Letter to the Editor: Toughen laws; don’t take away Constitutional rights

With respect to President Obama’s eminent gun legislation, I will reserve my judgment until I see what the President has in mind as tougher regulations, not restrictions, may be in good form. However, I believe New York Governor Cuomo showed ignorance based on misinformation regarding assault rifles and magazine capacity.

Gun control schemes have failed in the past and unfortunately, as history has proven, will have no impact on public safety and crime. Sadly, the New York Legislature gave no consideration to this reality. To quote … “Ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.” No, this isn’t a quote from Governor Cuomo; it’s a quote from Heinrich Himmler.

While lawmakers could have taken a step toward strengthening mental health reporting, mandatory training for new gun owners and more importantly, focusing on criminals, they opted for trampling on the rights of law-abiding gun owners in New York, and they did it with absolutely no public input. Cuomo’s version of gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by taking cars away from sober people.

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” – Sen. Hubert Humphrey

As a free nation we should be concerned when our government even insinuates the disarming of law abiding citizens. Whether an individual owns a weapon for self-defense, hunting or is a sportsman, we must respect The Second Amendment, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed!!

Rob Popoff

Marco Island

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ajm3s writes:

Mr. Cuomo represents what hasty, emotional legislation looks like when you review the latest gun control law for NY. No thoughtful wide ranging review of solving the problem. I do not believe the police were even considered when this hastily drafted bill was put into law.

Mr. Cuomo claiming this should serve as a model for the USA. Really?

Limit 7 rounds!

Progressives will destroy safety ironically under the mantle of safety for the greater good. The role of government should be to secure OUR safety NOT limit OUR safety by those who seek to kill, rob, rape or simply harass us by defining the number of rounds in a clip to essentially impact almost every semi-automatic NOT just military assault type.

Wake up folks, its NOT about safety. If it was, we would NOT have gun-free zones in some public places. And we have evidence of the impact of gun-free zones the size of cities, ie. Chicago, Washington for historical reference.

Sailor writes:

Hascle, you forgot Nancy Pelosi, Diane Fienstien, Maxine Waters and the island idiot, our Fascist friend, Klaus.

marco826 writes:

They will tweak a few rules but thats it....no guns will be taken, ever.

Semper_Fidelis writes:

Mr. Klaus, I find it disparaging that you are from Germany and have so much to say about politics and the way things are done in the United States. I fought for this country and fought for our right to freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. If Germany was so wonderful why are you here? Moreover why are you so arrogant as to feel we really care about your opinion? Your native country has a less than perfect past; with that in mind we have a saying in the United States of America; "If you live in a glass house don’t throw stones."
Your bloated and opinionated blogs are ignorant and culturally inappropriate. In my mind, I didn't fight for people like you; I fought for the freedoms of Americans, not conceited Europeans who feel we should be part of a one world nation or do things the way you did in your country.
Your statistics are erroneous. There is nowhere on the planet where gun control has worked, PERIOD. Have a great time in the USA and never forget, we were the country that saved the world from oppression and fascism brought on by Germany during WWII.

Semper_Fidelis writes:

Klaus, you have proven your ignorance...history repeats itself and is doing so now. Take away the weapons and leaders become dictators.

Sailor writes:

KlausStoertebeker is a Solcialist and should know better as his country of origin had a fanatical fascist government. How did that work out for the world Klaus?

You are just a sheep like the rest of the Obama supporters...blind followers drinking the Jim Jones koolaid.

Sailor writes:

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By the way Klaus, if you hate it so much here why don't you just leave like Piers Morgan, another arrogant European...Get out, leave, go home! We really don't want you here, you're not welcome.

Brisla writes:

You sound like you think Obama wants to take away ALL guns - if that's what you really think, you're...well, misinformed (to be polite).

We are already not allowed to own bazookas, flame-throwers, surface-to-air missiles, hand grenades, and automatic weapons. Where do you draw the line?

It seems to me that the frequency of mass killings in recent years would indicate that high-capacity magazines and military style assault weapons in the hands of the populace might actually make us less safe.

26yearsonmarco writes:

I'm sure you all notice how HERR DUMMKOPFFFFFF's Physco Babble seems to peak around 4:30am, when, I assume, he and 1PPANTS find each other under a bed.

26yearsonmarco writes:

Here is something HERR DUMMKOPFFFFFFFFFF and 1PPANTS might want to consider:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

1Paradiselost writes:

Hey 26...

With the new mental requirements which YOU will half pass to hold your carry permit. I would be careful what you write about others.

Soon they they will revoke your permit due your mental deficiency! They just have to read what you have posted here in this newspaper, let alone do a mental profile of you.....

Racist.... Permit Revoked!
Hateful thoughts toward others.... Permit Revoked!
Angry old white man.... Permit Revoked!
Suppressing the first amendment... Permit Revoked!
Anti-American Comments.... Permit Revoked!
Past problems with the IRS.... Permit Revoked!

You like posting links that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. May I suggest you read this book...

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Switched-Of...

Semper_Fidelis writes:

No Assault Rifles were used in Newton

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/toda...

And Klaus, you never answer any questions you just ramble.

Sailor writes:

Speaking or KlauseStoertebeker, answer these questions:

Are you an American citizen?
Why do you take such an interest in our politics?
And, if the rest of the world does things better, why are you here?

I agree with my Marine buddy Semper, you are just an arrogant blowhard. Mind your own business and keep your uneducated opinions to yourself; you haven't earned the right to judge the USA!!

2themoon writes:

The reason Klaus moved here was because the Germans got sick of listening to him over there.

WizeOlMarco writes:

Klaus should leave because of his ancestry? Hmmmm. Calusa ancestry records don't include any records for the 'Sailor' family...ye who blows hard should be careful of what wind they inhale.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

Klaus, something to think about...You live in a country that was founded by a few weapons wielding men against many arrogant Europeans. Today it is the greatest nation on the earth.

The world may be global? But that is not without consequences.

If Germany won't take you back, there is always France. Maybe?

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