Last Saturday, our Congressman, Rep. Tom Reed went to four Town Hall meeting in the district (Corning, Watkins Glen, Penn Yan and Phelps) and told those who attended that he did not support federal changes to gun laws. To him, that would be “infringing upon freedom. It could be this freedom this time in the constitution, what’s the next freedom? I get very sensitive to that issue.”
Rep. Reed should realize that the amendments to the constitution are not absolute. They can be changed, and they have been changed. In an earlier posting I explained how the Village of Penn Yan (and other Villages and Counties in New York State) passed laws that limits the first amendment. Besides the Funeral Law I discussed, the classic yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater, and child pornography are two instances common sense was used to restrict freedom of speech. We have decided that Freedom of Speech does not include defamation of character, incitement of illegal activity, and false and deceptive advertisement. Was Rep. Reed sensitive to those infringements to our freedoms?
Even though Rep. Reed disagrees, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment can be restricted. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment.
This week, President Obama announced that his task force on gun violence, lead by Vice-President Joe Biden, is looking into reinstating a ban on military-style assault weapons, closing the loopholes on gun show background checks, restrict high-capacity ammo clips. It will also look for ways to improve mental health resources and examine ways to de-glamorize violence, including video games.
CNN’s recent poll shows that 37% of those polled think that there should be major restrictions on owning guns, 33% believe there should be minor restricts placed on gun owners. Only 13% believe there should not be restrictions placed on gun owners. 15% believe ALL GUNS should be ILLEGAL for everyone except for police and authorized personnel.
Rep. Reed–the Supreme Court, the government task force, and polls are not on your side. Even Dick’s Sporting Goods is refusing to sell certain rifles. It is ok to change your mind. Rep. Reed Support Gun Control.