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By Edwin Taber
In this article I will be addressing states rights as they apply to the Second Amendment and I will be referencing Webster's 1828 Dictionary since it reflects the definition of words used in the US Constitution. Right - Just claim; immunity; privilege. All men have a right to the secure enjoyment of life, personal safety, liberty and property. We deem the right of trial by jury invaluable, particularly in the case of crimes. Rights are natural, civil, political, religious, personal, and public. Power – the right of governing. “The powers not delegated to the United States [all the states] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states [individual] are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” The Tenth Amendment Respectively – as relating to each. What is an example of a prohibition to the state in the US Constitution? In the Second Amendment there is a prohibition to the states. The Second Amendment says: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. The individual states are prohibited by the words “shall not be infringed”. Prohibit means to forbid or to interdict by authority. The word shall means the authors wished to express determination with the implication of an authority to enforce. Interdict means to prohibit. Infringe means to violate, either positively by contravention, or negatively by non-fulfillment or neglect of performance. Contravention means a defeating of the operation or effect. A state's power to govern has restrictions such as the one imposed in the Second Amendment. The Constitution does not permit any state action forbidding any part of the Second Amendment. A state cannot attempt to defeat the intent and purpose of the Second Amendment by statute, policy or regulation. A state cannot neglect to support and defend the Second Amendment. The prohibition of this particular power to govern to the states as stated by “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment is expressed with determination for compliance and with an unqualified intent to enforce. The prohibition extends to the people as well since it's the duty of citizens to participate in the security of the state and they cannot refuse any call to militia duty except on religious scruples as this would clearly be an infringement.
By Tom Reynolds
Andrew Cuomo said in Syracuse: "I’ve done more for upstate economic development than any governor in the history of the state of New York." With friends like Cuomo, who needs enemies? In reality, upstate New York jobs’ growth has been less than a quarter of the national average with an outright loss of manufacturing jobs. Cuomo’s “Hunger Games” awards have mostly wasted over $3 billion supporting such economic development projects as bike trails and empty film studios. Some might ask; what went wrong? But the better question is; was it ever intended to succeed? To answer why Cuomo’s upstate economic development policies were never meant to succeed and how this impacts our defense of the 2nd Amendment, it is necessary to first understand the political situation in New York. In the two legislative bodies which control New York State government, the leaders of the majority party in the legislatures (Speaker in the Assembly and Majority Leader in the Senate) are extremely powerful and little gets done without their personal approval. Cuomo’s party controls the New York Assembly with 106 of 150 seats, about 75 of which are New York City area Democrats, so there is no real hope of change in the NY Assembly. Of the 63 seats in the NY Senate, the Democrats control 31, the Republicans control 31 and 1 is held by a Brooklyn Senator named Simcha Felder who ran on both the Republican and Democrat lines. Senator Felder caucuses with the Republicans which gives them the majority, by one vote, and allows them to elect a Republican Majority Leader to control the Senate. (If you are wondering why a Brooklyn Senator sits with the Republicans, his district voted for Mitt Romney and Donald Trump in the last two presidential elections.) A Republican Majority leader in the Senate prevents much of Cuomo’s and NY City’s anti 2A craziness from becoming law. So, the only thing keeping Cuomo from complete political control of the state hangs by a thread.
If Felder should change and caucus with the Democrats or if one seat flips in the upcoming election, Cuomo controls the Senate and it will be goodbye 2nd Amendment and farewell to Upstate. The above facts are pretty much indisputable, which brings us back to the question, of why Cuomo’s economic development plans were never meant to substantially help upstate New York. The answer lies in Cuomo’s backup plan to gain the majority in the NY Senate so a Democrat becomes the powerful Majority Leader. In 2020, there will be a national census and in 2021 the legislative districts will be redistricted to reflect that census. When the population shifts more to the New York City area, it will gain Senate seats (Democrats for sure), Upstate will lose Republican seats and the Majority Leader will become Democrat (and most likely a NY City Democrat).
