Skip to comments.New Yorkers Rally For Gun Rights, Against Cuomo Regime
Posted on 04/07/2014 9:29:03 PM PDT by neverdem
More than a year after the New York governor’s landmark gun control law was enacted, thousands of New Yorkers poured into the state house in Albany to protest his governance and leadership.
There is nothing about the SAFE Act that makes us safer, said Robert P. Rob Astorino (R-Mount Pleasant), executive of Westchester County and candidate for governor 2014.
Astorino, who spoke to the crowd state police estimate at 3500, said the people were energized and enthusiastic about the Second Amendment. It’s an issue that deals with individual rights and cuts across the political spectrum.
It was also a diverse crowd, he said. With many women, minorities and children.
Kenneth V. F. Blanchard, who is an internet radio broadcaster and one of the featured speakers, said the state police underestimated the crowd numbers. There was probably 12,000 people there.
The rally was well organized and a huge success, said the author of Black Man with a Gun.
Blanchard, the creator of the “Black Man with a Gun” blog and podcast, said in his posting about it that the rally was organized like a military operation.
“They came in chartered busses. They came by train. They carpooled and caravanned. They came by motorcycle. On April 1st 2014, over 10,000 men, women and children assembled peaceable at the state capital of New York. They used the first amendment of the US Constitution to defend their second. The weather was great. The sight was beautiful. It was American,” he said.
The people were energized; the American band Madison Rising opened-up the rally and Donald Trump spoke, he said. Because of the numbers that right there can change things.
The biggest issue for New Yorkers is the way in which Cuomo, for the purpose of grandstanding, pushed through a law that the people had no chance to counter, he said. He didnt even go through the proper channels try to get a consensus from the electorate.
Opposition efforts will most definitely effect the race for governor, he said. Cuomo has at least 10,000 people against him which can and will influence other people.
Astorino said it was important for leaders in Albany to see that New Yorkers are angry about being steamrolled by Cuomo.
Cuomo strong-armed the legislature to quickly pass the SAFE Act as a headline reaction to the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, he said.
“Cuomo jammed the measure through in the middle of the night with no debate. His response to the tragedy was to demonize law-abiding gun owners and turn them into criminals.
Westchester Countys Safer Communities initiative, a very different approach, is addressing breakdowns in the mental health system and breakdowns in school security, said the second term county executive.
Our efforts are actually making Westchester stronger and safer, said Astorino. The initiative is ongoing with thousands of mental health professionals, school administrators and law enforcement participating in the program.
After an 11-year countywide ban on gun shows instituted by former county executive Andrew Spano, Astorino lifted the ban in 2010 showing his commitment to individual rights verses an encroaching government, he said.
If individual liberties is an issue the people care about, then they should make sure they exercise their rights at the ballot box, he said. Be registered to vote and make sure to vote if we want to have a voice and control who is in office.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association which is second to the National Rifle Association the largest gun rights group in the nation, is the first Second Amendment group to endorse Astorino for governor.
Astorino is very pro Second Amendment, said Thomas H. King, president of NYSRPA who attended the rally. He is smart and politically savvy.
King said he has never seen people as incensed over an issue as they are now. Its been over a year and there is still massive objection to the SAFE Act for both constitutional reasons and for the way in which it was passed.
In the dead of night, Cuomo declared a Message of Necessity which is a procedural measure to bypass the 3-day waiting period for debate on the bill. The governor wanted to enact the law quickly so that no opposing viewpoints could be heard, he said.
Besides the gun aspects, the people are angry that their rights have been compromised.
Cuomo cut-off budget debate on the same day as the rally, he said. He used the Message of Necessity to, once again, bypass the 3-day waiting period for debate on the bill just so he can get an on-time budget.
Opposition to the SAFE Act has translated into a political fervor that will have its effect on Election Day, said King who is an NRA board member. We are going to attempt to unseat anyone who voted for the SAFE Act and support those who loudly and decipherably speak out against it.
Grassroots organizer for the Patriot Action Network, Carl R. Gottstein Jr., who assisted with security at the rally, said power-hungry politicians like Cuomo cannot continue to ignore our constitutional rights.
The laws requirements are draconian and authoritarian; it will have the net result of property confiscation,” he said.
