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New York – -(Ammoland.com)- No one will be surprised that I disagree with the Febuary 6th 2014 opinion piece [in New York's 'The Buffalo News' http://tiny.cc/lpc6ax] that the “safe act was a good first step”, but I agree that people should do their own research.

That requires independent thinking and questioning of the legitimacy of prior research and the application of statistical data.

On 1/28/13 a Time magazine article stated that there were approximately 30,000 firearms deaths each year in the US, the majority of which were suicides (approx. 2/3) which tells us we have a gun problem. Those statistics are more indicative of mental health problems. Would an absence of firearms have prevented any of these suicides or just resulted in suicide by some other means?

While I agree that individuals with mental illness do not make responsible gun owns, government should address the separate issues of violent crime and mental health and abandon its “shotgun” approach to public safety issues. I also doubt that the firearms banned by the “safe act” were statistically significant in suicides.

That writer also questioned if gun ownership made one feel safer or more nervous. I don’t see those words as antonyms. Many people, myself included, believe that they themselves are the person most responsible for their personal safety. I suggest that such a belief is a necessary element of “personal responsibility.” Gun ownership is both a right and an awesome responsibility. As citizens we have both rights and responsibilities and neither should be ignored or taken lightly. Responsible gun owners recognize the importance of safe handling and proper storage by responsible law abiding citizens, while keeping them out of the hands of criminals and other irresponsible individuals. This can be accomplished – but not by 3 men in a room.

Opposition to the “safe act”, both its content and means of passage, is not about being pro-gun, it’s about our constitution, and not just the Second Amendment. Don’t blindly support the safe act because of what others told you it will do – read it – all of it – and recognize all its implications, and then ask why criminals would comply with this new law while ignoring earlier ones.

The old ones didn’t work because the government didn’t enforce its penalties and new laws are just a diversion from government failures.

The framers of our constitution were brilliant people and we can still benefit from their wisdom. They lived under a type of government to which our county is reverting, despite the precautions they took to prevent it – our esteemed Constitution.

Benjamin Franklin famously (and maybe foretellingly) stated “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”

Erie County, NY Sheriff Tim Howard

  • 3 User comments to “Sheriff Howard’s Response To ‘NY Safe Act – Good First Step’”

    1. A good “first step”, you say? And I’ll bet the “gentleman” thought the same of Kristallnacht, too.

    2. A good “first step” to what? Gun confiscation?

    3. John:
      Exactly: gun confiscation. That’s what Bloomberg wants, and he’s one of the prime movers behind the “SAFE” act.
      (Don’t you just love the names given to laws? The “SAFE” act won’t make us any safer. The “Affordable Care Act” was KNOWN by its drafters to make health care less affordable.)
      The left has only two goals:
      1. Get re-elected (well, this applies to all pols)
      2. Manage the lives of everyone (except themselves, of course) because we are such children, and don’t know how to manage our own affairs. To see this, just look at the laws they’ve promulgated in the past. How much of our own lives has already been taken over? We can’t manage our finances without governmental interference (Try moving more than $1000 from pone bank to another without governmental oversight); we can’t manage our own retirement (Social Security); we can’t educate our own children (do I really need to elaborate on this?). The list goes on. And no, I’m not a Libertarian. The Government does have a legitimate function: to do for the People what the People can’t do by themselves.

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