New York State has a curious and dubious distinction, not unlike California.
The issue in both states is that a bulk of the populations tend to live in ultra-liberal metropolitan enclaves, and, as such, are able to electorally rule over their conservative compatriots outside of LA and NYC. This means that, much like a monarchy, these cities dictate political progress of both states, despite their tiny footprints.
When it comes to the Second Amendment, this has been a particularly thorny relationship, with The Big Apple constantly legislating against the right to bear arms – despite massive support for the Constitutional guarantee outside of the confines of the Five Burroughs.
Today was no exception.
A new law in New York extends the waiting period for certain gun purchases from three days to 30 days.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law Monday and it takes effect in September.
Under existing federal law, gun dealers must wait three days before completing a sale if someone is not instantly approved by the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The sale could proceed even if the background check was not finished.
The problem here is not the introduction of a piece of “common sense” gun legislation, which this is certainly not.
The crux of this issue lies within the verbiage of the Constitution itself, which states that the Second Amendment “shall not be infringed”. Infringement is not the same as nullification, in that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be adjusted. At all.
The Founding Fathers saw it fit to give us this right so that we could rise up against a tyrannical government, as we did against the British, not so that we could wade through red tape in order to obtain a rifle for hunting, sport shooting, or self defense.
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