Jan. 15 was a life-changing day for scores of my fellow New Yorkers. I watched as a governor elected by the people of this state signed into law a piece of legislation that nullified the rights granted to all Americans by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This is a document this very same man swore to support and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic.
I am appalled at the way this governor, in a selfish act of political grandstanding, used the tragic deaths of innocent children to ride a wave of emotion and garner support for legislation that will do nothing to curtail gun violence in the state of New York.
It amazes me that a group of educated government officials do not have the common sense to understand that criminals do not care about gun laws.
The only people touched by gun legislation are the law-abiding citizens of this state. I listened as Gov. Cuomo emotionally shouted, "You don't need 10 rounds to kill a deer." He's right, I don't. But I may need every one of those 10 to defend my family's lives should an armed intruder break into my home in the dead of night.
The state of New York has also decided that they would redefine what features will deem a weapon an "assault weapon." Again, it appears our lawmakers lack the common sense to understand that the aesthetic features of a gun do not make it any more or less lethal.
Taking these guns away from law0-abiding owners serves only to assert their ability to "control" individuals with their legislative power.
These elected officials, who each took an oath to support and defend our Constitution, have instead trampled the Second Amendment rights of more than 19 million New Yorkers.