As Conservatives and patriots, we are strong proponents of the Second Amendment. We are grieved to see how cavalierly the Governor and the Legislature have treated these Constitutional Rights.
All New Yorkers were shocked by the heartbreaking news on December 14, 2012 when 20 youngsters and 6 adults were savagely murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. Just fifteen days later, a deranged ex-convict lured firefighters and police to his home and cold-bloodedly did what he liked to do best: kill people. The Conservative Party abhors these acts and seeks solutions to these indefensible terroristic acts.
New York already has very strict gun laws, yet criminals find ways to get their weapon of choice. The arrest of Dawn Nguyen, who owned the guns used in Webster, NY, called her next door neighbor “Uncle Billy” and had “Uncle Billy” with her when she purchased the guns. “Uncle Billy” supposedly stole those guns to use in his planned killing spree. More laws will not stop criminals. William “Uncle Billy” Spengler murdered his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer because he wanted to go out. Spengler never should have been released from prison.
Any further restrictions on legal gun ownership in New York State will jeopardize the safety of all New York’s citizens. The best solution to end indefensible terroristic acts is to prosecute to the fullest extent possible all those who use illegal guns. Increase the penalties for using guns that are not purchased legally and if illegal guns are used in the commission of a deadly felony, the conviction should be life in prison without possibility of parole.
The solutions proposed by Governor Cuomo will do little to end the indefensible terroristic acts committed by deranged evil perpetrators, but will make it even harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves like Melinda Herman did recently when a robber broke into her Georgia home. The Founding Fathers knew the importance of self-protection, and gave us the right to protect ourselves. As we stated, criminals ignore laws and manage to obtain any type of gun or magazine they want.
The best solution is a two-pronged approach: (1) strengthen the rights of law-abiding citizens, and (2) keep those who disregard the safeguards already in place to keep guns out of the hands of criminals in prison without any possibility of being released.
The Conservative Party of New York State staunchly supports the rights of law-abiding citizens and stresses that any solutions that the Legislative Body passes must incorporate putting the full culpability on the person committing the crime not the inanimate object that has become the symbol of finding solutions to indefensible terroristic acts.