After the slaughter at Newtown, some states rushed to enact strict gun control laws with much fanfare and claims that their latest infringements will stop another massacre.
We want to keep guns out of the hands of the violent and the mentally unstable, right?
We want to stop the wholesale slaughter of our children, right?
A permit holder and gun owner in New York recently found out he had lost his right to keep and bear arms.
With no warning or adjudication of mental instability.
Because he once took medication for anxiety. The State Police sent him a simple little letter.
“Claiming that he had taken some psychotropic medications, and that he no longer could be eligible for the pistol permit,”
The permit holder lives in Amherst and [his lawyer] accompanied the man as he turned in his seven handguns used for target-shooting to Amherst Police.
“A law-abiding, honest, hard working professional, who never had one wit of scandal associated with him, criminal or otherwise. And they took his guns away,” Tresmond said.
Tresmond is one of the attorneys already suing the state over passage of the SAFE ACT, which at the time was the toughest gun control law in the country.
Tresmond says his client once took a prescribed medication for his anxiety but he is not mentally ill. The Amherst man ended his prescription use within the last year.
I have to pose a few questions given the information provided in the story.
How did New York State Police find out this man took medication? Did they delve into his medical records? Did they check his pharmacy? Did they cross check the names of registered gun owners with pharmacy records? Did they violate doctor-patient confidentiality? Did they have any cause to investigate this particular man? And how is forcing him to turn in his property at the point of a government gun without any adjudication of guilt or mental incompetence and without due process not a violation of his constitutional rights?
Apparently state law permits the suspension of a gun permit before the permit holder even gets a chance to state his or her case.
Removal of rights without any wrongdoing.
This is what the petty tyrant Cuomo wanted when he screeched about there being no need for a 10-round magazine to hunt deer.
This is what he wanted when he speechefied about safety and proudly signed into law some of the most odious, right-destroying legislation in the nation.
He wanted everyone (except his armed security) disarmed and helpless, and when the thugs continue to victimize the innocent, he and his boot licking despots in the state legislature will pass more laws to make themselves look useful in the eyes if the idiots who elect them.
They’re creating more work for themselves, painting themselves as crime-fighting heroes, even as they subjugate the very people from whom their power stems.
This is what your gun control laws will ultimately do, hoplophobes.
And when you scream that your other rights are being violated, there will be no one left out there with the will and the tools to defend what’s left of those rights.