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January 22, 2013

CONFER: New York's anti-gun culture

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Niagara Gazette — Furthermore, look back to 2000 when Pataki’s successor Eliot Spitzer — then acting in his role of attorney general — spearheaded efforts that made New York state the first state to sue gun manufacturers, importers and wholesalers under the illogical and twisted assumption those companies contributed to danger and crime. The only thing that saved these law-abiding vendors — and their law-abiding customers — from ruin was a federal law devised later that shielded manufacturers from such lawsuits.

With such a culture in play — and completely empowered by the voters and the leaders they put in place — one could legitimately fear that it may become impossible for New Yorkers to keep most of their firearms. It’s difficult now. What sort of laws will be devised 5, 10, 15 years from now? What will the next “assault weapon” be?

New York’s manner of gun control is an affront to the American standard of liberty. Under the framing of the Constitution powers were allotted to each of the states to on their own create and enforce legislation that would affect governance within their borders. The caveat to this designation was that the states could not infringe upon any of the natural rights and rules of government called-out in the Constitution.

The ability to protect ourselves was recognized as one of those rights, the Founding Fathers knowing full well that it would be in the sights of an ever-growing, always-controlling government. Therefore, the gun laws spawned by the Cuomo administration, like those in administrations before them, are unconstitutional.

This ongoing desecration of the U.S. Constitution and natural rights is a sad commentary on where New York state has been and where it is going. But, it’s an even sadder commentary on where our great nation may one day be … New York might just be the template for future federal gun laws, especially if Cuomo’s never-ending crisis management endeavors net him control of the White House. Scary.

Gasport resident Bob Confer also writes for the New American magazine at TheNewAmerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer.

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