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March 12, 2013

Reps should not encourage unlawfulness

The Daily Star

---- — Shame on Mr. Seward and Mr. Crouch for smearing their good names and participating in a rally promoting misunderstanding of New York’s new gun legislation — with rally participants shouting, “We will not comply.” 

I’m sorry, but the law is the law, regardless of your personal beliefs, and as legislators, you are committed to upholding the law — not lending your support to mob action in defiance of the law.

New York state is perfectly within its rights to enact legislation for the protection of its citizens, and this law in no way affects our Second Amendment rights. As a previous letter to The Daily Star stated, we do have a standing and “well-regulated” militia, and it’s called the New York State National Guard. And every citizen who is able to successfully pass a background check is perfectly free to own a firearm. Why would anyone object to background checks and registration of firearms, since we are very accustomed to licensing processes for drivers and registration of automobiles?

The Second Amendment does NOT, however, guarantee your right to own a military-style, high-capacity assault weapon. I have yet to hear a cogent argument as to why any private citizen requires a weapon of such capacity. The state has the right to regulate these weapons. The state has the right to require registration of firearms, and the state has the right to determine through background checks whether or not a person is capable of being a safe gun owner — just as the state has the right to determine whether or not someone is capable of being a safe driver.

So, I say again, shame on Mr. Seward and Mr. Crouch for failing in their roles as legislators and for participating in NRA-driven paranoia.

Cathy Maxam