This is my report on the area Tea Party Group, CNY Patriots’ Q&A event with Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh (R). The two-hour event focused primarily on the new hastily passed, stupidly named NY SAFE Law (“Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement”).
The crowd of between 60 and 70 people were visibly angry and frustrated with the passage of this NY SAFE Law, a law even our Sheriff admits will be a virtually impossible to enforce.
Nothing like passing a law with the word “enforcement” in it that is unenforceable. But, that’s New York.
And that was primarily the theme of Sheriff Walsh’s remarks. When directly challenged by attendees to defy the newly passed, clearly unconstitutional monstrosity, Sheriff Walsh, while admitting that the law is “nebulous” and difficult to enforce, simply stated, “This is New York State.” And, unfortunately, we New Yorkers understand what he means.
We New York Conservatives are a teeny, tiny spec on an ocean of Liberalism. And though the Sheriff of Onondaga County was unambiguous about the inanity of this law, he serves in a county whose purse-strings are held by the Liberal Leviathan. Open defiance of this Liberal wet-dream legislation wouldn’t do much more than limit his already limited budget. It’s disgusting, but that’s New York.
The “feel good legislation” as Sheriff Walsh referred to this law on several occasions, clearly does not take into account the near bankrupt realities of the State of New York. In order to implement and follow through on this law, manpower will be necessary, and, counties like Onondaga do not have the money in their budgets to be saddled with even more bureaucratic nonsense that the NY SAFE Law will demand. Sheriff Walsh pointed out, for instance, that even now, before the Law’s implementation, the wait time to present your Pistol Permit Application in Onondaga County is over a year. He said if someone were to come to the Sheriff’s office today to start the procedure, the appointment to proceed would be set up for the first week in February 2014. The county is severely understaffed due to budget constraints. If that is how things are now, the County will be overloaded trying to keep up with permits if everyone has to renew every five years (as the new law dictates).
If I had to pick one word to sum up this evening, it would “futile.” And, that, my friends, is incredibly discouraging. The general feeling in the room was one of powerlessness. We the People, though guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms, have been rendered powerless by the Liberals in New York State. And for what? So Andrew Cuomo can build his Liberal Street Cred in the hopes of running for President in 2016? So the blow-hards in Albany can claim that they’re doing something about “gun violence?” When in fact, this law will do the sum total of NOTHING.
Case in point: A young mother spoke of her three year old daughter and cited the politicians’ claims that this law will make children safer. She point blank asked Sheriff Walsh, “Is my daughter safer today than she was a week ago?” His answer, “Absolutely not.” He went on to point out that the problem with “feel good legislation” is that it is passed hastily without any thought as to whether its passage will make any difference. And clearly, this was passed without any thought to how it will be enforced.
This is the Sheriff of my county stating clearly that this moronic, imbecilic, piece of crap legislation that a bunch of idiots in Albany voted on without so much as a how do you do is completely unenforceable and will do nothing to stop criminals from using guns to commit crime.
Citizens of New York you were smoked. You were used. You were hoodwinked. And if any of you were stupid enough to think otherwise, wake up!
The only way that we can stop this is to stand up to it. The only way we can turn the tide is become a tidal wave. I sat in this meeting tonight and listened to forceful, well-articulated men and women stand up for their liberties.
If you are conservative in New York, you are not alone. But it is time to stand up and be counted. We can’t leave it up to someone else. There aren’t enough Conservatives in this state to leave it up to someone else. It’s time to add your voice. To raise your voice. Use whatever means, whatever forum; stand up and be heard.
Toward the end of the meeting, a Special Forces veteran spoke about not permitting this country, his home to lose the freedoms that he and so many others have fought to defend. He did not go overseas to the places he had been, witnessed the death of his comrades to come back home and be deprived of his rights and his liberties.
This is the spirit we all should have. Now isn’t the time to wait for someone else to carry the torch of freedom. I have to. You have to. All of us do. It is our obligation to our Founders and to the generations who will come after us. Stand up, New York. For freedom.