Cuomo’s economic policies have not stopped population loss in Upstate but do support his goal of a Democratic Senate based on NY City. When jobs disappear the population follows them. Out-migration to other states has exceeded in-migration from other states, even in NY City. While Upstate NY’s total population has shrunk, NY City’s total population has grown slightly because of immigration. (Did you really believe Sanctuary Cities were all about social justice?) Cuomo just needs to continue the current trends and he is guaranteed Senate control in 2022 as Senate seats shift from Upstate to the NY City area. Cuomo and Democrats don’t mind wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on failed economic projects in order to gain political control through a depopulated Upstate. Remember, Cuomo proposes economic plans for Upstate which emphasize tourism and agriculture, which just happen to be the two lowest paying sectors of the economy and many of those jobs are seasonal. While I, and probably many of you, like tourism and agriculture, who would try to build a strong Upstate economy based on the lowest paying sectors of the economy? The answer, of course, is Andrew Cuomo, since he does not want a strong upstate economy. Cuomo’s plan was multifaceted as one of his other major initiatives has been consolidation under the guise of budget savings. But most savings are illusory and consolidating governments makes the state easier to control from Albany. It’s easier to control 63 counties than the hundreds of towns and villages - none of which are located in NY City - and Cuomo is all about control!
One tragedy in all this is the human cost of Cuomo’s plan, which he callously ignores. Families with long histories in Upstate NY are being torn apart as sons and daughters must seek jobs in other states. NY has a huge, state funded, system of higher education but, after NY taxpayers have funded their education, the graduates must move to other states to find a job. That’s the problem, but what is the solution? What can we do to stop the Cuomo express since he is well on his way to depopulating Upstate and declaring 2A obsolete? Most immediately, we have to maintain control of the NY Senate or Cuomo’s plan is inevitable. This means holding all thirty one Republican seats in 2018 and flipping some of the current Democratic seats. Where are the potential flips? Of the thirty-one Democratic Senators, only 5 are located outside of the NY City area stronghold: one each in Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany and two on Long Island. While we, in Upstate, tend to ignore Long Island, it should be noted that the two Long Island Democratic seats just flipped from Republican in the 2016 election and by small margins. It’s quite possible that these two seats are better candidates for flipping than the three in Upstate. (The City of Albany, for instance, has not had a Republican mayor since the 1920’s.) Pro 2A groups in Upstate need to push our Upstate politicians and Upstate political committees and the state Republican committee to field strong candidates on Long Island and then we must financially support those candidates. It’s important to flip some seats no matter where they may be.
We need to get Upstate residents registered and voting. NY City Democrats don’t vote heavily in off year elections such as 2018 and both the governorship and Senate seats could be at risk if we can motivate people to register and vote in order to save their jobs, their rights and their families. Effective registration and get-out-to-vote campaigns are vital. The pro 2A community can seek and work with allies in unrelated areas; groups that share our dislike of Cuomo and understand the need to save Upstate. The greatest threat that Cuomo’s plan faced was hydro-fracked gas since that would have turned around the upstate economy and increased population more than enough to offset NY City’s growth due to immigration. We only need to look a few miles south of the NY border to understand why hydro-fracking would ruin Cuomo’s plans. We may not agree with these groups on all the issues but we certainly agree far less with Cuomo and NY City Democrats. These other groups need to apply the same logic to their efforts. There are 4 to 6 million gun owners in NY State but in the 2014 gubernatorial election there were less than 4 million votes cast. By my calculation, only a little more than 1 million gun owners may have voted. There is a group ripe for cultivating the vote since Cuomo’s 2013 gun control legislation, the Safe Act, is a major issue. They may not like guns or perhaps some gun owners don’t like fracking but I’ll bet that almost all dislike Cuomo more. We must focus on the bigger picture which is to save Upstate (and thus 2A) from Cuomo and the NY City Democrats.
Of course, it’s well established the two major impediments to NY State’s economy are high taxes and stifling regulations. But that will not change until we change governors. While we may not see much effect in NYS, for the reasons I’ve described, we have just seen what a change in Washington can do for the economy in most states. A change in governors could work wonders for the economy. Finally, we need to let our upstate politicians know that we are not fooled by the “Trojan Horse” economic policies of Andrew Cuomo. We must insist on incentives that are effective and do not throw away taxpayer dollars on programs that were never intended to succeed.
