At the end of March, Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney held an informational meeting on the New York State SAFE Act. The meeting was open to members of the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club, the Allegany County Federation of Sportsmen and local gun shop representatives. You can read the article here.
Sheriff Whitney went over the technical nitty gritty of the Act, including definitions of certain weapons (semiautomatic rifle, semiautomatic shotgun and semiautomatic pistol), information about re-certifying pistol permits, information about transferring a gun to a prohibited person, changes in the definition of ‘criminal possession’, and more topics that might affect the sportsmen attending the event. Important stuff for the Sportsmen and Gun Dealers to know.
Besides Sheriff Whitney, our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed was at the SAFE Act Informational Meeting.
Of course he had a right to be there. Probably Sheriff Whitney knew he was coming before the event, but the topic was the New York State SAFE Act. Rep. Reed admits that he had nothing to do with the SAFE Act. How could he help the Sheriff explain the SAFE Act to the Sportsmen?
He couldn’t. He wanted to remind the Sportsmen that he was still he supports the 2nd Amendment. This what our Congressman told the crowd (video):
“I wanted to come tonight to clearly state where I stand and tell you a little bit about what’s going on at the federal level. I look at this law, I’m opposed to this law, but I think the state has gone way too far and it’s infringing on our constitutional freedom in the second amendment. We stand for the repeal of it. Now on the federal level I want to you to understand that we don’t have anything to do with the SAFE act. But I am glad to report that what I see happening in Washington DC right now is that we are watching the Senate. The Senate is where all the gun legislative is brewing as we speak. As I am watch closely, because this important to a lot of people in the 23rd Congressional District, I am starting to see people recognize that banning guns is not the appropriate way to deal with the issue we saw happen at Newtown. It’s about time we get to the person behind the gun. We get to the mental health issues in America and we get to the people who are the bad guys, not the law abiding citizens.”
It sounds like a campaign stop to me. The press was there. The audience was pre-selected ‘sportsmen’, who would probably agree with Reed’s opinions. He didn’t have to explain his statements. He was there to make sure that they knew he was opposed to the SAFE Act, which was probably not a surprise. He told the audience that he was watching the gun law closely–be cause it was important to them, the people of the 23rd District. He not only distanced himself from the SAFE Act, he made sure that they knew the Senate, not the House, is now dealing with the gun legislative.
He used buzz words and phrases–‘repeal’–‘state’s gone too far’–‘infringing on constitutional freedoms’–‘second amendment rights’–‘banning guns’–‘person behind the gun’–‘mental health’–‘law abiding citizens’.
His statement is very misleading.
- Two NYS Courts did not invalidate the SAFE Act when they ruled on a lawsuit asking them to. Another court is expected to rule in May.
- If it is ‘unconstitutional’ in NYS it is because of the process the government took to pass it, not the content.
- If he is talking about it being declared unconstitutional in the federal sense, there has been three other states, Colorado, Arizona and Connecticut who has passed similar laws. Will they all be unconstitutional?
- If parts of them are found to be unconstitutional, only that part of the law will be invalidated, not the whole law.
- The SAFE Act deals with mental health issues. Will Rep. Reed support funding that improves the Mental Health system?
- Everybody is a ‘law abiding citizen’ until they break the law. Then they are a ‘bad’ guy.
- He impersonalized the 20 children and 6 adults who were massacred in Newtown, calling them ‘issues’.
Now that the Senate is discussing gun legislation and will probably vote on it, the House is one step closer to having the spot-light focus on them. Rep. Reed, literally from day one after the ‘Issues in Newtown’ happened, has not wavered from the speech he gave in Wellsville. If Speaker of the House Boehner lets gun legislation be brought to the floor, we all know how Rep. Reed is going to vote, unless of course, he gets sick.
- New York’s strict new gun laws divide north and south (mysecuritysign.com)