Yesterday, Albany was host to the largest of three gun rallies held at the Capitol to oppose the New York SAFE Act and defend the Second Amendment. Yes, thousands of “gun-toting Tea Party psychotards” braved less than ideal elements to let Governor Cuomo know that his Constitution-trampling legislation would not be implemented without a fight.
Via the AP:
National Rifle Association President David Keene on Thursday told a rally of thousands of opponents of New York’s new gun-control law that his group will help them ensure the Second Amendment rights passed down to them will be passed on to future generations.
“We’ve lost battles before. We will not lose the war,” Keene said. He was cheered by the throng that filled the park west of the state Capitol, many arriving on buses from across the state and advocating repeal of one of the toughest gun-control laws in the U.S.
“New York has proven once again that it can top Washington in terms of the high-handedness of some of the people that hold its highest offices,” Keene said. “I’m here to join you in protesting the fact that your governor is willing to sacrifice the Constitution, your rights as citizens and the prerogatives of his legislature on the altar of his own ambition and on the ego of Michael Bloomberg of New York City.”
Bloomberg has an ego?! I was completely unaware of this. I believe the proper medical term is “Napoleon complex”.
Here are a couple of pictures from the rally, in which some estimates placed over 10,000 people there, courtesy of Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin:
Meanwhile, State Senator Kathy Marchione filed a bill to repeal New York’s gun law.
The rally coincided with the Marchione bill to repeal the measure Cuomo pushed through the Legislature on the first day of the 2013 session in response to the Newtown school massacre.
“I stood up, spoke out and voted against the unconstitutional gun control law because it was a bad policy created by a bad process,” Marchione said Thursday when announcing the bill. “I took time drafting the Second Amendment Protection Act to ensure we had the correct, responsible legislative remedy to repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the new gun control law. I honestly don’t know if my bill will be successful, but I took an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution. That includes the Second Amendment freedoms of all New Yorkers. I kept my promise and, with the support of law-abiding New Yorkers, will keep standing strong in defense of the Constitution.”
Here is a copy of the bill as posted by Capital Tonight:
The bill may never see the light of day in the liberal cesspool that is the New York political process, but it should be noted when a politician stands up for conservative, Constitutional principles.