By C. Bruce Kingsley Jefferson/ Lewis SCOPE Chairman
What better place to inspire our youth to enjoy the sport of shooting than being promoted through their schools? The Jefferson/Lewis Chapter of SCOPE has made this our primary objective to support school trap leagues. There are 8 schools that have trap leagues in these two counties and the numbers are growing. There are 19 schools and over 350 students in leagues across the state. NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL CLAY TARGET LEAGUE has a very informative website nyclaytarget.com that has good information of how to get students and schools involved. We just have to get the courage to talk to our schools’ superintendents, and find a local gun range. The schools involvement is nothing more than informing the youth and their parents. Our chapter is offering thousands of dollars to the leagues in an essay contest as an enticement to form these leagues and keep them active. SCOPE needs exposure so the public knows who we are and what we stand for. We have been busy at numerous affairs raising money supporting SCOPE and 2A. School trap leagues will be our inspiration to continue with these efforts. It would be a great achievement to have the local news media televising a league receiving a check for $1000, with the SCOPE banner in the background, and kids breaking a few clays.
The schools have adopted the zero tolerance concerning firearms. It would be a good objective for SCOPE members to change this attitude. It was just the other year a 10 year old youth was suspended for several days for eating his graham cracker into the shape of what appeared to be a firearm. We have to change this mentality starting with the news media, schools, and legislators.
By Attilio A. Contini
I just finished reading the December issue of IMPRIMIS. I am sure many members of SCOPE also get the Hillsdale College publication. This month it had a piece entitled “Three Lessons of Statesmanship”, written by President Larry P. Arnn. He talks about Winston Churchhill, the stage leading up to and after WWII, of course Statesmanship, and the situation we face today here in the United States. His point that draws me to refer to the article is: That the majority of people here in the US today say that they are afraid of our Government. Truer words have never been said! Why does SCOPE exist? Because we fear what our State Government has been doing for the past fifty years. The problem has grown sublimely and reached a point on 1/19/2013 (The SAFE ACT) that some of us believe is a crisis. We tried to stop and reverse the situation. For practical purposes we have failed miserably. Cuomo and his henchmen secretly and quickly passed The SAFE ACT in a couple of days. It will have far reaching consequences very soon. Even most of our so called friends in the State Legislature have been ignoring us for almost four years now. Some of our worst fears will be falling into place in the coming months.
Like Churchill in 1940, will we have to take an “absolute stand for our homeland” (our Constitutional Rights) “knowing that utter defeat is possible”. Churchill and Great Britain, had a savior; the United States of America. Who do we have? We have the numbers: Four million strong. But, we don't seem to have the will, motivation, sense of urgency, or leadership. I thought SCOPE was that leadership but we seem to have fizzled out. After almost five years most of our numbers don't seem to know what is going on. Only last week I was talking to a very astute 78 year old friend, a gun owner, who didn't have a clue about the SAFE ACT and his need to re-certify. On top of that he never votes. What are we waiting for? Some people seem to think we are going to magically defeat Cuomo in November 2018 and elect a pro Constitutional Rights, pro gun Legislature. I don't think so! The Republican Party doesn't even have a candidate to challenge Cuomo. I doubt they will have candidates to primary all the RINO's in the Senate and Assembly. To add insult to injury even if they did, it will be very hard to reverse the impact of the results of the SAFE ACT being implemented between now and January 2019.
We cannot and should not accept defeat to a minority. Like Churchill warned, Our Government has grown totally unaccountable. We need a “Strategy For Commitment and Freedom”. Like it or not we have a war on our hands in this State. We need the “protection of the rights of We the People to control our Government”. We need it now and fast otherwise we will lose it forever. We desperately need someone to step forward and be a leader like Winston Churchill was. We need to unite, sit down, redefine our plan of action, mobilize, and make that plan work!
By Brad Fitzpatrick
Reprinted with permission from the NRA Family Magazine
When I brought my newborn daughter home from the hospital, my wife and I received a lot of advice, both solicited and unsolicited, on topics ranging from sleep cycles to feeding to treating diaper rash and colic. Most of the advice was thoughtful, and it helped me wade through those first few exhausting weeks of fatherhood. But one particular directive struck me: A woman that came by the house to give my daughter’s cheeks a squeeze, stuck a bent finger in my face, and said, “You need to do something about all those guns. Keep them locked up, at least.”
Admittedly, I know precious little about diaper rash or colic, but I know guns. And I could read between the lines when she said “keep them locked up, at least.” Translation: You really should get rid of your guns because you have a kid. I grew up in a house with guns. Maybe you did too. If guns were innately dangerous we wouldn’t have made it this far in life. But there are those that feel that all guns are dangerous, in large part because the only exposure they have to firearms comes via news outlets that paint all guns and gun owners with a broad, bloody brush.
