With the first year since the passage of New York's draconian "SAFE Act" nearly over, CBS News reports what this new law has brought to the people of the state: the prospect of prison for 1,146 of them:
Nearly a year after passage of New York state’s new gun law, dealer sales of popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges in New York City were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies because of the changes.
These aren't violent crimes--the "crime" is possession of the most effective tool for preservation of life and liberty. And now, being convicted for it means that one is barred--for life--from legal access to that tool. But wait--there's more:
Meanwhile, 59 people have been charged statewide with misdemeanors for possessing large-capacity magazines or having more than seven bullets loaded in a magazine, both outlawed by the law passed last January in the aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
And this is exactly what the state needs, we're told:
“The numbers are indisputable. The SAFE Act has enabled the state to better protect New Yorkers,” said Melissa DeRosa, spokeswoman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The obvious question here: "better protect" them from what--from being kept out of prison? From having an insufficiently enormous prison population to support with their tax dollars? From having adequate firepower to protect their homes and families in times of civil unrest?
That's the mentality of the other side--that it's the government's duty to "protect" the people, by imprisoning any who would dare possess a semi-automatic, detachable magazine-fed rifle, and rendering them "prohibited persons" (for possession of any firearm) for the rest of their lives.
Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said something along the lines (the exact wording varies from source to source) of, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
New Yorkers, though, are ordered to give up a great deal of "essential liberty," and for only the illusion of "a little temporary safety." The greatest outrage of all is that the vast majority of them will undoubtedly comply.