MOLON LABE: The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register
With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing¬†legislative actions to curtail access to firearms¬†protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced to¬†register firearms with their child‚Äôs school¬†under threat of criminal penalties.
In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles¬†at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional representatives¬†have already passed legislation¬†that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition, and Governor Cuomo has¬†floated the idea of gun confiscation.
Now, in what is sure to be a growing trend across the entire country, New York gun owners are organizing a resistance against what many believe to be the most, ‚Äúbrazen infringement on the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the nation,‚ÄĚ according toThe New American:
Preparations are already being made for mass resistance.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve heard from hundreds of people that they‚Äôre prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,‚Äô‚Äô¬†said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the¬†New York Post.
Even government officials admit that forcing New Yorkers to register their guns will be a tough sell, and they are apparently aware that massive non-compliance will be the order of the day. ‚ÄúMany of these assault-rifle owners aren‚Äôt going to register; we realize that,‚Äô‚Äô a source in the Cuomo administration told the¬†Post, adding that officials expect ‚Äúwidespread violations‚ÄĚ of the new statute.
Threats of imprisoning gun owners for up to a year and confiscating their weapons are already being issued by governor‚Äôs office, headed by a rabid anti-Second Amendment extremist who suggested before the bill passed that ‚Äúconfiscation‚ÄĚ of all semi-automatic rifles was being considered. If tens or even hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens refuse to comply, however, analysts say New York would either have to start raising taxes and building a lot more prisons, or give up on the scheme that experts say will do nothing to reduce violence and that¬†lawmakers say is aimed at eventual confiscation.
Activists involved in the state-wide boycott against the unconstitutional statute who spoke to the¬†Post¬†almost taunted authorities, saying gun owners would essentially dare authorities to ‚Äúcome and take it away.‚ÄĚ
According to the paper, leaders of some of the state‚Äôs hundreds of gun clubs, dealers, and non-profit organizations, citing the New York Constitution‚Äôs guarantee that gun rights ‚Äúcannot be infringed,‚ÄĚ are currently involved in organizing the resistance. Among the primary concerns is that, with registration, authorities would know where to go for confiscation, an idea already proposed openly by Governor Cuomo himself.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre saying, ‚ÄėF‚ÄĒ the governor! F‚ÄĒ Cuomo! We‚Äôre not going to register our guns,‚Äô and I think they‚Äôre serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,‚ÄĚ¬†explained¬†State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, who also serves on the National Rifle Association board of directors. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they‚Äôre taking it away.‚ÄĚ
Opponents of the right to bear arms, take heed. The American people know what you‚Äôre up to and they will not stand for it.
The resistance has begun.
January 26th, 2013