WAKE UP NY – New York is the Least Free State in the Nation
by THOMAS H. KING, President NYSRPA
New York – -(Ammoland.com)- New York is the Least Free State in the Nation And we live in it!
That's right according to the Mercatus Center of George Mason University New York is the least free of the fifty states (http://mercatus.org/freedom-50-states-2011/NY).
According to the study “New York is by far the least free state in the Union. It has also experienced the most interstate emigration of any state over the last decade. New York has by far the highest taxes in the country. Property, selective sales, individual income, and corporate-income taxes are particularly high. Spending on public welfare, hospitals, electric power, transit, employee retirement, and “other and unallocable” expenses are well above national norms.
Only Alaska has more government debt as a percentage of the economy. On personal freedoms, gun laws are extremely restrictive, but marijuana laws are better than average, while tobacco laws are extremely strict, and cigarette taxes are the highest in the country.
Motorists are highly regulated, and home school regulations are excessive, but nondrug victimless-crimes arrests are low. New York has the strictest health-insurance community-rating regulations in the country, which have wiped out the individual market.
Mandated coverage is worse than average but were actually cut back substantially in 2007-2008. Eminent domain abuse is rampant and unchecked. Perversely (in our view), the state has stricter contribution limits for grassroots PACs than for corporate and union PACs”
How can this be? How can the Empire State a past bastion of free thought have let itself become the most regulated and least Free State in the nation?
Where have our free and conservative thinkers go? Maybe they are just leaving or as someone once said “voting with their feet”.
The New York post awhile ago published an interesting article that stated ” Here are the ugly details: Since 2000, New York's population grew at a paltry 2.1 percent, versus 9.7 percent nationally. As a result, New York not only loses those two House seats, it'll also miss out on billions in federal cash. The slip is in line with a decades-long, nationwide trend: Since 1940, America's population has been steadily shifting from high tax states, like New York, to low-tax states, like Texas and Florida. New York alone lost a stunning 18 seats over the past 50 years”. (http://tiny.cc/69pm1)
If you haven’t noticed I have yet to say anything about the 2nd Amendment.
New York State is abysmal! Most of the Cities are run by tax and spend mayors who are more interested in keeping their party and themselves in power than correcting the problems in their cities. I’m tired of hearing the worn out mantra “take the guns away and our streets will be safer”. The question should be asked, how much money does Mayor Bloomberg donate to these mayors to have them continually repeat that worn out phrase when all statistics prove it wrong?
Let me tell you what we have to do; we must cut taxes, welfare, and mandates. We must entice the private sector to create jobs in the cities, we must allow the police to arrest criminals and we must insist that the District Attorneys prosecute those that are arrested especially repeat offenders who commit crimes with guns. We must make it too difficult for the gangs to do business in our inner cities.
Why? Because recently I was talking to a very successful developer who made the comment “I wouldn't build in the city if you gave me the property. You fear for your life when you work into the late night”.
Wake up New Yorkers before it is too late!
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is the state’s largest and oldest firearms advocacy organization. Since 1871, our organization has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports. Our membership consists of individuals and clubs throughout the state. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization and the official NRA-affiliated State Association in New York. Visit: www.nysrpa.org