Dear Editor,Kudos to Al Steppich for speaking to promote the “Gun Friendly” resolution before legislators on July 21 at their Executive Committee meeting. Thanks to Chairman Doherty and …
Timothy J. Manzolillo, Cochecton
Kudos to Al Steppich for speaking to promote the “Gun Friendly” resolution before legislators on July 21 at their Executive Committee meeting. Thanks to Chairman Doherty and Legislator Conklin for saying they supported what Steppich had to say. Thank you to the other legislators who voted in favor of the resolution, as well as Sheriff Schiff who said, in part, “I am in favor of protecting our constitutional rights, and I’m a little upset that some people may feel that this is going to allow things to happen. We’re not inviting illegal guns … We’re not inviting criminals."
He went on that law enforcement in the county does their part in “happily” going after those who possess guns illegally. He stated that crimes are not being committed by legal gun owners.
Indeed, as a group, handgun permit holders are among the most law abiding people in the nation (John Lott, More Guns Less Crime).
I’m perplexed by the remark by Kennedy. Partially quoted from the article here, "... I think the title should be more specific to the issue and not seem to lay down the welcome mat for insurrectionists, those who favor martial law, people who feel entitled to impose their own will on others with a gun, motivated by hatred, bigotry, rage or gree.”
As for the “Wild West” remark by Legislator Rajsz. Sounds eerily similar to statements by Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams. These “predictions” have not come to pass in areas that have or initiated “shall issue” permit systems or “Constitutional carry” and “Gun free” zones are soft targets for criminals. Whereas lawful carry deters crime. The article states that Legislators Rajsz and Steingart voted no on the resolution. But said they support the Second Amendment.
I have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in my truck. I don’t ride around looking for injured people or fires. But I’d rather have them and not need them. Than need them and not have them. I maintain a calm demeanor if I carry a firearm.
Keep this in mind. Our founders ratified the Second Amendment, in part, to protect the First Amendment rights, of those like Rajsz and Kennedy. Although I strongly disagree with their statements I’ll still strongly defend their right to make them. I’ll have a reasonable debate on the matter at anytime.
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