“People react to fear, not love.” —Richard M. Nixon
Remember the Safe Act?
From the day the SAFE Act was passed New York State Republicans realized it was a great gift from Governor Cuomo. They quickly seized the opportunity to use their political skills to develop it into the issue that a large portion of the population would passionately oppose.
Right winged groups created the atmosphere of fear. It was easy for the Pro-Gun and Anti-Government websites to get their member riled-up. SCOPE sold “Repeal The SAFE Act” signs, to a tune of $7 each, which publicized their anger at the Governor. Conservative talk radio personalities flared the fire of discontent. Elected officials, including congressional representatives (often lawyers), county sheriffs and legislators declared the ACT was unconstitutional. (Too bad that State and Federal judges do not agree.)
The Republican message of the government confiscating firearms was powerful. Although Governor Cuomo was re-elected, the Republican campaign of fear was effective in motivating normally reluctant voters to vote. The results increased the republican representation in congress by: defeating incumbent Dan Maffei in the NY-24, turning the NY 21 from blue to red by electing newcomer Elise Stefanik for an open seat, nearly defeating 14 termed Louise Slaughter (50.2%-49.8, less than 600 votes) in the NY 25, keeping Chris Collins (NY 27), Tom Reed (NY 23) and unopposed Richard Hanna (NY 22) in office. Democratic incumbents representing urban areas, Brian Higgins (NY 26–Erie County) and Paul Tonko (NY 20–Albany) kept their seats.
Below is a map of the state showing how each county voted in the Governor’s race: Cuomo (Blue) or Astorino (Red). If you follow the link to Politico, you can see how large the margin of victory in each county.
(For information about NYS’s House Races for 2014, including a map similar to the above Governor’s race follow this link.)
On Friday, October 17, an email was forwarded to me titled “UNSAFE ACT 2”. It originated from the Finger Lakes Tea Party. The email, which is a copy of an article on the Bullet First website, declares, “Cuomo To Sign SAFE ACT 2 Into Law If He Gets Reelected.” I received it 18 days before the election.
The article states that the “framework is all ready in place for the passage of SAFE ACT 2” The email/article does not name sources of the information they presented. It continues, “Here are the 10 key points of SAFE ACT 2 that will punish law abiding citizens, legal businesses and in general diminish the sparse amount of liberty that remains in the increasingly appropriate named ‘Empire State’ .” (The link to the Bullet First site, above, gives more details, including the author’s opinions on each topic.)
- Safe Storage of weapons in a safety locking device.
- Microstamping— Requires all semiautomatic pistols would produce a unique code on each cartridge case expelled.
- Fifty Caliber Ban (Bans the possession, sale or transfer of 50-Caliber or larger weapons).
- Gun Dealer Insurance- requiring that every dealer carry insurance coverage against liability (at least $1 million per incident) for damage to property and for injury or death of any person resulting from the sale.
- Prohibits the sale or transfer in NY of guns that are not child proof. Each gun would need to have a childproofing device, which would prevent an average five-year-old from operating it.
- 30 Day Limit on Gun Purchases— Prohibits a person from purchasing more than one fire arm from a dealer within a 30 Day period.
- 10 Day Waiting Period on Gun Purchases
- Ammunition Code—similar to Microstamping except this will pertain to ammunition for handguns and assault weapons.
- Mandatory Insurance For Gun Owners
- Reduces Pistol Permits from 5 years to 2 years
In other words the SAFE ACT 2 would contain items that have been talked about for years and many have been in placed in other states.
I assumed that this was sent to rally the troops for the election. Could this also be the first step to keep the furor alive for the next two years? After all the anti-SAFE Act rhetoric influenced the 2014 election outcome so well for the republicans, why give it up now?
Criminy…..all those people paid $7 for each of those signs? Man, I wish I’d thought of that first.
I went to a SCOPE meeting a year ago where there was a debate between two candidates for County DA. During the meeting part (before the debate) it was announced that a new shipment of signs was scheduled for later in the week. We were told where to pick them up and was told the price is ‘Still at $7.” It was also recommended to take a picture of your sign and email it to the Governor just to let him know that the “SAFE Act is the reason he will be defeated!”
Regular campaign sign cost a lot less—and the more you buy the cost per sign goes down. Some one made a lot of money off of those signs.
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I have no idea why the Tea Party is so upset about the SAFE Act. Now, if it required an IQ test to buy a gun then I would understand their consternation.
it doesn’t require an IQ test to vote does it ? Maybe they should require an IQ test to have kids.
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Where are the “don’t repeal the Safe Act” signs? Maybe people are afraid they will get shot if they put one up.
Yes, Bob.You just proved my point. 89 cents a sign from your site as compare to $7 for the SCOPE Signs. I didn’t even have to use a calculator. (Just move the decimal point over TWO spaces–$89.00 becomes $.89) Even an old Social Studies teacher can figure that one out. 🙂
From SCOPE (before the election) “There are 6 million gun owners in New York state and it only takes 3 million to win an election.” Astorino received less that 1.5 million votes. The voting rate for gun owners (using SCOPE’s figures) is less than 25%.
