The Battle Front on Gun Rights: Why I Am In New York Today… Join Me!

Jan Morgan

About the author: Jan is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker/ NRA Certified Firearms Instructor/ Associated Press Award winning investigative journalist/ Owner/Editor JanMorganMedia.com, Sr. Editor/Patriot Update/ Independent Constitutional Conservative. She is closely aligned with the Republican/ ... [read 's FULL BIO]

jmmedia1I am in Albany, New York today, speaking at a 2nd Amendment Rally on the steps of the State Capitol.

Many people have asked me why in the world would I go to New York which has become the center of anti-gun legislation?

I came here because I was asked to help out. After all, it is the battle front where good law abiding gun owners are in a constant fight for a right that is already theirs in the Bill of Rights.

The NYS Senate on January 14th of this year passed the Safe Act by a vote of 43 to 18. This act was unlawful for both the process by which it was enacted and certain provisions contained within it. This legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed by NYS residents for defense of life, liberty and property… HOW CAN I NOT COME HERE AND STAND WITH THEM AGAINST THIS?

Many State Legislators before being forced to vote on it had less than one half hour to read the legislation, which contained approximately 45 pages, twenty-five thousand words and 60 sections of which only 3 take effect immediately.

There is no way any individual could have read the entire bill and understood its full implications prior to voting on it.

There was no time to request and receive the input of constituents regarding this matter.
The mishandling of the process in crafting the NY Safe Act resulted in complex policy changes, many of which have been left up to interpretation and are confusing even to the State Legislators who voted on them and law enforcement officials who are required to enforce and explain them, requiring law abiding gun owners to verify ownership of certain types of firearms every five years, in addition to registering them on their permits, which now, also must be renewed every five years.

This does not increase the safety of the public and is unnecessarily burdensome to the residents of New York State.

The legislation prohibits the sale of firearm magazines with a capacity larger than SEVEN rounds. The only people who will comply with the new high capacity magazine ban are law abiding citizens, leaving the same high capacity magazines in the hands of criminals.

This act also requires the documentation of all ammunition sales in New York State. That is a ridiculous significant unfunded mandate on businesses. The New York State Combined Ballistic Identification System, which wasted 44 million dollars in taxpayer money, resulted in zero convictions and illustrates the propensity of government to waste taxpayer resources when legislation is not properly reviewed.
Governor Cuomo has proposed spending 36 million dollars in 2013-2014 for the implementation of the Safe Act at a time when New York State residents are crying out for tax relief.

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  • DirkaDirka

    This is what happens when authoritative pressure is the dominating factor. If any of these people would have actually read they would have said “WTF?” this bill will also require the government to provide additional employees and probably charge fees for these guns legally purchased and taxes paid on. This is all a plan to systematically make gun owners say, “I really don’t have time for all of this crap.” They will either just voluntarily give up their guns, hide their guns and become criminals and hope they never get caught and go about life just as they have (like everything is okay), or move to another state. In my experience with people the first option is the most likely. 9 out of 10 people I meet are quitters and give up. So this fight will be fought by the minority that is not afraid to stand in the gap. I applaud your effort Jan Morgan.

  • Be Brave and Strong Jan. Know that Millions of Americans support you and your efforts in this fight against a government that is totally out of control! May GOD Bless you and our Fight!…

  • Thanks for the help Jan! We need it in NY

    Cuomo is what the founders would consider a tyrant

  • Sheridan

    You did a great job ! Come again we need people like you to help us keep our freedom

  • happy day

    Thank you for coming to NY today. Sorry it was such a cold day for you. This is just the beginning of confiscation. Our governor is just trying to make a play to be president and he wanted to beat Washington to the punch. I want to know why the government tells us not to blame all Muslims for the acts of a few terrorist; but blame every gun owner for the acts of a crazy person?

    • mike waz

      that last line you wrote…..really good observation. Just shows how the liberal representatives twist, and use, and violate the people of America with every statement they make. Liberalism is a disease.

  • gimme shelter

    I was with you on the steps. Thanks much for the support … We stand resolute.

    Gimme Shelter

  • Thanks for making the trip up here, and great speech!!
    We appreciate it!!

  • george

    Ty you were great

  • K

    “The Gun Is Civilization”
    By Maj. L. Caudill, USMC (Ret)

    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and
    force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of
    either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under
    threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two
    categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

    a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact
    through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social
    interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the
    personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

    When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use
    reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your
    threat or employment of force.