There will come a day when my daughter will climb onto the school bus for the first time and step out into the big world. And I know too that she will make friends with kids whose parents don’t want their child hanging out with that gun writer. So, how do we handle those parents? How do we help them to understand that just because I own guns does not make me irresponsible?
Here are a few key points that you need to keep in mind when talking to parents who don’t want their child playing in a house with guns.
1. Find Common Ground: The parent who refuses to allow their child to come to a house with firearms doesn’t want their child to be hurt or killed. Guess what? I am a parent, I have guns, and I don’t want to see my child or anyone else’s hurt or killed, either. Guns are like automobiles, votes or gasoline and matches in that their use—good or bad—depends on the merit of the individual who controls them. Frankly, there are people with whom my daughter doesn’t ride in a car, not because cars are inherently bad, but because I don’t trust the driver.
2. Educate: The first key to dealing with a parent who is anti-gun is not to engage in a war of words but rather to explain to them that the myths perpetuated by anti-gun outlets are not true. Tell them that, as a gun owner and a parent, you are acutely aware of the fact that irresponsible gun handling can lead to injury, but help them understand that groups like the NSSF and NRA are working to help educate people about safe gun handling. There’s a widespread notion among anti-gun forces that groups like the NRA are somehow against gun safety, which could not be further from the truth. Tell these parents that gun groups are at the forefront of gun safety, leading the charge toward better security for firearms and gun education for all. Ask them if they’ve ever shot a gun and invite them to the range, or invite them to review NRA safety programs designed for kids, like Eddie Eagle.
3. Shoulder the Responsibility: I don’t know your kid. I don’t know if they’ve had any exposure to guns save the endless theatrical violence they witness in television and movies, but I’m certainly not going to allow my guns to reach your child’s hands. The responsibility of safe gun handling lies on the shoulders of gun owners, and we need to accept that responsibility. That’s a powerful message to advocates of strict gun control; I don’t believe that this responsibility lies with the government but rather with the individual, and to preserve that right I intend to take care to see that my guns are safe and secure. Parents ultimately have the right to allow their child to go or not go into anyone’s home. But it needs to be understood that if you don’t allow your child to come to my home for fear that there are guns then that is an attitude of ignorance, and it perpetuates the belief that all guns (and all gun owners) are bad.
By Harold Moskowitz
As I sit writing this, I am transfixed by the image of split logs being consumed by the flames in my stove. The radiating warmth sheds a feeling of protective safety from the sub-freezing world outside. Yet, if this moment of tranquility were to be suddenly shattered by a home invasion, my life would change forever. In New York State, you have a “duty to retreat” from impending violence. You must attempt retreat even into the sub-freezing temperature outside. You may use deadly force only if you are confronted by imminent lethal force and have no option for retreat. In any case, your use of lethal force can change your life forever. The responding law enforcement officer will likely place you under arrest. Your firearms will probably be confiscated. A District Attorney will ask the arresting officer if any provisions of the S.A.F.E. Act had been violated. A grand jury of total strangers would get to decide whether or not you will be indicted for murder in some degree.
One would like to think that the grand jury panelists would be unbiased but considering the divisive, polarized state of society today, that assumption might be unrealistic. True, it has been said that it is better to be “tried by twelve rather than to be carried by six.” However, your legal bills could cripple your economic well-being. The invader might have had a “rap sheet” as long as your arm, but the prosecution will portray him as a “family person” popular in his neighborhood. If he had been a young adult, it will be said that he would have become an outstanding college student athlete, scientist, pastor, … fill in the blank. It will likely be claimed that your actions cut short a young life filled with promise. This nightmare could happen at any time to any firearm owner exercising the right to home defense in our state. Were “defense” cartridges used? The prosecutor might suggest that you were just “itching” to see what type of damage to human flesh could be done by such rounds. Perhaps you only wounded the invader. Your problems are not prevented. Unlike some states, New York does not prohibit civil law suits arising from legitimate acts of self defense. The invader or, if deceased, his family will likely sue you. Was his spinal cord severed, leaving him an immobile paraplegic? You could be expected to pay, to some degree, for his huge medical bills and lifelong special needs requirements. Was an alleged promising career with high earning potential “destroyed” by your bullet? The jury might decide on a large monetary judgment against you with payments extending years into the future. Yes, one’s life can change in seconds.
