Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE, Inc.) www.SCOPENY2A.ORG
March 5, 2019
Subject: A.2686A and S.2450A
On Monday the New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation requiring the mandatory storage of firearms, rifles, and shotguns. While the legislation may seem reasonable on the surface, as is often the case with legislation passed with little public input it will do little to protect the most vulnerable. Additionally, the legislation will negatively impact parents and organizations who wish to enjoy the shooting sports with young people.
Accidents involving firearms with young people are at an all-time low. When accidents do occur it’s likely to be in a home where the firearm is possessed illegally. Thus, the adult perpetrator is not likely to be swayed by a mandatory storage law.
A better way to address firearm safety, especially for kids who live in less than desirable circumstances, would be to offer training to those children in schools on what to do if they encounter a firearm. If the goal is to protect children award-winning programs like the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, with the fundamental message of, “Stop, Don’t Touch, Tell An Adult,” would accomplish more than a mandatory storage law that criminals or irresponsible adults would simply ignore.
Another problem this legislation is that it provides an exception for a person under the age of 16 who is the holder of a hunting license. That begs the question, what about parents or organizations that want to enjoy the shooting sports with children that don’t require a hunting license? Boy Scouts and other youth shooting sports will they disappear with this law? Or how about a parent who wants to teach their child to shoot, because those sports don’t require a hunting license does that mean someone under 16 will be prohibitive from all recreational shooting?
Finally, in 2008, DC v. Heller decision the Supreme Court ruled that effectively mandating that a firearm be made inoperable for the purpose of immediate self-defense was unconstitutional.
Whether intended or not this is another in a series of attacks on law-abiding gun owners. Thousands of more children perish each year, from drownings, suffocations and motor vehicle accidents than from accidents involving firearms. We’re in the middle of an opioid epidemic where thousands of New York’s children are dying at an alarming rate. This legislation has more to do with politics than saving children.
Tim Andrews, President
SCOPE Calls for the Immediate Resignation of New York State Senator Kevin Parker
This week New York State Senator Kevin Parker, told a Republican female staffer to "kill herself." New Democrat Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called Parker’s actions a “disappointment.” This is one more example of Senator Parker’s propensity for violence and specifically violence against women.
In 2008, a female Senate aide accused the Senator of pushing her during an argument smashing her glasses. In 2010, Senator Parker had to be restrained by his colleagues during a profane tirade against Senator Diane Savino.
In 2005 Senator Parker was arrested after punching a traffic agent over a traffic ticket he had been issued. In 2009, Senator Parker was charged with felony criminal mischief for attacking a New York Post photographer, the photographer’s finger was broken in that incident. Now Senator Parker tells a female staff member to kill herself.
When is enough, enough? Clearly, Senator Parker’s criminal history and his propensity for violence make him unsuitable for public office, and a blight on the New York State Senate. The Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) calls on Senator Parker to do the right thing and resign immediately.
In lieu of the prospect of Senator Parker’s refusal to resign, we call on Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to take appropriate action to remove Senator Parker from the Senate. Majority Leader Cousins’ response to Senator Parker’s actions as “disappointing” is an outrages understatement, and should anger all New Yorkers, especially women.
Senator Parker is an embarrassment to the State of New York and the citizens of this state deserve better. Remove Senator Parker now.
Tim Andrews, President