We the People of New York State, that is, the natural persons lawfully residing within this state, do hereby order and direct, The governor and the senate to immediately repeal the NY SAFE act of 2013. This is not a request or a demand, but an order and directive, as it is unlawful, null and void, being in direct opposition to the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of New York Civil Rights - Article 2 - § 4. This is the will of the people, and as you are our duly appointed representatives, you will see to it that our will is carried out.
The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is the RIGHT of all the people. This RIGHT is not subject to registration. Registration means surrendering our lawful RIGHT in exchange for permission, which may or may not be granted, or can be taken away, at the behest of the magistrate. This goes beyond infringement or diminishing our RIGHT. It is direct violation of the very principle upon which this RIGHT was declared in our constitution. Our founding fathers came from a European tradition in which only the nobility and chivalry had the right to keep and bear arms, and the peasantry had no such rights, but may be awarded the privilege if his lord saw fit. Our nation was founded upon the principle that We the People are the sovereign kings and queens of this land, and as such all people are as nobles, that there shall be no peasants, and you, duly appointed representatives, are charged with the task of carrying out our will. So the principle of the right to keep and bear arms predates the advent of the firearm, let alone the auto-loading type, and this principle does not change with the emergence of new technology. The right to keep and bear arms means that the people shall have access to whatever state-of-the-art technology is available.
The exception in these Unites States of America was in the case of slavery. All free men had the right to keep and bear arms, but slaves did not. If, today, the people do not have this right, but must ask permission, are we then your slaves? This argument is not at all in the extreme, because if the government has the power to force us against our will at the point of a gun, and we can do nothing to defend ourselves, then are we not your slaves? So what do we have here today? A government that gains increasingly new technology to enforce its laws, a government that is stockpiling huge supplies of ammunition, while they place ever-heavier restrictions on how we may defend ourselves, and now you wish to take away that right altogether. Listen here now: We will not comply. We will not register our firearms, let alone surrender them. We will not be your subjects. You may deem us criminals for doing so, but it is you who have broken the law, and we who defend it.
If you truly want to reduce gun violence like you claim, you will sit with us as equals and we will find solutions that work. But you have demonstrated that these are not your motives. At best, you have demonstrated ignorance of the simple facts. Outlawing guns only results in an increase in gun violence and death. The law-abiding citizen, no longer able to defend him or herself, is a helpless victim. But among you
there is a more sinister plot at work, a plot to exploit the tragedy of gun violence to impose laws intended to gradually disarm the law abiding populace. Whatever your motive is, if your goal is to make people defenseless, it can only be malevolent.
There is some talk about an amendment to exempt law enforcement from this bill. This is entirely unacceptable. Here again, we have a situation in which there is a caste system, in which a praetorian class has certain privileges that the populace does not. This is in direct violation of the very principle of the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms, not just government officials. The Second Amendment was declared for this very reason. Never again shall the people be forced to be subject to the whims of the King and his officers, whether it be by the sword, the musket, the auto-loading firearm, or a tazer. Yet already we see the police emerging as a praetorian class, empowered to kill and inflict injury with impunity and relative immunity.
Let's discuss where all those Aye votes came from. 27 Ayes from New York City, which has more districts then the rest of the state put together. A place where it is already nearly impossible to legally acquire a firearm, let alone a handgun. Yet you still have gun violence. A place where the majority of the residents are completely ignorant about firearms, many have never held a real gun or ammo in their lives, or know a real person who keeps guns, but rather only sees the dramas on television. And just how qualified are such people to render an informed opinion about gun safety? Let's see. They believe that the best way to protect our children is for parents and teachers to be defenseless. That the best way to protect women from violence is for them to be defenseless. ...and they call us gun owners crazy. New York City, a place where, under your Mayor Bloomberg, the people have no rights. A place where there are routine checkpoints, random searches, stop-and frisk, and mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators. The most heavily taxed municipality in the Union, yet still depends on routine issuing of summonses and arrests to meet its financial goals. And now you legislators from New York City districts want to impose your way of life upon the rest of the state. No thanks. If your constituents want to remain disarmed subjects of His Majesty the Mayor, let them. Since your city is already disarmed and therefore unaffected by this law, We the people of New York State declare your votes on this matter to be disqualified, null and void.
In conclusion, this act can, will and must be repealed. there can be no compromise on this. This law will prove to be a disaster. Violent crime will skyrocket, just as it has in Illinois. Law abiding, tax paying, home-owning New York state residents and business owners are already getting ready to leave the state. Those who stay may or may not comply. Law enforcement may or may not comply. if they do, enforcement would means filling our prisons with law abiding, hard working citizens, while real violent criminals are unaffected. Gun shops may or may not comply with the ridiculous requirements for selling ammo. This act will not save one single child. it will not help catch one single criminal. it will however force an entire population of law-abiding citizens to decide whether to be an outlaw or a slave. Do not think we have come together to wave protest signs, congratulate ourselves, go home, suck it up and bend over. You think you can just make up a law and take our our guns? It doesn't work like that. μολν λαβέ (Molon Labe)
January 20th, 2013