Stefanik has harsh criticisms of NY's new gun laws

Stefanik has harsh criticisms of NY's new gun laws
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New York lawmakers are awfully proud of their new gun control laws. They wanted to show the Supreme Court that they’d do what they want and they actually did.

Of course, there’s no evidence to suggest any of these measures will accomplish anything, but when has that ever stopped anti-gunners?

One New Yorker, Rep. Elise Stefanik, however, isn’t thrilled. She’s got some harsh criticisms over what her state has done.

Stefanik, the chair of the House Republican Conference and third-ranking House Republican, called New York’s new law regulating guns, which was passed after the Supreme Court overruled the state’s conceal carry process, “unconstitutional on its face.”

New York Democrats “put an even worse law in place, essentially categorizing law-abiding gun owners in my district…as felons,” Stefanik told “Prime News,” with Jenn Pellegrino.

“You pointed out the cancellation of a Civil War reenactment,” Stefanik said. “In my district, we have historical reenactments for the Revolutionary War, for the War of 1812, all the time.

“It’s an important part of our values. It’s an important aspect of our history. It’s an important part of our local economy. And we’ve seen update after update that the negative consequences of this law or that those events can no longer happen. We love our historical reenacters. It’s not partisan; it’s about teaching the next generation history.”

Stefanik argued that the law is a way to distract from New York Democrats’ failure to address the growing crime problems in the state, particularly in New York City.

She’s probably not wrong, either.

However, since she brought up the reenactment issue, I figured I’d go down that particular rabbit hole.

As I noted last week, I’ve been involved in some kind of reenactment for most of my life. I’ve long believed that for many, reenactments are an ideal way to teach history. Instead of stuff textbooks and boring lectures, you can see what it was like. You can walk through a Civil War encampment or see what it was like during the fur trade.

I’ve been involved with both.

But New York’s gun laws, as Stefanik notes, inhibit reenactment. The stupid thing about this? Despite all the guns at any given reenactment, people don’t get shot at them. Yes, these are people who are reenacting violent scenes from our history, but no one actually gets shot.

How is that? Well, because the people with those guns are using them responsibly. There are procedures and rules in place that produce a safe environment for everyone.

Yet that didn’t stop New York.

My hope is that this is too far even for your average anti-gun New Yorker, but I’m not holding my breath by any stretch of the imagination.

Then again, I’d prefer it if they’d decide all of it was a bridge too far for them, but I’m not holding my breath for that, either.

Stefanik called out her state for their antics, and I’m glad she did. Maybe she’ll take action at the federal level the next time there’s a chance of it passing that will address this kind of thing?