How much time do we have for determining whether or not the use of lethal force is required for home or self-defense? Can one accurately assess in the dim light of night whether an intruder has a long knife or firearm? Is it a real gun or a replica? What if there were two invaders? Add to that tunnel vision which comes with the adrenaline rush. An anti-gun district attorney will probably not heavily weigh such mitigating factors when urging the grand jury for an indictment or a guilty verdict at trial. Clearly, the “rules of engagement” in our state are out of step with the needs of self-preservation in our unraveling civil society. Is there a solution to district attorneys who use their anti-gun bias to destroy your life or at least your Second Amendment right to own a firearm in the future?
Many residents are seriously contemplating resettling in other states to avoid the increasingly anti-gun bias of state officials. Unlike New York, forty-six states allow some use of the common law doctrine called the “Castle Doctrine.” It is a set of principles placed into laws allowing people to use “reasonable” force, including lethal force while inside the structure in which they regularly live. It allows for deadly force to be used as justifiable homicide when the home defender “reasonably” fears potentially lethal force or serious harm to himself or to another person. It may seem impossible at the moment. However, if the millions of state gun owners: Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians want to change the home-defense scenario described in this article, then things don’t have to remain this way forever. Pay attention to elections, especially those for district attorneys. Volunteer time to help pro-Second Amendment candidates. Donate to them and to SCOPE -PAC. Over time, politicians respond to large, active, dedicated interest groups. Miracles do happen!
By Don Hey, Chairman of the Board
With the New Year upon us, there is no time like the present to start engaging the challenges ahead. First and foremost are the coming elections. At the time of this writing, there is only one candidate that has indicated his intent to challenge Governor Cuomo and that would be Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. As always there will be hurdles for any challenger to overcome. Name recognition, money and a strong backing by Ed Cox, State Republican Chairman will be critical to mounting a successful campaign. With that said, it should be pointed out that in the last Governor’s race we the gun owners succumbed as a voting block to the Fake News and did not show at the polls.
No matter whom the Republican challenger is we must get behind that individual, support them financially and show up at the polls. Period! The election of Donald Trump needs to drive home the media’s intent to keep us home on Election Day. As you may recall right up to Election Day Clinton was leading in the “Fake Polls” and you were being subliminally told to stay home because your vote didn’t matter. Fortunately, enough voters were hell bent on change and did show up and we know the results. So this year it will be our job to educate, network and convince like-minded individuals that everyone’s vote matters.
The 2014 election had historically low voter turnout on both sides indicating that voters from all walks of life are frustrated. We can use this to our advantage. If you are a registered voter, please plan to vote. If not registered, do so as soon as possible!
Congressional Bill HR-38, National Reciprocity looks like it will meet minimal resistance and should pass sometime this year. Although many are opposed to the addition of HR 4477, which amends the Brady Bill, this amendment only looks to enact more responsible reporting to the Instant Background Check System. Although I would have liked to see HR 38 pass on its own merits, it is possible the addition of HR 4477 may help speed the passage of the combined bill. To touch on a thought that I am sure is going through your mind, yes, I am aware of the potential for abuse with any reporting to NICS, and yes we are all aware of the abuse here in NY by Cuomo. Like the Tax bill that Trump passed, you need to ask yourself if a handful of corrupt states should hold back the progress of a nation. If this joint bill is passed, name me another victory of this magnitude that has happened for gun owners in your lifetime.
Congressional Bill HR 3576, The Second Amendment Guarantee Act introduced by Congressman Chris Collins is still in committee awaiting additional co-sponsors. This bill, if passed, will eliminate a state’s ability to enact regulations on rifles and shotguns that exceeds federal regulations. States like New York, California, Maryland and New Jersey will no longer be able to further infringe on the Constitutional rights of lawful gun owners. Pistol grips, forward grips, standard capacity 30 round magazines, telescopic stocks and many other cosmetic features will again be available in New York! How can you help pass this bill? Simple, contact your family, friends and coworkers across the nation. Ask them to contact their Congressional Representative and tell them to co-sponsor bill HR 3576. Like HR 38, National Reciprocity, this is a national bill that needs national support. How many of you are on firearms forums? Post this on all of them asking the readers to do the same. Ask your family, friends and co-workers nationwide to do the same. Networking works. I have been in constant contact with Rep. Collins office in D.C. and they are very excited over this bill and feel the political climate is ripe for this kind of change, but they need our help. As a grass roots organization we are always reaching out to our members for assistance.
