Schumer proposal goes too far, doesn’t fight crime, Rensselaer Falls man says
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:59 am

To the Editor,

In a recent article Sen. Charles Schumer claims more legislation is needed to keep firearms from suspected terrorists, because the current NIC system fails to prevent them from buying guns. He said: “Because of current law, suspected and known terrorists who are on our terrorist watch list can walk into a gun store and buy a gun no questions asked,”

Please, Schumer, stop with the hyperbole.

First of all, any NIC check is only as good as the information that is given it. Considering how badly the FBI and the CIA fumbled with intel given to them on a silver platter from Russia about the Boston marathon bombers back in 2011. I don’t see how more laws will make any difference for such gross incompetence. Does Schumer wish to reinforce failure with feel good laws that still do not resolve the problem? Does he want government to have more access to our personal information? Funny how government always want more information on private citizens, yet government is not equally transparent with its dealings—as yet more corruption continues to goon in our state government.

Schumer also says; “More than 1,300 suspected terrorists were cleared to purchase weapons in the United States.” Notice the word “suspected” in that sentence. While I have no doubt most if not all are actually terrorists, I am concerned if the mere suspicion of bad indent will pre-empt the freedom to buy and own firearms based of circumstantial evidence. Schumer seems to forget that we are a nation where one is considered innocent before presumed guilty, and due process of law is the cornerstone of our judicial system. Would he chop down those safeguards in the name of national security? If so, then what kind of nation would we then have worth defending?

In any case, no gun laws would have stopped the tragedy in Boston, even if it included registration and background checks of people who purchase pressure cookers. Schumer is just making noise to attract attention at the expense of our Second Amendment and legal rights.

Ron Shirtz, Rensselaer Falls