The SAFE Act is a misnomer, said the NRA member. It makes no one safer and in fact punishes the innocent. It makes felons of non-compliant citizens who are counting on their constitutional rights to protect them.
Enjoy this video of Madison Rising signing the “Star Spangled Banner.”
They have rights in NY? Really? I thought only criminals and liberal politicians (ok, lots of overlap there) had rights there.
Cuomo didn’t just grandstand, he forgot that he is a public servant and must by necessity follow established rules and procedures or else said rules and procedures mean nothing and are voided by malfeasance.
The public servants need to be reminded that they serve us, not the other way around.
I suspect the Dem Establishment will throw Hillary! po the wolves once she has created the diversion for the Press and the Republicans. In 2016, she will be as old as McCain was in 2008, when Big Media decried him too old. The Dems want some young blood. Hillary!s dance gives them time to pick someone younger. Cuomo is an attractive VP candidate, so right now they have to deflect attention. This will not help Cuomo, so will be ignored by Big Media.
How can you say there was no debate ??
At 11:10 PM the State Senate was convened for roll call which took 10 minutes.
After the 10 minute roll call, at 11:20 PM the Senate took a vote on the SAFE Act., and passed it under the auspices of Mauri Silver (D-NYC) ,br> The State Senate had a whole 15 - 20 seconds to debate the vote on the SAFE ACT, and didn't
So obviously a Downstate motion had an adequate 15 -20 seconds to debate the violation of the U.S. Constitution , 2nd Amendment,
and you have the nerve to suggest that there wasn't adequate time to debate this violation of the 2nd Amendment ??
Come on ,Cumo is running for Liberal President 2016, trying to out-Liberlize the Constitution and Obadunga before Obadunga can issue his statement,
for Gun control, and you have the nerve to think this was politically motivated ? ... /sarc
Indeed. What the frack is wrong with NewYork city slikers. Not had enough of their mafya Roman dungeon protectorat?
Some sick people down there.
Dungeons and Dragons masters... gamers and freaks.
At this point the only persons to run next for the Dems are two black transvestites.
I hope it does some good unlike the rally on the mall by what was reported as a handful of patriots. That seems like an eternity ago. It may be our last act of hope and defiance.
Hey! Remember what we were saying about blue states and big cities?
Cuomo didnt just grandstand, he forgot that he is a public servant and must by necessity follow established rules and procedures...”
He thinks he is like another commie, a half-breed in the White Hut who has the same attitude.
Or he thought he was elected “Emperor” of New York like his father believed.
(I recall seeing a sign on route 209 coming out of matamoras pa into port Jervis NY that read “welcome to new York, the empire state. Mario m Cuomo, emperor” sign stayed like that, official looking, for quite some time. Never thought to snag a photo of it.)
About time those New Yorkers grew some balls...: )
I’m surprised it took this long. Boot the gun grabbing liars out of office...
> The SAFE Act is a misnomer, said the NRA member. It makes no one safer and in fact punishes the innocent. It makes felons of non-compliant citizens who are counting on their constitutional rights to protect them.
The commie rammed the legislation through without the standard wait period or discussion with concerned citizens in order to get it passed like the scumbucket he is. The SAFE was a deliberate lie cloaked to misead the public and grab their guns. Had nothing ever to with making them safer. Go New York!
It’s Upstate NYkers who want their guns.
I live in one of the top taxes counties. For that, we should be allowed to keep our guns.
BTW, does cuomo’s bodyguards carry guns? if they do, then why? Shouldn’t cuomo set an example?
It would seem that these New Yorkers didn’t hear His Royal Highness King Cuomo when His Imperial Majesty said gun-owners weren’t welcome in New York and should move elsewhere.
“Astorino, who spoke to the crowd state police estimate at 3500,”......
If that is an actual photo of the event, there are WAY more than 3500 people there.
Go New Yorkers...........
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We appreciated ALL the supporters from out-of-state who came as far away as Mississippi.
We have to stick together in this.
If you take the SP estimates....double or triple them...if you want and accurate count. ;)
A few hundred of my friends were there.
It’s funny how I know the author and people quoted in this.
Raquel is a good kid and a good writer.
She has interviewed me a couple times.
Cuomo has state troopers as his security.
Downstaters want their guns too. They just are drowned out by the statists.
Thanks for the ping!