The simple fact is that we are volunteers, which means that many of us must be gainfully employed to pay bills. Please consider reaching out to your chapter chairman and offer to help. There are times when simple but important tasks need to be performed. A phone call contacting members that have let their membership lapse, picking up a printing order. Helping to set up and take down a meeting place can help streamline chapter operation. Please help where you can.
On January 20th the Delaware County Committee applied for chapter status at the first quarterly directors meeting in Syracuse, NY. Although I am writing this on January 17th, I am confident that Chairperson Andrea Elliot along with the officers and members of Delaware County will be recognized for their organization, activities and support of The 2nd Amendment. Welcome Aboard!
As you read this many of you have seen the new SCOPE website. If not please visit the site and share it through social media and email www.ScopeNY.org This new website will streamline information sharing, online membership signup and renewal. It incorporates the latest in technology and presents a professional image of our membership while attracting new members and educating members of the political arena. I would like to thank Barry Alt of A2Z Enhanced Digital Solutions for his dedication and professionalism throughout this project. Barry is also a SCOPE member and worked tirelessly with SCOPE Administrative Assistant Sue Maressa to bring this project to fruition. I wish everyone happiness and well being in the coming year. If there is anything I can do please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tim Andrews SCOPE President
With the new year comes the 2018 Albany legislative session. Thus far the early focus in Albany seems to be on passing legislation prohibiting those convicted of domestic violence crimes from possessing firearms, and banning the sale of bump stocks. A state law pertaining to domestic violence would be redundant, since federal law already addresses that issue. Consideration is also being given to a state ban on bump-stocks.
Thus far the governor’s legislative agenda seems more about his political aspirations than benefiting New Yorkers or fighting crime. Regarding bump-stocks, until the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, most people had no idea what a bump-stock was, and they were never used in crime. I recognize that most shooters I know have no interest in a bump-stock for various reasons. I for one am not interested in owning a bump-stock, but is that a reason to support a ban? I would argue no, because doing so would fall into the trap of blaming and banning hardware. When you start blaming and banning hardware where does it stop?
A good example is the issue of magazine size. How do you argue against magazine bans and support banning bumpstocks? We need to maintain consistency in our arguments. Whether we are talking about semi-automatic rifles, large capacity magazines or bump-stocks, they are not the problem, any more than a corvette is the cause of speeding.
Furthermore, with practice one could pretty much duplicate what a bumpstock does with just your finger. On the issue of bans, how many times have you heard a hunter, a sporting clay shooter or others say about military style semi-autos, “who needs one of them, they should be banned.” What everyone needs to understand, and the unSAFE Act clearly proves, the anti-gunners want them all. They want your Remington 1100 as well as your AR-15. The unSAFE Act’s mental health provisions and the recertification provisos provide for the confiscation of all your firearms, shotguns, rifles and handguns. You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose all your firearms. Under the unSAFE Act due process is gone. You are guilty and it’s up to you to prove your innocence to get your firearms back.
This November we face one of the most important elections of our lifetime. You will here me pound away at that throughout the year. You may get tired of hearing me talk and write about it, but please understand, it is not overstated to say that the 2018 election is the most important election of our lifetime. The best way to turn things around in Albany is to change the name on the front door of the governor’s mansion. I’ve heard some say it can’t be done; we can’t over come the vote coming out of New York City. Well, that is simply not true. 57% of the state’s adult population comes from outside New York City. In the 2014, gubernatorial election there were 3.8 million votes cast. There are about 14 million people in New York who are eligible to vote. That means there were 10 million people in New York State who did not vote in 2014. It’s estimated that 6 million people outside of New York City did not vote in 2014. Cuomo won that election by 500,000 votes. It’s easy to see that the 6 million who did not vote could have easily swung the election to Rob Astorino had they voted.
There are an estimated 4 to 6 million gun owners in New York. Undoubtedly many of those gun owners did not vote in 2014. That means there is fertile ground for us to plow, the numbers tell us we can defeat Cuomo in 2018. Voting and the right to keep and bear arms have a common purpose, each to protect the other. Second Amendment supporters need to treat the vote with the same reverence we treat the Second Amendment.
