New York's gun control measure makes victims vulnerable

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: January 30, 2013
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaims the NY SAFE gun control legislation is a model for the nation. Would such a law be good for Oklahoma? The law bans “assault weapons” and large-capacity magazines. These bans make law-biding citizens less safe from those who would do them harm. The ban is vague as to the specific firearms included, but clearly infringes upon citizens' rights to possess tactical advantage of superior firepower over armed assailants, such as during a home invasion. Magazine-capacity limitations won't hinder perpetrators. They will illegally obtain large-capacity magazines or legally obtain multiple small-capacity magazines in preparation for their assault. With a little practice, magazines can be exchanged into most firearms in one to two seconds. Therefore, these limits will have a negligible effect on the ability to carry out mass shootings of the unarmed.

NY SAFE gun magazine restrictions place the innocent, law-abiding victims at risk. These victims may react to an assault emergency by grabbing their loaded firearm, now limited to seven rounds. Seven or even 10 bullets may be insufficient for adequate defense in a high-stress environment where misses often occur or where there are multiple perpetrators. Cuomo justifies NY SAFE's restrictions with an emotional plea to “end the madness.” I agree. Let's end the madness of exploiting tragedies to hastily pass reactionary legislation that hinders self-defense and provides the tactical advantage to criminals over law-abiding victims.

Gary Graff, Bixby