I'm constantly amazed at the abundance of anti-gun articles, comments and opinions. These are questions I've asked many “antis,” but normally all I get in response are mumbles and non sequiturs.
First, one of the buzz phrases all the antis use is "common sense gun laws.” The problem is what's the definition of "common sense?" It means different things to different people. Ask 50 people that question and you'll likely get 50 different responses. Usually, the definition is colored by whether the respondent is "fur or agin" private ownership of firearms. New York City has perhaps the toughest gun ownership laws in the country but that doesn't stop felons from getting them. Is that my fault as a legitimate gun owner? No way; and I can't take any of the blame for that.
How about "gun show loopholes?" Show me those loopholes. I've asked a number of gun show operators to explain their preventive measures. They've all complied with whatever the government insists upon -- and more -- and from what I can see they're locked tighter than a drum when it comes to conducting business. Let's face it, the last thing a gun show operator wants is to have a felon buy a weapon at one of his or her shows.
Another buzz phrase is "sensible gun laws," but here again, who defines sensible? It's all in the eye of the beholder. To one person, "sensible gun laws" might mean total disarmament. To another it might mean something much less.
Rather than enacting new "feel good" laws, how about enforcing the thousands of national, state, regional, municipal and local gun laws already on the books? It's quite simple. Use a firearm -- stolen or not -- in the commission of a felony and you go to jail for a long time and with no opportunity for plea bargains or parole. But that'll never happen. It's too straightforward and easy and uses the laws that are already in place.
'IT WASN'T ME'
Incidentally, were you aware that in an attempt to rescue his hopes for re-election, and possible future political aspirations, the governor is now trying to distance himself from the SAFE Act he was so instrumental in passing? According to a nypost.com article, the guv is trying to shift blame for the shoddily worded law to New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Campaign, saying they drafted most of the legislation and he didn't read it. Huh? Just like the Legislature didn't read it before it was hastily crammed down the throats of New Yorkers.
"Much of what's in the law was drafted by people connected to Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Center, not by the governor's staff," an administration source said. "That's why there are so many problems with it."
Before the massive backlash against the bill began, the governor was trying to use the SAFE Act to bolster his credentials. But instead of the public rallying to his side, his popularity numbers have taken a nosedive and the largest protests ever recorded in Albany formed against his prized legislation.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Andrew Cuomo has now apparently decided to distance himself from this poorly conceived legislation.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has published the tentative waterfowl seasons for 2013-2014. Here they are, in a nutshell.
The Youth Hunting Days in the northeast zone will be Sept. 21 and 22. In the southwest zone they'll be Sept. 28 and 29. The duck, coot and merganser seasons in the northeastern zone will run from Oct. 16 to Dec. 8 and again from Dec. 28 to Jan. 12. In the southeastern zone the duck, coot and merganser seasons will run Oct. 12-30 and Nov. 17 to Jan. 6. In both the northeastern and southeastern zones the regular snow goose season will run from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15 with an extension in both zones that runs from Jan. 16 to April 15.
The tentative Canada goose seasons in the northern zone will run from Sept. 1-25, Oct. 26 to Nov. 17 and Nov. 19 to Dec. 15. The woodcock (timberdoodle) season in all upstate New York will run from Oct. 1 through Nov. 14.
Remember, these are tentative season dates. I'll have more on this topic as the seasons draw nearer.