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Amendments Under Attack

April 28, 2013

Second Amendment advocates should not be the only ones concerned about New York’s SAFE Act,a law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting....

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May-01-13 5:43 AM

Note the report of a loaded shotgun in the residence of the pot growers. But no mention of a charge. If it is legal, why was it mentioned? I have a loaded gun. So what? A gun that's not loaded is a club.

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Apr-30-13 2:26 PM

I just took a poll at PBS,they want to know if you want more gun control.Everyone please go and cast your vote so we can see the "Will of the people"

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Apr-30-13 11:40 AM

To find the "dumbest areas" simply look at state school report cards. How are buffalo, rochester, and NYC kids doing compared to the rest of the rural and suburban areas?

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Apr-30-13 10:17 AM

I stand corrected. I am now thinking about a move to a bastion of clear thinking such as Texas or Georgia

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Apr-29-13 7:01 PM

I think duckster needs to learn how to read demographics.

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Apr-29-13 11:57 AM

didn't somebody else once mention something about "clinging to guns & religion?" don't think that person was stupid enough to say that areas deeply ingrained with religion & guns were stupid. even that guy wasn't so pompous.

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Apr-29-13 11:55 AM

no maddog. ducky is mad because 2nd amendment stuff keeps getting published in the PJ & they're ignoring issues he feels are pertinent. like unicorns & stickers & myspace****.

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Apr-29-13 11:52 AM

lol @ howard!!!

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Apr-29-13 9:20 AM

Duckster.....are you referring to inner cities?? yes I agree.

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Apr-29-13 8:37 AM

That bastion of liberal insanity-ebay-requires a red plug in the barrel of anything that looks like a gun. Including a barely one inch 2mm blank firing miniature key chain pistol with a barred barrel. There is nothing liberal about such restrictive policies. NYS isn't far behind, and Pa is full of "educators" with the same attitude.

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Apr-29-13 6:18 AM

As many are doing house up for sale ,buying in Texas , getting the H out of New York, prediction only left here in decade are lawless, welfare, and Latino's

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Apr-28-13 10:16 PM

Speaking of dumb.... ever wonder why the areas in the State where guns and Churches are everywhere seem to be the most impoverished and dumbest areas???? something to think about...

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Apr-28-13 10:12 PM

liberal + soulless = country will go down in history as 1 of the dumbest ever.

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Apr-28-13 9:46 PM

I believe strongly in the 1st Amendment. The FOX affiliate reporter in Denver, who broke the story about the Aurora shooter and the fact that his psychiatrist had a notebook with the shooters intentions prior to the shooting is a prime example of why we should protect the press and their right to keep anonymous their sources for our right to know about dangerous situations. The press has the right to look into a person's private life once they have committed a crime. Then, if a person with a pistol permit committed a crime with a gun, yes, that is something they should report. But, singling out law-abiding gun owners, to make known their identities when they have not broken one law is wrong.

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Apr-28-13 9:40 PM

Does this mean, that the press can look into and publish all the information on reporters' voter registration cards? How about getting other individuals driver's license information, including the driver's ID number? How about opening up divorce records, so we can read about all the dirty laundry in the litigants past? How about looking into all the welfare records and publishing the names and addresses of those who are spending our hard earned money?

The only reason the press would want to look into pistol permit records, is for political reasons, such as the press not believing in an individual's right to keep and bear arms.

It would be irresponsible for the press to look into these records and publish information, identifying gun owners and their addresses. When the newspaper down state published the map with the residences of gun owners, it put people in danger. There was a report of a burglary at one gun owner's house.

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Apr-28-13 9:17 PM

Coughlin, with his reptilian-like demeanor, uses the Constitution ONLY when it suits his liberal agenda, which in this case is an anti-gun agenda. His argument may have been eloquent, but for him, it only applies when he is trying further his agenda by using this Alinsky tactic. I am sure that if the PJ was exercising it's First Amendment rights, and investigating what is going on in government when it comes to digging into Mr. Couglin's personal records, his "eloquent" defense of the First Amendment might be quite different.

Coughlin's argument is flawed and less than circumspect. Mr. Editor, how is the press not being able to to look into our pistol permit records a violation of the press' First Amendment right? So, using Coughlin's logic, the PJ should have the "opportunity to question, at any time" anyone's pistol permit records. Would there be any limit for the press looking into "government transactions", i.e. government issued documents?

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Apr-28-13 8:33 PM

Ironic, isn't it that Coughlin (D) hasn't been calling for the publishing of the names and addresses of all of those people receiving free cell phones, food stamps as well as the names and addresses of all illegal immigrants who have been arrested, detained and released on our streets instead of being deported as proscribed by law.

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Apr-28-13 8:20 PM

Lonerider – I believe BB guns are also illegal if you are under 16 years old. All of us grew up with a Red Rider at an age much younger that that!

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Apr-28-13 6:03 PM

wrist braced sling shots are illegal in NY.

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Apr-28-13 5:43 PM

Went to W-mart to buy a slingshot. They don't sell them anymore. Evidently they quit amonth or two ago. Okay. I'll buy one on line tonight. Bet that isn't going to be part of any right to know request.

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Apr-28-13 5:29 PM

Interesting that the media seeks to protect every aspect of the first amendment and then uses that amendment to mislead the public in an attempt to undermine the second.

I am very tired of all the lying, misleading statements and withholding information the major news outlets have been doing to sway the mostly uninformed citizen's thinking on gun control laws.

If the media wants support on maintaining the first amendment perhaps they should quit using it to destroy the second.

The Bill of Rights was enacted to protect us all from a overreaching government. It's up to us all to protect ALL parts of it.

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Apr-28-13 5:03 PM

Why not just publish a list of everyone's soc sec number?

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Apr-28-13 1:18 PM

The Second Amendment guarantees our freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It does not require the government to disclose all the personal information it collects from its citizens. For example, tax returns, medical records, divorce papers, youthful offender details, adoption records, the identity of informants, certain employment records, and a host of other records are properly kept confidential, consistent with the Constitution. Free speech and free press does not mean that personal information should automatically be disclosed by the government.

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Apr-28-13 1:10 PM

My owning a weapon is not a government transaction the public needs to know. It certainly is not newsworthy in any sense. It's available for investigative law enforcement. The only purpose for a media prostitute to want it is to cause trouble. The press has been telling us (and themselves) they are above the ordinary citizen. Stop it.

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Apr-28-13 1:07 PM

australia vs. u.s. = sane vs. incompetent.

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