Regarding the editorial in The Leader-Herald published Jan. 21 about Fulton?County Sheriff Tom Lorey's stance on the NY SAFE Act:
The fact is it's not "a number of county sheriffs" against the new laws; it is nearly unanimous with all upstate sheriffs. It amazes me that you, whoever you are (you never sign your name), have so much more knowledge on the subject than 60 obviously well-respected elected law enforcement professionals with all their years of experience.
Sure, you have a right to your opinion, but that's all it is - your opinion. If you don't want to have a gun, that's your right. But all you folks who are too timid to defend yourself and your loved ones shouldn't be able to decide if I can have that ability. If you live outside the city anywhere upstate, it could be 20 to 30 minutes to get police protection. Even in cities there are problems with thugs committing burglaries, home invasions, robberies, etc. Just last week a man was beaten and robbed at an ATM in Troy, and he died.
If you, like Gov.?Andrew Cuomo, say we're not trying to take your gun away, you just can't be honest enough to admit it.
Cuomo did this SAFE Act by executive order and if you noticed he said recently he's doing the marijuana changes by executive order. What is wrong with the normal process? Is that fair, that he just orders things to be done with no discussion or compromise?
You know there was a king in charge back in the 1760s also, and there were Tories who followed along then too. Remember the old adage: Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
We support Sheriff Tom Lorey, a well-experienced man educated in the field. I'm neither a Republican nor a Democrat; always and forever independent.