    The gun is the only personal
    weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound
    mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang
    banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys
    with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength,
    size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

    There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad
    force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more
    civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes
    it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only
    true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by
    choice or by legislative fiat – it has no validity when most of a
    mugger’s potential marks are armed.

    People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the
    young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a
    civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a
    successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force

    Then there’s the argument that the gun makes
    confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This
    argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved,
    confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting
    overwhelming injury on the loser.

    People who think that
    fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too
    much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip
    at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely
    in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are
    armed, the field is level.

    The gun is the only weapon that’s
    as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a
    weight lifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if
    it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

    When I carry a
    gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m
    looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be
    forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because
    it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who
    would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who
    would do so by force. It removes force from the equation… And that’s why
    carrying a gun is a civilized act.

    • This is one of the most profound statements on why we all should carry a weapon wherever we go.

      • K

        Funny you used the word profound because, that is the first word that came to mind for me, when I first read “The Gun Is Civilization.
        The wording of this great article by Maj. L. Caudill, is universal and timeless.

      • earlycsa

        This is more profound when read with the society (government) in mind rather than the individual:
        “The gun at my side means that I cannot be
        forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because
        it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who
        would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who
        would do so by force.”
        New York will either survive or sink, as will the rest of the states; only some states (people) will not be persuaded by tyrannical government force.

    • Clint

      Semper fi, Major. HM1 USN

    • Thank you. A beautifully and thoughtful expression of why personal guns are really needed. I can only hope and pray that you succeed in stopping this horrible invasion of personal safety.

  • redleg05

    Thank you, Jan.
    I was there and appreciate your efforts. I was inspired by the voices, and messages, of all of the speakers.

    In my opinion NY is the point of the spear. What happens here is being watched by the rest of the nation. If we roll over on this, then the anti-gun juggernaut will know that there is no fight in us and they can have their way.

  • August Rose

    Yes Jan. It is out of hand in NY and has been. I moved there 5 yrs ago and the State Police took my weapons when I merely inquired about how to go about getting them registered. Never had the money or time off work to go through the whole process which in the end is up to a judge to decide if can own a firearm. They were my weapons for 15 years. I used them for my job at the time in Security and I was a Correctional Officer in AZ. Now I left behind everything I owned to get the hell out of there and get back to AZ. Was worth it, glad to be home.

  • I am glad that you are there. However, if it comes to it Remington would be welcome with open arms here in Michigan except perhaps for Detroit. They dont like regular citizens being able to defend themselves only gangbangers.

  • Jan, Thank you so much for leaving warm Texas to join us in NY! I really enjoyed and appreciated your speech. keep on fighting the Good Fight!!

  • Wayne D. Schermerhorn

    Jan it was nice meeting you; please check my fb posts on Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey’s speech yesterday in Albany. Thank you for your participation in the Oath Keepers Rally. Wayne D. Schermerhorn, Gloversville, NY

  • Thanks Jan for showing your solidarity with New York 2nd Amendment supporters by joining them in the middle of winter on the State Capital steps to demonstrate in support of our Second Amendment rights and the corrupt legislative procedure that was used to pass the anti-gun legislation named the NY State Act to deceive the special interest groups, the law abiding citizens and the media. We would welcome you back to New York anytime. You are a true Patriot.

  • Cuomo is a mafia communist wannabe. PS. I did not like his father either

  • Sagebrush6

    Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.

  • This proves that the NY Sated government is totally anti-American. I sympathies with you.

  • Thank you so much for supporting us
    We were honored to have you here ….thanks Jan !!!

  • Our constitution it is very clear, why we’re still talking about this? ; NO MANDATE OR NEW LAW CAN BE ABOVE THE COSTITUTION, if California or New York wants to abolish the constitution they should go away from the union and make their own country; lets send all liberals to China or Cuba, maybe they will change their mind after a few months under totalitarian Comunist country.

  • No matter how this situation turns out, the good people of New York will know who to vote for in the next election(s).

  • Chilly Willy

    Guns are the reason we have the freedoms we have/had. SAD, The day will come when the government will take all of our freedoms away (this is just the beginning, look at history!) They will tell us what to do, where to go, where to work, how much we can make, how many children we can have and what religion to worship. Take away our guns and we have no way to stop them. Think about that, I live in PA, 15 miles south of NY boarded. NY residents are slaves. Any laws resticting your right to the Second Ammendment is just plain wrong and unconstitutional. I can and will carry in PA and that is why you won’t be seeing me in NY State any time soon. Freedom!!!