Statements of 19 State Senators who opposed the New York gun banSubmitted by Resistance_2009 on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 09:38
Statements of 19 State Senators who opposed the New York gun ban
By Martin Hill
January 20, 2013
Following is a collection of official statments available from the 18 New York State Senators who voted NO on S2230, the New York "SAFE ACT" (New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) passed by the New York State Senate 43-18 on Monday, January 14, 2013. All statements are linked to their official websites and to local news reports where available. One additional Republican, Lee M. Zeldin, was excused for Army Reserve duty and issued a written statement against the bill (below). There were four women among the 18 lawmakers who voted no. Some have not yet issued statements, but their contact information is listed.
Senator Greg Ball
In his official press release, Senator Ball stated
"SENATOR BALL ON CUOMO'S GUN GRAB
Posted by Greg Ball on Monday, January 14th, 2013
"Albany, N.Y. 1/14/2013 "We needed solid provisions to keep the violently, mentally ill from harming our communities, our kids and our families. That didn't happen tonight. While much in this bill, as far as stiffer penalties for real criminals and help on the mental health front is good, the last minute push, in the middle of the night without critical public input from sportsmen and taxpayers was outrageous and forced members to vote on a bill they had not read. While I'm glad we won on many fronts, including my permit privacy legislation against the Journal News, I simply cannot support a bill that turns law abiding citizens into criminals by creating an entire new category of illegal firearms out of currently legal rifles and shotguns," said Senator Greg Ball."
Ball is also quoted in Capitol Confidential as saying "We haven't saved any lives tonight, except for one: the political life of a governor who wants to be president... I voted no, and I only wish I could have done it twice."
Senator John J. Bonacic
In his official press release, Senator Bonacic stated, in part,
"As the Daily Freeman quoted Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, in an article on January 13, 2013: "Anybody wants to do anything, they will find a way to do it." The Sheriff pointed out that more restrictive gun and ammunition laws will not solve the crime problem. Sadly, I believe that is true.
Calls to my offices have been overwhelmingly against more gun control. When my constituents are overwhelmingly against something, and the bill we are asked to vote on is rushed through without any public review, that is nearly always a good reason to vote "no."
New York State, for years, has had the toughest gun laws in the nation. In reading the summary of the legislation provided (my comments below are based on how the legislation has been explained, because the print of the bill has not been shown to Legislators as I write this - 8 PM on January 14), it appears law abiding citizens would become criminals - eligible to be sent to jail, simply by failing to tell the government they own guns they lawfully purchased.
Equally problematic is the provision in the legislation prohibiting more than seven rounds in a ten round magazine - something irrelevant to a criminal. Under the legislation, magazines people now own, which are capable of holding ten rounds (bullets) continue to be legal, but a person may only load seven rounds in them. It strains credibility to believe a criminal bent on a massacre is going to load only seven bullets in a ten round magazine. Law abiding citizens, on the other hand, who erroneously load too many bullets in a magazine, would be criminals under the legislation.
Too often, in a rush to be "first" or "toughest"ï¿½ or in a desire to vote on something that "sounds good" or appeases a particular constituency, substantive policies are carelessly enacted. I sincerely hope this law does stop another massacre, but I honestly believe it is nothing more than window dressing designed to make people feel secure until the next tragedy strikes - all while criminalizing the actions of otherwise law abiding citizens."
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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com.
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