TO THE EDITOR: This letter is a rebuttal to Mr. Chartock’s opinion piece in the Press-Republican on Jan. 21.
I’d like to know what Mr. Chartock received from the Governor’s Office in return for conveying their propaganda. That may sound a little harsh, but it’s only because I found his article to be demeaning to the public, especially those who don’t agree with what is going on.
I’d like to inform Mr. Chartock that things like three-day grace periods are guaranteed to the public so we know what our elected officials are doing. The government is supposed to be the voice of the people.
Whether or not the governor was nervous that his ambitious new regulations would pass is no excuse for closed-door, middle-of-the-night sessions with no other opinions but his and his supporters. Thank goodness there was some opposition in the room because the list of everything Coumo wanted was, quite frankly, criminal.
These new laws are completely off base. I don’t have enough room to go on about all of them, so I’ll just say: Criminals don’t follow the law. All the legislation and politics in the world will not take guns out of the hands of people who really want to use them in a harmful way. These new policies punish responsible gun owners and no one else.
How about looking at violent video games or movies? How about the media make educated reports and take the time to get facts straight? How about getting to know the people your children play with and ask if there are any firearms in the house? You don’t need to read it on the Internet or in a local paper.
Some of us need and value our privacy.