I attended a rally on Feb. 28 in Albany to repeal the Safe Act. I saw many more people there than the media wished to report. We were a very civil group demanding that our rights not be infringed upon.
That being said, I just got home from the St. Lawrence County Legislature meeting. I was in hopes that they were going to do the right thing. However, politics got in the way as usual. They voted in a very watered down version asking that the Safe Act be amended, rather than repealed. The reasons given for this were they were concerned they would offend Gov. Cuomo, and he would pull support for their proposed increase in sales tax to 8 percent. The second reason was so they would not offend Assemblywoman Addie Russell as she voted for the Safe Act, and she threw them a bone of $100,000 for a fire training center. Do not get me wrong. Fire training is a necessity, and as an exempt member of a local volunteer fire department, I am all for this training.
Tonight what I saw was a blatant disregard for the Constitution of the United States as well as the Constitution of New York state. They stomped on both documents and spit in the face of our forefathers. I could not believe they sold out for a little money. But most political votes come down to money.
For those who voted against repeal, I would like to ask how many of the people they represent have contacted them to ask them to defend the Safe Act? I expect very few if any. I certainly did not see any at the meeting to voice their support.
I would also ask this: They voted to amend the law. Which parts would they amend? I doubt very many of them have even read the law, much less know what to amend. If they think they appeased the gun owners and sports persons of St. Lawrence County, they are sadly mistaken. This was more of a slap in our faces, and it will only push us harder to make this right. If they want to jump on the Addie Russell and Gov. Cuomo bandwagon, so be it. I believe that bandwagon will be heading out of town in November.