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An Open Letter To Sen. Young

August 11, 2013

Dear Senator Young: Judging by your web site, you have been on the right side of many issues, and I commend the time and attention you spend on public service....

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sonoma

Aug-16-13 7:46 AM

Semi-automatic's have been around since the 1800's, actually the very first one's since the 1700's. The fact you don't like them or understand their place in hunting or the shooting sports doesn't make them bad or their users gun nuts. It simply means you are uneducated in firearms and have no desire to learn. It's much easier to speak against them that way. Don't blame the lawful gun owners for the politicians inability or unwillingness to deal with drugs, gangs, and the mentally ill.

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maddysan

Aug-15-13 6:23 PM

Many of the Gun nuts on this site scare me more than any fear I have about any criminals in this area- stop being so paranoid- yes you should be able to hunt but we do not and I repeat do not need or should have semi automatics ect.I feel many are so outraged because you know that times are changing for gun ownership.

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maddysan

Aug-15-13 6:17 PM

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Darkstar

Aug-15-13 8:18 AM

Cathy Young is representing the wishes of her constituents. The NY safe act has nothing to do with the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. Cumo was again looking for a national stage to promote his “brand name”. The shootings in a “DIFFERENT STATE” offered him the opportunity. I’m not a gun nut, but I believe the framers of the constitution had more going on than Samuel C. Alessi, or any others on this issue. Our society is broken, but again and again we see that prohibition doesn’t work. It will influence many law abiders, but those aren’t the targets we need to change. This was an unconstitutional law passed by a “thief in the night”. If it went thru normal channels and wasn’t in opposition to the bill of rights, I would feel much differently. I think it was Benjamin Franklin that said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

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sonoma

Aug-14-13 1:34 PM

According to Bloomberg 97% of the cities murders are committed by young black or Hispanic men and is mainly drug related. The safe act will correct that by restricting gun ownership for law aiding, mostly rural Americans at the same time the court has told Bloomberg he can't do the one thing that actually makes sense and has proven to reduce murders---namely direct the time and effort towards the age group, race, and location where the problem exists.

Quit using law abiding gun owners as a whipping boy to make up for the unwillingness of the nation to admit and confront the problems where they exist.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Aug-13-13 9:19 PM

Fry 'em for armed robbery of a convenience store. I think some of you just like to hear yourselves talk.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Aug-13-13 9:18 PM

And criminals do get locked up, dumb***. Yes, we should put them in for life for larceny.

One day, a bunch of whining about how big the prisons are. The next day, whining because they aren't in prison. Fools.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Aug-13-13 9:16 PM

Do some of you ever think before you speak?

We got one guy demanding that "crazies" be locked up and/or killed; yes, mental health should be administered that way. Besides, I see another schmuck on this forum throwing the word "liberal" around - guess the biased news you watch doesn't tell you that Reagan was the one who threw many mental patients on the streets.

And then, of course, someone with a malfunction for race had to mention some pointless, non-essential piece of information about "young black people". What does that have to do with Cathy Young?

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evos

Aug-13-13 4:16 PM

As I have repeatedly stated I am for everyone's ability to legally buy a gun. I just don't want crazy people or criminals to have them.

As for self defense I would not confront the intruder if he had a gun.

There are over 300 million guns in the hands of Americans and our murder rate is the highest in the world. More guns will not solve that problem.

As for government over throw options how do guns fight tanks, helicopters and artillery shells if we were to truly over take the Pentagon and the military complex?

If my dad had guns I am not so sure my mom or I would be alive today. He had anger management issues.

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rose41

Aug-13-13 10:42 AM

Well said, Mr. Alessi. Thank you.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Aug-12-13 8:03 PM

Tens of millions of homes protected by firearms? Man, you'd think the USA was an anarchic Mad Max wasteland.

"So, if someone breaks into my home and wants to shoot me, I should just take the bullet "like a man" and not fight back?"

Do you worry this much about automobile accidents? You have a significantly better chance of dying in a car crash any given day; I presume you never drive, eh? I prefer not to worry about things so much, saves me lots of money.

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Larry1

Aug-12-13 5:47 PM

I highly value my right to own a gun to save the lives of my family and myself!

