Tenney: Political Capital Made At The Expense Of Constitutional Rights

January 15, 2013
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R,C,I-New Hartford) today opposed the passage of an unprecedented gun control bill that will place a great burden on the backs of law-abiding New York citizens.

“Political posturing in New York was readily apparent today. In an attempt to cash in on the emotional turmoil the nation is feeling over heinous attacks on children and first responders, downstate ‘progressives’ deemed it necessary to assault the constitutional rights of law-abiding New Yorkers,” said Tenney.

“Jobs, constitutional rights and our upstate culture are feeling the brunt of political rhetoric and action from downstate. The most terrible aspect of how this assault on upstaters was perpetrated is the means by which this bill was passed. We were refused the requirement of 72 hours to read the bill, and within less than half an hour, my colleagues and I were able to find glaring legal mistakes, which the Majority refused to correct. They told us we would have to accept on faith that amendments would be delivered at some undisclosed date and time so that law enforcement would not be hamstrung by the provisions found in this crudely and hastily manufactured law.

“Furthermore, the issue of gun control was brought up because our children and first responders were targeted and assaulted by mentally-deranged and dangerous individuals. The governor and his legislative accomplices are implementing their gun-grab with immediacy, banning sales and enacting magazine capacity restrictions. Where are the measures to protect our school children? Where are the measures to provide care for those who suffer from mental illness? We are expected to wait months before the necessary changes will be addressed.

“Scoring points with downstaters was the governor’s objective. He scoffed at our Conference’s demand that necessary changes must be made to the way we deal with the mentally ill, but he made sure that he was in the national headlines as the most ‘progressive’ governor on gun control. He got his headline, but he paid for his national primary interests by sacrificing the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers.

“My friends and neighbors are being denied an important facet of their culture, heritage, fundamental rights, and in the case of those families connected to Remington Arms, their means of employment.

“New York isn’t safer under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). The governor has curbed the ability for law- abiding citizens to protect themselves from criminals, who by definition circumvent law, particularly here in New York State.

“There are only two people who are safer today in New York: criminals and self-serving downstate politicians,” concluded Tenney.