John Wilkes Booth shoots President Lincoln and leaps to the stage screaming, “Death to all tyrants”. Timothy McVeigh blows up an entire kindergarten class while wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Lincoln with same phrase. In Colorado, a judge who is working for rational and fair gun laws opens his front door and is shot dead.
In Oneonta, Chuck Pinkey’s words pour from the page of The Daily Star in a torrent of twisted thinking, prejudice and hate — and fill me with fear of what could come of his view of America.
There has been a “tip line” in place in New York since February 2012 for reporting possible gun violations to the proper authorities. Using a typical right-wing propaganda technique, Citizen Pinkey substitutes “informer” for “reporter” and makes it appear to be entirely Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s idea to have citizens inform on one another, police-state style. Pinkey bases much of the rest of his piece on this distortion.
• First: He maintains Cuomo is “picking on” upstate New York because, according to Pinkey, we have a negligible crime rate here. I would like him to explain that position to the families, friends and fellow officers of those state troopers and others who have lost their lives in protecting us here in the last few years. Mr. Pinkey, upstate New York does have serious crime problems, and a great many of them involve guns. Crime stats are not based on your personal opinion or imagination.
• Second: According to Pinkey, this terrible act [the tip line] by Gov. Cuomo has created a “frenzy” of fear among New York residents. This would lead [by Pinkey logic] to horrible violations of our “rights.”
Here’s what will actually happen in the real world. I will call the tip line and state that I have seen you with a gun that might be illegal. An agent will come to your house and politely request to see the gun in question. After examining the weapon, the agent will inform you that your gun is perfectly legal and leave after thanking you for your cooperation. The end.