Niagara Gazette

Communities

February 19, 2013

Protesters assault Cuomo's SAFE act at gun rally

LOCKPORT: About 200 attend protest at county courthouse

(Continued)

Niagara Gazette —

Steve Pettitt of Newfane brought is daughter Stacy for support. The Vietnam veteran said, "I want to make sure all the work I did over there doesn't get thrown away. We've got rights. I want to keep them."

His guns? "That's nobody's business but mine," he said. "What's wrong with having guns? Nothing."

Adam Balcom, an Air Force veteran, came with his wife Marion and sons Clayton, 12, and Logan, 9.

An aircraft weapons specialist, Balcom served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan during his tour from 1995 to 2002. He does not want the state to infringe on his Second Amendment rights.

"It's my Constitutional right," he said. "I fought for it. My family deserves it."

Niagara Falls resident Karl Zaker has an assortment of guns for hunting and a pistol permit.

"I think it's a crock of crap," he said of the SAFE Act. "I don't think it addresses the problem in the first place. I'm a big fan of proven methods to attack a situation, not just jump in feet first in panic mode."

His brother Richard Zaker said, "I never owned a gun until the governor put this law into place. I was worried about my rights being taken away."

 

Signs at Lockport Rally for Guns "Cuomo can't get illegal guns, will take our legal guns." ••• "USA, Land of the Free, home of the Brave made possible by guns. State lawmaker be courageous, not coward" ••• "Criminals believe in gun control too" ••• Fear the government that fears your guns. ••• "Molon Labe" Used when outnumbered. It's an ancient Greek expression which means, "Come and take it." It is a classical expression of defiance spoken by in response to the Persian army's demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. ••• Wayne Kneeppel of Gasport had a quote from Hitler's 1935 speech on the German Weapons Act on his back: "This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead in the future."

 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Communities
  • NIA LaSalle reunion art 072514 LaSalle classes to meet again for Hyde Park golf outing Perhaps it's because their building was demolished, leaving no physical evidence of their high school years that LaSalle High School grads are so true to their school. That's what Joel Holka thinks, anyway.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Equistar art 072514 Equi*Star celebrating 20th anniversary on Sunday The Equi*Star riding center in Burt will host an open house this Sunday in celebration of twenty years of providing therapeutic riding services.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Hibbards anniversary art 1 072414 Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard celebrates 75 years in Lewiston When Jim Hibbard first heard the term "frozen custard," he thought somebody had put pudding in the freezer. "I thought it was like cooked custard when I first heard about it," he said recently, as he and his employees prepared to celebrate his business's 75th birthday this weekend.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • NAD Artpark review art 072414 A warm welcome back for Aretha Franklin at Artpark

    The Queen of Soul returned to her Western New York roots Tuesday night in what has in recent years become an annual pilgrimage. Aretha Franklin spent a good part of her youth in Buffalo and even told the Artpark crowd she loved the name Tonawanda so much when she was a child that she told people she wanted to live there when she grew up.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Aretha Franklin 1 072314 SLIDESHOW: Aretha Franklin performs at Artpark Aretha Franklin performed Tuesday night at Artpark.

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • Western New York Land Conservancy nears funding goal for Stella Niagara Nature Preserve The Western New York Land Conservancy in partnership with the Sisters of St. Francis have now secured $2.6 million of $3.2 million in proposed funding for the creation of the Stella Niagara Nature Preserve by accepting a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

    July 22, 2014

  • 140721 Wallenda Staycation 1B.jpg Nik Wallenda Stay-cation in the Falls

    Nik Wallenda enjoyed a day-off in Niagara Falls on Monday, taking a jet boat and helicopter ride with family, friends and cast members of his Darien Lake show. (Photos by James Neiss)

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos 1 Video

  • NIA Bucci exhibit 1 072114 Local artist Nori Bucci's work on display at Main Street library Local artist and musician Nori Bucci's pencil art will be on display in the main floor exhibit cases at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. through Aug. 3.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA Biz Column art 1 072114 Electric cars will get charge out of new IBEW 237 battery station

    Those who drive electric cars now have a free location to stop and charge their batteries, thanks to a new charging station recently built at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 237 at 8803 Niagara Falls Blvd. Beside offering free charging, the stations gave a class of apprentice electricians a chance to learn how to assemble the stations. "We think it's a great training tool," said Russ Quarantello, a business manager for the union.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA New Skateland owners art 072114 Skating spot will re-open in fall under Rainbow Rink owners For Maurice and Barbara Cooper, purchasing the former Skateland rink on Lincoln Avenue in Lockport seemed a little like fate.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page