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06/28/2024 5:17 PM | Anonymous


    In 2022, Governor Hochul clinched victory in the New York State Governor race with a meager margin of 327,000 votes over Lee Zeldin, in an election that saw only approximately 1.8 million out of an estimated 5-million-gun owners in the state casting their ballots.  With New York State boasting a population nearing 20 million, the influence of gun owners in shaping policies such as gun laws becomes evident.  Had more gun owners turned out to vote, the landscape of gun legislation, such as the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), would not be as restrictive today, underscoring the potential impact of increased voter participation among gun owners.  Why don’t more gun owners vote in New York State? 

    Gun owners cite several primary reasons for abstaining from voting: lack of interest, dissatisfaction with candidates, voters are too busy, or a belief their votes are inconsequential.  The latter concerns are particularly troubling and impactful.  It is projected that a mere 20% increase in voter turnout among New York State gun owners in 2022 could have altered the outcome of the gubernatorial election, resulting in Lee Zeldin assuming office and the CCIA not signed into law.  New York State gun owners MUST get out and vote in the 2024 election.

    America stands on the brink for many reasons.  President Biden’s economic policy has the economy faltering, evidenced by a meager 1.3 percent growth in last quarter’s gross domestic product.  Job creation is predominantly in the government sector or going to illegal immigrants, exacerbating wage stagnation amid rising inflation.  The southern border remains porous, with an estimated 7.6 million illegal immigrants entering since President Biden took office, contributing to escalating crime nationwide.  Gun control constitutes a pivotal aspect of President Biden’s agenda.    

    President Biden seeks to implement stringent gun control measures, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks, and lifting immunity for gun manufacturers.  When will New York State gun owners decide enough is enough and mobilize to vote?  What is former President Trump’s platform on guns?

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Donald Trump on May 20, 2016, and most recently on May 19, 2024.  Former President Trump stated, gun owners need to show up and vote; that gun owners have not participated enough in past elections.  Former President Trump praised the NRA as the “backbone” of the country, claiming the Second Amendment is “under siege” under President Biden.  Former President Trump in his speech to the NRA vowed to protect gun owner’s rights stating, “we need it for safety because the bad guys aren’t giving up their guns and claiming Biden “is coming for your guns.” It comes down to informed citizens voting to realize the country and polices they want. 

    Elizabeth Willing Powel, who is considered one of the well-connected social figures of Colonial and early Republic Philadelphia, was a close friend of both George and Martha Washington.  Upon completion of the Constitution of the United States, Elizabeth Powel ask Benjamin Franklin, "what have we got a republic or a monarchy," to which Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic if you can keep it’” The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely DEPENDENT upon the active, educated, and informed involvement of the people.

    New York State gun owners MUST get out and vote in the 2024 Presidential election and local Congressional political races.   Take 10 friends with you to vote.  If you must, pick them up and drive them to the polling center.  The United States is on the brink of losing it as a republic, and if gun owners don’t vote in greater numbers than in the past, our sons, daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters will not have the same Second Amendment rights you and I do today!  GET OUT AND VOTE!  The country and our state are depending on YOU!  Become a PATRIOT and VOTE!


A 2nd Amendment Defense Organization, defending the rights of New York State gun owners to keep and bear arms!

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East Aurora, NY 14052

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