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NY SAFE Act gets me thinking

As a resident of New York, I’ve heard a lot of ruckus about the New York Safety Act. Governor Cuomo passed the NY SAFE Act in the middle of the night at the beginning of year 2013. The Act imposed greater restrictions on gun owners, gun licensing, and gun sales.

Needless to say, gun owners were a bit put out. One of the arguments is that the law breaks our constitutional right to the 2nd amendment to “bear arms.”

Guns are owned for multiple reasons, mainly safety, hunting, and law enforcement.

In the news today, I read about a hunter who accidently, yet fatally, shot another hunter. Yikes. No one wants to make that mistake. This is reason for reflection.

I look at our modern world and it just doesn’t seem as though guns have the same place as they did two hundred years ago. We buy our meat in the grocery store. We aren’t surrounded by wild animals that need to be shot. The population of people exceeds animals.  The United States doesn’t have the open spaces for bullets to go zinging around. And, bullets go far these days.


In the 18th century a bullet could travel 400 yards, fairly accurately. In the 19th century this bumped up to 1400 yards. Today, a bullet can travel miles.

I still believe in the right to bear arms, however maybe this is taking on new form in this technological era. I have a right to protect myself from negative thinking. I have a right to shoot down those thoughts that tempt me to get angry or sad. I smile though, because the only artillery that will work accurately is love, principle, honesty, and joy.

With the accidental shooting incident, so close to home, I am reminded of modesty. I don’t need to shoot at everything that moves.

  • D. Burrell

    You are entitled to your opinion. The facts don’t help your case though. There are more animals than humans in rural areas, some of us still hunt to survive, and only a small percentage of the population is effective with a gun at 400 yards. I’m glad you’re getting involved with this issue, but please research better in the future.

  • Cheryl Petersen

    Good questions…

  • http://DueyMiller

    Ask yourself these Questions. Do you have the moral right to take away a gun from someone who would shoot back at a mad man? Or do you think that everyone should hide in a corner?

  • Cheryl Petersen

    Brian, thank you for responding. I see your point and it gives me more to think about.

  • Cheryl Petersen

    Good point you have made about the NY SAFE Act giving “criminals more of an advantage” while reducing the “ability of law abiding people to defend their lives.”My blog was a little too surreal to touch on the practical side. The gun owners I know ARE responsible and it should not be so difficult to own a gun legally. Criminals don’t do things legally anyway and our society does indeed need to deal with that. Thank you for your input.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tom RKBA

    Back in the 14th through the late 18th centuries, printing a book took weeks because each page had to be typeset. Dissemination of the books took months or years. In the 1840s, the steam powered rotary press industrialized printing. Distribution was slow, but aided by steam powered ships. The founders never envisioned industrialized printing, much less instant communications through radio, TV and the Internet. Clearly, as our humble leader is so fond of saying, the First Amendment does not apply due to the advances in technology.

    Be very, very careful what you wish for.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brian

    Cheryl, the trouble with Guns is you can’t un-invent them. They exist. Pass laws discouraging their ownership or outlawing them and the only people left armed are the criminals. Guns do have a place in society…they put the power in the hands of the people and the individual. They are as important as your vote. For a long time I was rabbidly anti-gun. I scoured the internet for research to support my belief. However, the more I searched, the more I realized, many of the laws passed restricting gun ownership are done as a knee jerk reaction to tradgedies and do nothing over time to reduce crime and violence. I live in NJ, where we already had some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation…multiple background checks, the one gun a month rule and on and on. However Camden, Newark, Trenton, Patterson are all still rife with gun violence. We’ve left the law abiding citizens of these cities with weaker police forces at a time when there is more crime. It’s so wrong….almost racist that it’s difficult for these folks to defend themselves. The gun is an equalizer…if a a 110 pound woman is faced with a 250lb male attacker, when you put a gun in her hand, the odds are instantly in her favor. To deprive her of her constitutional right to protect herself is so wrong and unfair…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TexTopCat

    Today, hunting is very low on the reason to own guns and hunting guns are less suitable for duties like home defense and self defense. Since we now know that police (e.g. government) has no duty or responsibility to protect any individual (per SCOTUS), in only makes sense that since the individual is the only person responsible for self defense that the individual should have the right to choose the tool(s) that they use for this responsibility. So, the NY Safe act is something that will give criminals more of an advantage and reduce the ability of law abiding people defend their lives.

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