Potsdam man seeks help for SAFE act protest in Gouverneur
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 8:26 am

To the Editor:

Please join your fellow St. Lawrence, Jefferson & Lewis County citizens Saturday, April 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the Gouverneur, village green for a peaceful protest.

At this time “We the People,” will be exercising our first amendment right contained within the “Bill of Rights” of the United States Constitution defending our second amendment right in opposition to the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act).

During the debates on the adoption of the U. S. Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government.

Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution.

They demanded a "Bill of Rights" that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens.

As it was during that time, again today our civil liberties are under attack. In attendance at the Gouverneur, NY Pro Second Amendment Rally will be numerous, diverse inspirational speakers reminding of us why the second amendment is essential to the freedom we enjoy in this country.

The second amendment is a non-partisan issue, this is not an issue concerning hunting rights as the government of Andrew Cuomo would have you believe, this is about defending our United States Constitution.

The Constitution/Bill of Rights is for every American Citizen not just for a select few, and with this in mind it is incumbent upon every U. S. Citizen to join together and safeguard our liberty.

New York State is the only state in the Union that passes legislation by “message of necessity.” If this is the way legislation is to be passed in New York, why do we need, and/or pay legislators?

In a speech on Nov. 18, 1873 William Pitt stated, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves”.

Please spend the day with us in Gouverneur on Saturday, April 13, to exercise your First Amendment right.

SMSgt. Dean Laubscher, USAF, (Ret.), Potsdam