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Legislator praises local efforts to fight state’s anti-gun law

Posted 6 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Editor:

The Second Amendment guarantees our right to own guns by stating, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  This has nothing to do with hunting and everything to do with self-defense. It is our God-given right to defend our families, our property and ourselves anywhere, anytime.

The logic and reasoning of the anti-gun movement is completely flawed. The notion that if laws are passed banning guns then the crimes associated with guns will disappear. There is no data to back up this premise, just the opposite.  You cannot dictate human behavior by laws. If you could, then murder, rape, assault, robbery and child abuse would not exist since laws against these crimes have been around in civilization for thousands of years. Unfortunately, these crimes still exist today. Since this shows how flawed their anti-gun reasoning is, then one must ask what the real agenda is behind getting rid of law abiding citizens’ guns?

The Second Amendment is about citizens being allowed to protect their families and their property from criminals and from an overbearing government. It exists so people can protect the First Amendment rights from this type of government, which is why it is the Second Amendment. The only logical conclusion to the anti-gun laws is to disarm the citizens, making us more reliant on a big centralized government for protection and leaving us defenseless against the government and those who don’t obey the law – the criminals.

All gun laws are unconstitutional. We don’t need laws infringing on our rights, what we need is a Justice System that actually punishes criminals. We need a society that is more concerned about victims of crimes and not about why a poor criminal commits a crime. What happened to people taking responsibility for their actions? I don’t care why someone commits a crime, just the fact they will be punished for their offense against a civilized society.  How about this for a law, if someone uses a weapon in a crime, they not only get punished for the crime but they get a mandatory five years in jail on top of their sentence for using a weapon.

Considering, per the FBI, that only 50 percent of murders are committed with guns, then my law proposed would also cover the other 50 percent of murders, in which their anti-gun laws do not, while not leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless. According to the FBI, 2,500,000 crimes were stopped by law-abiding citizens arms with a gun, crimes that otherwise would have happened. Why does the media never discuss that fact? Could they be part of the agenda too?

Orleans County is leading the fight opposing the NY S.A.F.E ACT. When the Legislature passed its resolution opposing this law, it was forwarded to the towns and villages in our county as well as to other counties in the state.  Today, the county, all 10 towns and two of the four villages in Orleans County have passed resolutions opposing The NY S.A.F.E Act. The goal is to have all county, town, city and village governments in the state pass opposition to this law, sending a clear message to Albany:  quit taking away our rights and start punishing those that commit crimes against society. The government is not here to take away our guaranteed rights but it is supposed to be here to protect them.

I see more and more signs in yards to “Repeal the NY S.A.F.E. Act”  and it makes me proud to be an American.  It shows that people are not only aware but obviously as afraid as I am regarding the course in which our state and country are taking. Thank you for exercising your First Amendment Constitutional right to protect your Second Amendment right.

Donald Allport
Gaines

(Allport is a member of the Orleans County Legislature serving in a county-wide legislator position.)