Most gun owners in New York are not members of SCOPE, the NRA, or any other Second Amendment organization. Those are the folks we need to reach. Many of those are people you know. Help us get the message out. The only thing we need to defeat Cuomo in 2018 is a lot of hard work and commitment from each one of us. We’ll be calling on all of you to help us educate gun owners on the importance of the 2018 election. Help us get gun owners registered to vote, and then make sure they vote on November 6, 2018. We need an unprecedented voter turn out; with your help we can turn the tide in 2018. Visit S.C.O.P.E.’s newwebsite , www.scopeny.org for information on voting and links to the board of elections where you’ll find the information necessary to register to vote.
By Harold Moskowitz
The American Revolution began when British troops marched to Concord to confiscate colonial arms and powder. Colonists viewed confiscation of arms as a violation of the relationship between citizenship, gun ownership, and liberty. Our Declaration of Independence spoke of God given “Inalienable Rights” which could not be denied by a ruler. However, lofty ideals about the People governing themselves and rights granted by God instead of a king were pointless unless the colonists could win independence. Without firearms, there would have been no chance.
The Second Amendment addressed the fear that a powerful central government could oppress the People. It was a guarantee that our national government would neither disarm the People nor replace state militias with a standing army. Jefferson believed that an armed population would be a deterrence to oppression. He saw the importance of preserving “the spirit of resistance.” Today, there are those among us who are involved in efforts to lead this nation toward socialism under a one-world government. Some work to further that goal while in positions of importance in government. Others use their considerable personal wealth to fund radical group efforts. Still others work toward the goal by indoctrinating young minds in university lecture halls.
They have been weakening us from within by undermining patriotism, authority, the family, expression of religion in public, morality, and our national sovereignty. Their efforts aim to weaken us through division by race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, age, culture, and “economic class.” “Political correctness” was devised to stifle any criticism of their agenda actions. To resist them in any way brands one a “racist,” “xenophobe,” “homophobe,” “Islamophobe,” etc. In our schools, the young are taught that “guns are bad.” For reinforcement, tee-shirts or trinkets portraying a firearm are prohibited. One elementary school child was even suspended for chewing a pop-tart into the shape of a gun.
The “globalists” would end U.S. sovereignty by having the government sign agreements such as the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. That treaty was solidly supported by then Secretary of State Clinton. International treaties of this type shift decision making on important issues from our elected government to international bodies where unelected, unaccountable administrators would decide how you would live. International law would supersede our Constitution and laws. There is no right of self defense under international law. In addition, firearm ownership is not considered an individual right.
It is the Second Amendment with the potential for armed resistance which is slowing the globalist agenda. The 300-plus million firearms in our urban/suburban communities could be problematic for government leaders if the public were pushed too far, too quickly. Calls for universal background checks are really aimed at national gun registration. Australian-style confiscations would then follow each subsequent mass shooting. AR15’s would be first, followed by semi-automatic pistols and shotguns etc. For now, they settle for incrementally chipping away at firearm ownership after each mass shooting. Each “gun-free zone” school shooting provides the emotional momentum for rapid, new infringements on Second Amendment rights.
Increasingly, the Bill of Rights is ignored in the name of security. The Constitution itself is often dismissed by many young people as an outdated document written by “old white slave owners.” The window of opportunity for altering this transformational agenda is in the process of closing. The Second Amendment keeps it open.
If the Second Amendment can be continuously eroded, the other amendments are not secure. This is the civil rights cause of our era. We were placed here, in this time, for a purpose. We must forget our differences, political or otherwise, to unite for defending and protecting our Second Amendment rights and, by extension, the preservation of the rest of the Bill of Rights, for those who come after us.
The November election is crucial for preserving individual liberty at the national and state levels. No excuses! If you are not registered to vote, get registered and encourage others to get registered. Speak to every gun owner about the importance of voting in this election. Governor Cuomo must be replaced to prevent new S.A.F.E. Act restrictions. At the national level, Democrat control of Congress would guarantee new firearm restrictions.
There is a tough row to hoe ahead of us. S.C.O.P.E. and other firearm organizations must coordinate and mobilize their members through county chapters and affiliated sporting groups. Voting registration forms and absentee ballots should be available at all gun shops, ranges, sporting competitions and chapter meetings. Chapters need to make provisions for members to call absent members as reminders to vote on November 6th. “Summer Soldiers” and “Sunshine Patriots” will not win the day for the preservation of individual liberty! Only your inaction can guarantee Governor Cuomo another chance to restrict your Second Amendment rights!