Of course, what gets lost in this debate is the idea that the law is working as it’s supposed to be working. I read a recent study that looked at the four states with the weakest gun laws as compared to the four states with the strongest gun laws (NY included there) and the study did find, what a surprise, that places with the stricter gun control measures saw far fewer incidences of gun death and injuries overall. Here’s a link to another one: http://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/AmericaUnderTheGun.pdf
Only about one third of registered voters in NYS voted. If this was true of gun owners, then perhaps two million gun owners could have voted for Astorino–so perhaps he did get a large share–75%–of those votes..
An excellent idea, Richard S. (not the shooting part). I may have to get to the drawing table this afternoon.
It galled me that our representative claimed if you supported the SAFE (or if you were like Martha…a democrat and not support it) you don’t love the 2nd Amendment. The Federal Court in Buffalo ruled that most of the Safe Act conforms to the 2nd Amendment. As I commented in an earlier article, it will be easier to change the SAFE Act than repeal it. (Sounds like Obamacare, doesn’t it.) But these ‘patriots’ won’t consider that. Why? I content it is because it would weaken their campaign of fear. They love the SAFE Act.
Bob says…”it doesn’t require an IQ test to vote does it?” That is quite obvious based on the last election results. I see your point.
I support the SAFE Act. I own a gun.
Personally, I’d like to see stronger gun control laws. I think the most important words in the second amendment are “well regulated”.
Here’s the rub: There are 5.7 Million Registered Democrats to 2.8 Million Registered Republicans (and about 100,000 Conservatives). The Republicans controlled the legislature when the Safe Act was passed in the middle of the night. Despite the gerrymandering of upstate to reflect a GOP advantage, most Democrats live Downstate and in Upstate Metro areas. There is little chance that the Safe Act will be repealed no matter how many votes for Republican State representatives. Downstate overwhelmingly supports it. Of course, there isn’t a Republican out there smart enough to figure that out. Talk about duping voters. The Republicans easily handed Cuomo that one.
Many military members, veterans, and several NYS sheriffs’ departments, and police force members hate the SAFE Act. This is confusing to me as far as law enforcement’s dislike, as one would think they would be in agreement with stricter regulation and fewer guns available for criminal use, especially used against them. But the mantra continues – ” the good guys are penalized, and the criminals can always get guns”. I fail to see how the “good guys” are punished, as they would certainly pass any required checks.
typical teacher, you didn’t look at all the facts because you think you are smarter than you really are. You forgot the SIZE, NUMBER OF COLORS, STAKES, TAX AND SHIPPING. Some signs are $6.49 without shipping. Besides I think it’s a fund raiser;
“This is the second such contribution from a New York group. Earlier, the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) contributed to the SAF legal action effort “
don’t expert to pay 89 cents pstew forgot a few things
ooops, don’t to pay expect 89 cents
Nov 7, 2014 … That means Cuomo got 47.4 percent to Astorino’s 44.4 percent. … Overlay the 2014 results on top of things like income, race, percentage of homeowners,
poverty rate and recipients of … Cuomo won the welfare vote big time.
a well known fact is that criminals are more afraid of a citizen with a gun than they are afraid of the cops.
Really, Bob? Where did you learn that?
So. It is SCARY for working class, law-abiding citizen to own a gun ? For people who are not afraid of background checks and mental health checks to own a gun ? People who have been in the labor force since 1965 and have raised a family and contributed to society to own a gun? The truly SCARY THOUGHT is the idea that any terrorist should be able to get a gun without any checks at all. But the NRA seems to support that concept.
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I did a sign that said repeal the safe act, impeach cuomo with the stakes and it came to $6.11 each for 100 signs and the shipping was $89.00 so that is $7.00 each 😛
Why didn’t you say that in the first place? I reacted to the information you gave.
You call that a fund raiser. I call it promoting a cause and profiting from it. Businesses are making money off of the ‘Repeal The Safe Act’ crisis, as mentioned in the article, and are excited to extend the crisis as long as it can. The people that are supposedly supporting are being used.
It is encouraging that you are not denying the premise of the article–only picking at the details.
Again…why didn’t you say that in the first place? Your comment said that you could get 100 signs for $89. I contend that political signs cost much less than the $7, especially when you buy them in bulk.
I meant ” YOU ” having a gun
the US Department of Justice 😛
Yeah, right Bob. Based on a random survey of criminals, no doubt.
I just described “ME”.
All NYS Firearm registration forms require a Social Security number to register, Now the state cannot force you to get one, then it is reasonable to assume now, that the only people required to register were those required to have one by law. here is a look at those required to have one,
“(I) to aliens upon there lawful admission the the US
(II) to any person who is an applicant for any benefit of federal funds in whole or in part
(III) to any other individual when it appears that he could have been but was not
assigned an account number under the provisions of subclauses (I) or (II)…;
(IV) to … children who are below school age at the request of their parents..; and
(V) to children of school age upon there first entry into school , Now ,can your Parents contract for you on your behalf? No they cannot. Its voluntary
But do not tell the white heads, they will get real mad.