Utica mayor, David R. Roefaro, to get tough on guns

In his state of the city address, David R. Roefaro, the mayor of Utica, NY declared war on illegal guns.  Although the intent is noble, the method will likely trample the right of law abiding gun owners.  Some quotes to note from his address include saying that guns are a “gateway to drugs and a recipe for murder.”  He also bragged about being part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, saying that he joined the group of over 350 mayors to repeal the Tihart amendments which protect the privacy of gun owners claiming that it will aid in the city’s “access and studying the patterns of illegal guns” and prevent inhibition of the “success of National Criminal Background Checks.”  The Utica Observer Dispatch published an article on the address which is posted on their website.

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  1. Mike Brownell
    Posted September 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    WHy dont you try enforcing the laws we have now instead of making new ones? I see people getting arested in the news all the time for gun crimes and thier sentancing and fines are comparable to j-walking violations.

    Did you know that there are 3 times more deaths from doctor malpractice then by guns?

    Institute of Medicine’s report that medical malpractice kills 100,000 people a year.

    FACT: In 2006, there were 30,896 gun deaths in the U.S: 12,791 homicides (41% of total deaths), 16,883 suicides (55% of total deaths), 642 unintentional shootings (2% of total deaths), 360 from legal intervention (1.2% of total deaths) and 220 from undetermined intent (.8% of total deaths).

    (Numbers obtained from CDC National Center for Health Statistics mortality report online, 2009.)

    Obviously gun control is not what you people make it out to be. If you were so worried about people dieing you would go after doctors or cars for that matter.

    Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes.

    So what is your hidden agenda with gun control it is not saving lives because you would go after doctors and automobiles if that were the case.