Hear a bump in the night? I'll grab my gun. The intruder will either be dead or running away in 20 seconds. You call the police. 30 minutes minimum to arrive at your house then call for backup. 2 hours to decide to enter or not. Then SWAT will finally shoot the intruder AFTER you are already dead.

Might as well throw a couple steaks on the grill and sing kumbaya. Then beg for your life. Let me know how that works out for you!

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evos

Aug-12-13 5:30 PM

What does it say about our value system when we value gun ownership over saving lives?

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Larry1

Aug-12-13 4:05 PM

I just bought another rifle in PA a couple of months ago and was required to pass a background check.

So, if someone breaks into my home and wants to shoot me, I should just take the bullet "like a man" and not fight back?

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evos

Aug-12-13 3:59 PM

You can buy a gun in Las Vegas and Texas and many other states at gun shows without having a background checks. Even in Pen if my memory serves be right.

We don't have uniform laws across all the states. But that is besides the point. The real issue is that no one cares about the gun violence in this nation or that on average over 30,000 people die per year from hand guns. It is basically someone else's problem until heaven forbid it happens in your family, but oh well why should I care. Live and let live or die, thats the American way!

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duckster

Aug-12-13 3:55 PM

I am with you Sam... not only as a citizen but as a man who has had to shoot people on more than one occasion... However your letter must have been tounge in cheek... do u actually expect cathy young (or any gutless republican) to go against the grain and the nra?

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Larry1

Aug-12-13 3:25 PM

Try to purchase a handgun or a rifle right now, legally. You cannot do it without a background check!

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Aug-12-13 3:24 PM

"Please explain how the safe act will prevent gun violence when 300 federal laws and over 2000 state laws have failed to do so."

Who is to say it hasn't? If we repealed all those laws, do you think violence would go up or down?

Also, nice logical fallacy. I don't see anywhere where he says the 2nd is "inferior", let alone makes efforts to infringe upon it.

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evos

Aug-12-13 3:21 PM

So we are saying that on average 32,000 people dying a year at the hands of people who may or may not be crazy is an acceptable price to pay for having lax to no accountability for gun owners?

Is it really acceptable for 40% of all gun purchases to be without background checks? Do we really want criminals getting guns?

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Larry1

Aug-12-13 3:17 PM

Ed –

If 5000 people died because their guns blew up, then certainly we would want to know what caused it.

However, 5000 people died because someone willingly shot them in a manner that is not self-defense, then it is a problem with the shooter, not the gun.

Don’t blame me just because I own a gun. I don’t blame you for all of the deaths caused by drunk drivers simply because you own a car!

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evos

Aug-12-13 1:57 PM

If 5,000-people die in airplane crashes in the past 8 months would we want to get to the bottom of the problem to save peoples lives when traveling in an airplane?

Why can't we do that with gun ownership issues? Is gun ownership more important than loss of life in our society? Are we really saying that human tragedies don't matter as much as gun ownership does?

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patriotsfan

Aug-12-13 11:05 AM

Mr.Alessi please The safe act is as worthless as our government. Quit using the innocent children of Newtown for political objectives it really is sickening. First and formost I see Mr Coumo turning NY into a police state with his midnight behind closed doors laws aka the safe act. lets be realistic if a nut wants to harm you he will fond a way to do it whether it be a gun or some other way (just saying). #1.Safe Act. #2 ObamaCare. #3 IRS scandal #4 (Snowden) Our government calling a man a terrorist because he exposed them for spying on Americans and you want me to give up my right to keep and bear arms? Mr Alessi you aren't related to Mr,Coumo by chance cause you sound alike. Oh and by the way to infringe upon means to tamper with in any shape or form Mr Alessi that is why all the supreme court puppits cant find a way around it no matter

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Larry1

Aug-12-13 9:32 AM

Also explain why retired police officers want to be exempt from the unSafeAct when they are just civilians like the rest of us!

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sonoma

Aug-12-13 7:27 AM

please explain what parts of the safe act would have prevented the recent shootings. Please explain how the safe act will prevent gun violence when 300 federal laws and over 2000 state laws have failed to do so. Please explain why many of the police charged with enforcing the safe act have come out against it. Please explain why the 2nd amendment is inferior to the first amendment you used to write your incorrect and misleading letter.

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GIZMO7

Aug-12-13 1:54 AM

You are a *******

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