Stand Up For Your Second Amendment Rights – Join Me In Albany On January 25 For Our “Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day”
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
November 24, 2010
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” So reads the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, 27 simple words forming one of the most powerful sentences in the English language as it enshrined the right of a free people to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment is widely seen as America’s “first freedom,” because without it, all our other freedoms could be subject to tyranny and possibly taken away. Simply put, the Second Amendment keeps all Americans free. SAVE THE DATE! TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, IS “SPORTSMEN & OUTDOOR RECREATION LEGISLATIVE AWARENESS DAY” IN ALBANY In celebration of America’s Second Amendment and the proud, honorable tradition of hunting that has been handed down generation-to-generation, our Assembly Minority Conference and I invite you to be our guest at the second annual “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day” we are holding in Albany on January 25, 2011. Just like before, we again are proud to sponsor the event that is 100 percent free and open to the public. Earlier this year, nearly 3,000 sportsmen from all across New York State visited Albany and took part in this historic event. Based on my personal discussions with many of the attendees at our 2010 gathering, I can report they were genuinely impressed with the professional, non-partisan way the event displayed the very best about New York’s gun enthusiasts, sportsmen and anyone who cares about our Constitution. TELL POLICY-MAKERS TO KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF YOUR FREEDOMS! Our Conference’s freedom-first event provides a perfect opportunity for you to come to the State Capitol, network with thousands of fellow sportsmen, and let all 212 legislators and the in-coming Governor know that when it comes to your freedoms, the Second Amendment is not a “suggestion.” In fact, it is the exact opposite: it is a guaranteed protection that no branch of government at any level can usurp. The Second Amendment is as much a fundamental part of our national character and Constitution as are the freedoms of speech, religion and the press. JOIN LEADERS OF THE NRA AND NYS RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION We were fortunate to have nationally recognized leaders at the forefront of the battle to preserve and protect the Second Amendment speak at last year’s event. Our speakers included: Wayne LaPierre, CEO and Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA); Ken Mathison, President of the Shooter’s Committee On Political Education (SCOPE); Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA); James Rabbia, Plant Manager of Remington Arms, Ilion, NY; and Larry Rudolph, President of the Safari Club International. Other organizations that participated in 2010 – and this list is by no means exhaustive – were the Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation; the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; Springville Field and Stream Club; Deer Search Inc.; Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen; NYS Conservation Council; CANY (Conservation Alliance of New York); Whitetails Unlimited; NYS Trappers Association; West Albany Rod and Gun Club; Deer and Elks Association; Quality Deer Management Association; Mid-Hudson Valley Fur Harvesters; Sullivan County Longbeards; 4-H; Sporting Dog Trainers Alliance; North Country ATV Association; Capital District Fly Fishers; Greene County Federation of Sportsmen and the Sportsman’s Alliance for Firearms Education. These leaders and organizations are again being invited to take part in our 2011 event. Mr. LaPierre, Mr. King and Mr. Rabbia will be attending, and I am personally grateful to them for continuing to share their knowledge, expertise and passion for the Second Amendment. Once again, Mr. LaPierre’s speech is being sponsored by Mr. Tom King and NYSRPA. Frankly, I cannot think of another event anywhere in New York State that features as many experts, exhibits, presentations and Second Amendment advocates as does our Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day. It has quickly become a signature event for all of New York’s sportsmen who annually contribute some $6 billion to our economy. BEING RECOGNIZED BY NY’S LEADING SECOND AMENDMENT GROUPS As a proud member of the NRA, SCOPE and the Safari Club International, I have been honored during the past year to be continually recognized for my efforts to safeguard the Second Amendment rights of all New Yorkers. In June, NYSRPA named me their “2010 Legislator of the Year.” In October, SCOPE’s President Stephen Aldstadt presented me with their “Sandra Lee Wirth Legislator of the Year Award.” I am pleased to have Mr. Aldstadt attending our 2011 event. Both of these prestigious recognitions meant a great deal to me as they reflected my continued commitment to ensuring that the right to keep and bear arms is not infringed. The Second Amendment truly is America’s first freedom, one that our Founding Fathers made possible. We owe it to them to make its preservation a top priority. SEE YOU IN ALBANY ON JANUARY 25, 2011! Remember, our event is free and open to the public. If you would like to RSVP, request directions, or have questions about our Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, call (518) 455-5073, or look for our event on Facebook. Wayne LaPierre, Tom King and thousands of your fellow sportsmen look forward to seeing you in Albany on January 25, 2011 so be sure and save the date! As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at email@example.com. You also can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and informational updates regarding state government and our Assembly Minority Conference.