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There’s an extremely common misconception about the state of New York in which Americans believe that everything within the Empire State’s borders is a liberal wasteland.

In reality, however, things are much, much different.

Given the system of government bestowed upon the state, (and the nation, for that matter), where majority rules in a voting setting, New York City is an enormous factor in this misrepresentation.  The widely blue locale in the southeastern corner of the expansive state is only a few square miles across, but packs an enormous punch in our representative democracy.  It is truly a bright blue speck in a sea of red, with conservative values ruling much of the rest of the state.

And to put the size of New York State into perspective, it would take you well over seven hours to traverse from the Big Apple to the farms and hunting lands of the Buffalo area.

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Now, as the left leaning legislature attempts to install a handgun database across the entire state, New Yorkers are flat out ignoring the new law, effectively telling Governor Andrew Cuomo to take the entire plan and shove it.

“The SAFE Act has been popular in urban areas, according to polling data. But some rural gun owners have resisted from the beginning. As the first big handgun registration deadline approached this winter, for people who got their guns prior to 2013, the pushback grew more intense.

“Talk radio host Bill Robinson has lashed out at the state on ‘The Second Amendment Radio Show,’ which he hosts for a small station near Rochester. ‘The government shouldn’t have master lists of us gun owners and the specific guns we have,’ Robinson said on a recent episode. ‘They don’t need it!’

“As of the deadline, more than 81,000 people – or 20 percent of affected handgun owners in New York – haven’t responded to the state’s request. But New York State Police spokesman Beau Duffy argues that concern about this gun database has been overblown. He said felony charges are off the table for now. ‘We’re not going to take criminal enforcement action, particularly with those people who were unaware of this re-certification process,’ Duffy said.”

For how long, however, will the authorities wait for these 81,000 Americans to voluntarily turn themselves in, so to speak?

Surely this issue will come to a head again in the not so distant future, and we have to wonder if this will be the issue that finally splits the Empire State into New York and New Amsterdam – an idea that has been around for decades.

 

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