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Governor Cuomo fired his first shot in the looming battle over gun rights when, according to the NY Times, he said, “There is a balance here — I understand the rights of gun owners; I understand the rights of hunters.”

In the interview, Mr. Cuomo tipped his hand while discussing assault weapons when he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.” Not once in this interview did he mention the obvious need to look at mental health and school protection.

There are enough unenforced laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill yet, in the typical one size fits all approach of dealing with problems, the governor would shred the Second Amendment to suit the liberal mind-set, which has never conceded the absoluteness of the Constitution unless activist courts have interpreted its provisions to suit their wishes. The balance Cuomo sees is at best a scale tipped to one side.

So Mr. Cuomo has joined the chorus of shrill voices feeling that this particularly horrific mass killing has at last provided the opening to push for what they see as the means to an end for their ultimate goal — repeal of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Even if, in asking for the most draconian measures of confiscation, his proposals succeed in just so much as outlawing munitions clips he will have succeeded in beginning to strip from the people their fundamental right to protect themselves from a tyrannical government bent on control. When guns are finally outlawed, only criminals and government will have them.

When Americans wake from the nightmare of Newtown I hope they realize big government is not always the best answer or a force for the common good. It bodes well to remember that throughout history every dictatorial and tyrannical regime has employed gun control to control the people. In our republic, the people are supposed to be the masters of government, not the other way around.

Dave Petteys

Lyons Falls

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