I am writing in reply to the letter writer who states, “The Legislature must pass a law giving rights to police to stop, search and confiscate a weapon from a “possible” perpetrator.” He also says that the officer should explain that if they didn’t take the weapon, there was a possibility that someone’s life could be taken and the perpetrator could lose their life in the judicial system.

If due process is followed, I have no problem. But who is a “possible perpetrator” in the author’s context? One in three Wyoming County adults is licensed by their elected judge to carry a concealed firearm. Are all legal gun owners automatically considered “possible perpetrators”?

Perhaps the author should brush up on invasion of privacy laws and the Second and Fourth Amendments that guarantee Americans the right to bear arms and to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure. He might also pay more attention to current events.

Mayor Giuliani started a policy in New York City called “Stop and Frisk.” Mayor Bloomberg kept this policy in place and for 20 years the number of shootings went down in New York City.

The current liberal, progressive, democratic-socialist mayor of New York City decided that too many Blacks were being stopped, frisked, and incarcerated for possessing illegal guns and illegal drugs. So he stopped “Stop and Frisk.” Well guess what? In the immortal words of Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”! Gun violence in New York City is now out of control.

Defund the Police? Good Luck!

Ronald Heppner


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