|Dear Guns & Patriots reader,|
|In the Oct. 18 edition of The New York Times, there is a report that New York State has developed a database of 34,000 residents too mentally unstable to acquire a gun.#golly
The database is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, that horrific law the Son of Mario jammed through on an emergency legislative track in the aftermath of Dec. 14, 2012 spree shooting at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Besides the fact that the vast majority of people with mental health issues are not violent or dangerous–and should have a right to defend themselves–how did we get to the point where a panel of eggheads can decide who loses their constitutional rights and who does not?
But, let’s be honest, the legislation’s wording was already written and waiting on the shelf for the right tragedy. Nothing in the law prevents a spree shooting—but, the very nature of the law makes New York State a more dangerous place as it disarms law-abiding citizens. It also gives the terrorists, gangbangers and other thugs in the Empire State an even greater advantage.
There are states, such as Kansas and Florida, where gun rights are being restored step-by-step. But, there are too many states that were already hostile to gun rights, such as New York, Maryland, Massachusetts and Colorado, where gun rights are getting squeezed.
The action on gun rights is no longer in Washington, although there is work to be done there. The action in in the states. This trend that I call neo-federalism is happening not just in the area of gun rights. We see it in the fight to-on restore legal protection to the unborn, to take power away from the union bosses and empower parents.
There are many reasons for this neo-federalism, not the least of which was the practice of GOP leaders of coming to Washington and marrying with the natives. Conservatives can beat Democrats and liberals in a head-on campaign or legislative fight. We are not so good at fighting the Republican leadership—perhaps because we refuse to believe they would really betray us, again and again.
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