I do not belong to the NRA. The only gun I have in the house is a Ruger 10-22 semi-automatic rifle that I bought for my son who took an NRA safety-marksman qualifying course sponsored by the NY Civil Air Patrol this past summer. Because of my son's passion of enjoying shooting his gun we often used the Brookhaven Rifle and Gun range in Ridge this summer and fall. There we found some of the most law abiding, responsible people we have ever met. They just happen to like to shoot guns. Though the larger caliber rifles are not for me those that have them enjoy shooting them. These people are not responsible for the Newtown Tragedy.
Punishing the law abiding citizen is a mistake. Laws made out of emotion are never thought out properly. I have learned during the passed few weeks that many people are using the terms: automatic weapon, automatic rifle, assault rifle, assault weapon, magazine, clip, high capacity magazines, etc, and few even know what they are talking about. Most did not know that NY State (along with a few other states) already had a 10 round magazine limit. NY already had some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
The US government has announced that it will be limiting magazines to 10 rounds through out the country. What does NY do? Lowers it's capacity to 7 rounds. Announcing you can keep the 10 round magazines but you can only put 7 rounds in it. HUH??? My son's 22 cal rifle which now has an adjustable stock and a pistol grip is now considered an assault weapon because of the way it looks. Not due to any change in fire power or the way the rifle is fired. HUH??? Mentally disturbed unstable individuals have caused unspeakable tragedies recently yet NY State punishes the law abiding citizen and preys on the emotions on the uneducated. Today is one of the few days I'm embarrassed to call myself a New Yorker.