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Popular Resistance to New York SAFE Act Growing

Posted: February 28, 2013 at 7:45 am   /   by

Take a look at these headlines:

Opposition to SAFE Act growing at the local level.” “NY towns, counties pass anti-SAFE Act resolutions.” “St. Lawrence County latest to pass resolution opposing SAFE Act.”

Look at the names of these counties:

Greene County, Tioga County, St. Lawrence County, Schuyler County, Allegany County, Saratoga County . . .

Arizonans and people in other states may not be familiar with the names of New York counties, but they are certainly familiar with the primordial impulse to protect one’s right to defend oneself. Those counties are just the latest in a long list of New York counties to pass or consider resolutions opposing Governor Cuomo’s oppressive gun control law. Passed in Alinskyite haste after the awful Sandy Hook shooting, the New York SAFE Act has become notorious with gun owners and supporters of human rights across the country. Manufacturers of weapons and ammunition are refusing to sell to government or law enforcement in states like New York that are passing such laws. Protests are spreading (including one scheduled for today in Albany, NY, to be livestreamed here). Sheriffs are stating their intent to refuse to impose illegitimate gun restrictions on the people of their counties. And the counties themselves, as stated above, are taking their own stand.

In fact, the list of counties that have already done so is rather impressive. Of New York’s 62 counties . . .

  • 33 have issued formal resolutions opposing the SAFE Act
  • 17 are considering such resolutions
  • 12 have not yet acted.


New York towns are also getting involved, issuing resolutions of their own. Add that to the statements by sheriffs and gun manufacturers, and one thing becomes clear: The Lockean Social Contract is alive and well. People are sending a message to government: We have rights, and government is there to secure them. We have these rights whether government says so or not. Government is, at best, a necessary evil; it is we who are sovereign. Government is circumscribed by us, and by our rights.

This is in stark contrast to the social contract of the philosophical grandfather of the left, Jean Jacques Rousseau, who said that our rights are completely surrendered when we become part of the state, and that it is the state that circumscribes us. That may be the outlook of Andrew Cuomo and Barack Obama, but individuals, businesses, sheriffs, and local councils across the nation are making it clear that that is just not how We The People roll.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Popular Resistance to New York SAFE Act Growing