NY’s Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) Is Taking A Leading Role In Albany
Albany, NY –-(AmmoLand.com)- I had the honor of attending a trip to Albany, my third in less than a year. I did notice a subtle difference in the attitude of the legislators in our Capitol on this trip Legislators were more in tuned to the unrest among voters and I believe this plays in our favor.
The day before the trip, Steve and myself handed out SCOPE brochures/applications at the Tea Party Express’ rally in downtown Buffalo and it was a very, very pro gun group.
Budd Schroder, Steve Aldstadt and myself arrived early Tuesday Morning so that Budd and Steve could tape a TV show with Democratic Assemblyman Dennis Grabersak. We then met with six more legislators or their delegates.
Day two began with the Sportsman’s Breakfast. Each legislator who attended had a minute or two in front of the microphone to state how they supported the Sportsmen of NYS. SCOPE was mentioned by three legislators and in particular, Budd Schroeder was mentioned by legislators three times. Budd commanded the respect of the legislators like now one else in that room. He is considered by the legislators as the elder statesman for the 2nd Amendment. This was evidenced by the fact that Senator William Stachowski, Senator Dale Volker, Assemblywoman Francie Delmonte, Assemblyman Mark Schroeder (no relation) and former Assemblyman Vince Graber all spent at least 30 minutes sitting at our table.
No other Sportsmens group (with the possible exception of the NWTF, the breakfast sponser) were even mentioned by the legislators. Scope is taking a leading role in Albany.
My many thanks also the Ken Mathison whose leadership and steady hand has guided SCOPE to such a position of respect with our lawmakers. His countless trips and phone calls have undoubtedly set the table for many years to come.
Lastly ken’s wise and reasoned recommendation for a successor will also pay dividends as I do not have to make the case for Steve Aldstadt as the person to lead us in our fight to protect our civil rights.
My sincere thanks for the patience to read my impressions of the trip and to all the Board Members who have given so much to a cause that I am honored to be a part of.Gerry Cumbo
SCOPE is a New York State 2nd Amendment Civil Rights Organization dedicated to the preservation of firearms ownership since 1965. SCOPE is a New York State Not For Profit Volunteer Organization dedicated to the preservation of the Second Amendment.