society.” I certainly don’t.
Cathy Winter

Trump not the only president to tell lies
President Trump is often characterized as a “liar” in The Gazette. The passing of George H. W. Bush, who famously pledged, “Read my lips, no new taxes” and then raised our taxes, brought to mind other official prevarications. Remember, Bill Clinton? “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Or perhaps Barack Obama. “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” Going on back, John F. Kennedy characterized Sen. Barry Goldwater as likely to get the United States into a war and then in two years brought us the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion and our first troops in Vietnam. Reagan mischaracterized the unlawful sale of weapons to aid the Nicaraguan Contras. Last but not least, Richard Nixon vowed, “I am not a crook.” Any good historian could, I’m sure, add many other names to the list. Presidents routinely lie to the American public. My daddy said, in response to how he knew President Truman was lying, “His lips are moving.”
Art Henningson  

Officials shouldn’t need mayor’s OK
I was contacted by two of my constituents from the Hamilton Hill neighborhood recently. They were interested in two properties owned by the city in their neighborhood. They requested assistance in navigating the city’s law department and understanding the process to put in a bid.
Happy to help, I set up a meeting with corporation counsel, my two constituents and me.
In confirming on the day of the meeting, I was told that I would need the mayor’s permission to attend. More so, I was told that for any council member to meet with anyone on staff, there must be permission granted from the mayor. Quite honestly, I was speechless.
In an effort to be professional and respectful, I emailed the mayor for his permission. He responded and inquired as to the location of the properties. I obliged. As the time drew closer to the meeting, I sent a follow-up email again requesting permission and closer yet to the time, a text asking for a response. No response. I called the women who requested my help and explained that I wasn’t allowed to attend the meeting without permission, and they would have to go without me.
How is it that as a public servant, put in office by the residents of this city, I’m not allowed to assist them? What a sad state of affairs for the fine citizens of this city. Rest assured, this doesn’t dissuade me from continuing to pursue solutions for Schenectady’s residents.
Leesa Perazzo

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