The Daily Star
---- — Gov. Cuomo, what have you done? Without the usual three-day debate, a period of input from constituents, you have rammed down the throats of New York’s gun owners the most stringent gun-control package in the United States. If this law is so “great” and of such benefit, why was it passed so quickly in the dark of night?
Is it because you care so much about our children? Do you really care more than we? Or are we gun owners really that ignorant and inconsequential that our opinions and feelings can so easily be swept aside? From here, it looks like the only person Andrew Cuomo cares about is Andrew Cuomo.
Yes, Gov. Cuomo, as you spoke in the state Capitol, waving your arms and screaming like carnival barker, you reminded me of the 1930s European dictator, Benito Mussolini. At best, it looks to me like Chicago-style politics have taken root in the one-time Empire State. I thought we were better than that.
You had given your word to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Have you ever read it? In the state of New York, you have abridged the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.” What other “right” do we have to jump through such hoops to exercise?
In Cuomo’s New York, you must register your “assault rifle” with the state. It will determine what an “assault rifle” is. You may be surprised. That old Ruger 10/22 with a pistol grip may now be one! Your grandfather’s M1 Carbine, which defended this nation in World War II, certainly is. Your Mini 14, your Hi-Point 9mm Carbine and your shotgun with a pistol grip may qualify. Failure to comply and you become a criminal.
In Cuomo’s New York, you can not sell your old shotgun to your cousin or your neighbor of 30 years. Don’t even think about giving your nephew Grandpa’s old lever gun. You now must go through the national background check and get the government’s permission. Failure to comply and you become a criminal.
In Cuomo’s New York, a gentleman can not buy a box of .22 long rifle ammo for $2.49 without going through the state’s background check and getting New York state’s permission. However, his teenage daughter can abort his grandchild without his knowledge. (Is this real or am I dreaming?)
Imagine the poor guy who owns a gun shop. Every time someone wants to buy a gun or some ammo (Why else do you go to a gun shop?), he has to get on the phone and ask the government’s permission. Failure to comply and you become a criminal.
In Cuomo’s New York, you must sell out-of-state or turn over to the authorities ALL magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. Sounds a bit like 1930s Germany, doesn’t it? In New York state, there are millions of high-capacity magazines. You are allowed (as a free man, I hate that word) to keep 10-round magazines, but they can not be loaded with more than 7 rounds. Failure to comply and you become a criminal.
Yes sir, in Cuomo’s New York, if you keep doing what you’ve been doing for the last 10, 20 or 40 years, you will be a criminal. By your actions, Cuomo, you may be creating criminals out of your fellow New Yorkers.
In a previous column, we mentioned that the FBI states that 323 people were murdered in the USA by rifles in 2011. So maybe 100-200 are murdered by assault rifles per year in America? They are not a factor in crime (maybe on TV and the movies, but not the real world), and the law just passed would not have prevented Newtown or Webster. New York’s gun law will make absolutely no difference in crime.
So, what happens next? After the next Sandy Hook (without police in our schools, there will be another), Gov. Cuomo will once again be in the state Capitol, screaming like Il Duce, and demanding the banning of another category of firearms. If you really care, governor, punish the criminals. Lock them up and never release them, like the Webster murderer. We are not the problem. Leave us alone.
You see, governor, freedom is not free. It comes at a cost, and at times that cost is very dear, but it is always worth the price. Every little drop of freedom, however small, should be cherished and defended. Because without it, we have nothing.
CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.