By Budd Schroeder
When it comes to politics, perception reigns. The old saying “you can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time,” is probably true, but it doesn’t seem to deter the liberal media. At least they give fooling most of the people a good try. The disagreements between the liberal left and conservative right seem to favor the left because they are the ones who control most of the media and the educational facilities. A former dictator had the saying: “If you tell a big lie often enough, people will believe it.” If one side of an argument gets most of the exposure, that one has the best chance of being believed. This is well defined in the issue of gun control. The anti-gun crowd consists mainly of people who control electronic media, newspapers, entertainment and a significant segment of government. The people in charge are the ones who set the tone for the liberal agenda of one world government, socialistic programs, and the insistence that big government is the best government. They keep pushing for more government control over the lives and the rights of the citizens. Some have accused them of trying to turn citizens into subjects. It has been a battle for centuries. When America fought and won the battle for independence from the King of England, it really shook up the normal structure of that time. Most of the civilized world was run by dictators or royalty. It was so ingrained, that kingdoms were formed by “divine right.” To pose that argument was to go against the Will of God. People believed it and it took several revolutions in kingdoms to dispel that slogan. Some royal families were smart enough to modify the monarchies and they became symbols as the people then had the power to make laws. In countries run by dictators, those who didn’t have the power of the military to stay in power and keep ruling as a family business, were changed by revolutions and uprisings. The Founding Fathers in America were well aware of the potential for reverting to those unacceptable provisions and as a safeguard, wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. When writing the Declaration and Constitution, they created a government of laws, not men. The leaders were elected and replaced by the will of the people who voted. In the days following the emergence of a new country and new government the whole focus was on government of the people, by the people and for the people. Those in power were replaceable. If the people were no longer satisfied by the way the government was being run. The politicians of that era “did their duty” and served short terms in government. When they were satisfied that they served to make the country better, they stepped down to go back to their farms or businesses. Others were simply removed by elections and new people replaced them. As one would expect, from the beginning of any government, there were people involved in power plays and ambition would lead to battles in the government proceedings as well as elections. Some of the disagreements led to duels and deaths. From the beginning of governments, from any perspective, there were people who wished to get more power. History is filled with the stories about the motives causing change, but it seems to have a common source. Someone wanted more power and money. A few wanted better government. Those ambitions are still prevalent in government today. Corruption is still a major factor in most government agencies and could be eliminated by intelligent voters. The fact that most politicians look at government as a career path, rather than “doing their duty,” as been, and still is, a major problem in America. Some elected officials have served in office longer than many monarchs and dictators. The elected officials have passed laws that are extremely beneficial to the incumbents. New York is a perfect example of that equation. It has better than a 90 percent reelection rate. The districts have been wonderfully gerrymandered by the people in power to keep the people in power, remaining in power. The political parties are focused, not on the best government, but the best method to stay in power. Power first. People second. People are the necessity to win elections because they are the voters. It has been said that some people are so dedicated to their party affiliation, they even vote after they have died. Some districts have been reported to have more voters in an election than people who are registered. So, how does this affect the issue of gun control? The Second Amendment was put in the Constitution to prevent the government from becoming too powerful. The amendment has been likened to a keystone on an arch and, if it is destroyed or removed, the whole arch crumbles. That is why it plainly says, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” A definition of infringed is “violated.” Keeping and bearing arms is not only for personal defense against individual harm, but as a defense against permanent marshal law or a takeover by individuals who seek to change our Republic into a different form of government, like socialism. Those who wish to disarm the populace, gun by gun, should be looked at with skepticism. They will look at any tragedy as a means to infringe on the rights of the honest citizen. The semi-automatic rifle with a threaded barre that they ban today can easily pave the way for banning a pump or lever action gun the next time there is a shooting. The liberal politicians refuse to address the real problem because it is difficult to solve. Their slogan “Gun Violence” should be replaced by a more accurate description like, “Criminal misuse of firearms.” However, this is a really difficult problem for them to solve because CRIMINALS DON’T OBEY LAWS. It is much easier to keep repeating a lie than it is to solve the real problem. Don’t forget to vote this year.
A 2nd Amendment Defense
Organization, defending the
rights of New York State gun
owners to keep and bear arms!
PO Box 165East Aurora, NY 14052
SCOPE is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization.
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