Niagara Gazette

January 5, 2013

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Protect the Second Amendment

The attack that we are seeing today on the Second Amendment elicits the same fears that our founding fathers had at the birth of our nation.

From the very beginning of this great nation, representatives of the first 13 colonies mistrusted proposals to enlarge federal powers. They were concerned about the inherent risks of centralizing power. The Second Amendment was put into place to combat these fears and to ensure that the federal government could not raise a standing army powerful enough to overcome an armed populace.

After hearing Gov. Andrew Cuomo state his opinion on how the state would enforce stricter laws on so-called “assault weapons:” “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it,” it is evident that the fears today are as strong as the fears of our founding fathers.

Cuomo goes on to say that he understands the rights of gun owners; he understands the rights of hunters. Unfortunately, that has nothing to do with the argument that should be taking place. I have not heard one of my elected representatives come out and state that the Second Amendment was put into place so the citizens of the United States could protect themselves from the government’s tyranny.

We must make sure that Albany knows we will not allow our rights to be weakened or taken away in any manner.

Brian Weidman

Otego