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Red Flag Laws: Emotion-Fueled Gun Legislation

Tom DiGennaro | United States

New York Democrats passed the states first gun control package since the SAFE Act of 2013 on January 26th, 2019. 30 day waiting periods, bump stock ban, prohibition of teachers carrying in schools, and red flag laws were passed through the state legislature.

New York’s state government is under one-party control. Democrat Andrew Cuomo is in the governor’s mansion and a Democrat majority controls both the state assembly and senate.  This democratic-run state government passed all six gun control bills bought to the floor. Most notably is the red-flag law and the dangers associated with the passage of such legislation.

Red Flag Laws

Red flag laws allow family members, school officials or law enforcement to go to a judge, who then can order confiscation of firearms or halt the purchase of. Due process will not be afforded to those subject to such legal interjections.

This type of government power is incredibly dangerous; it is unclear how far the government will go in infringing upon rights, but this gives them the immense potential to do so.

Emotion Clouds Judgement

This yet another example of the all-to-familiar trading of liberties for securities. Obviously, incidents, where there are fatalities as a result of gun violence, are tragic. However, far too often emotion clouds judgment. The mother of a victim of the Parkland shooting appeared alongside Governor Cuomo. “Parkland would’ve never happened if they had a red flag law”, she claims.

Emotion is fueling this fear and hatred of firearms that led to this legislation passing through the state legislature. More often than not, those who fear firearms and advocate for gun control know next to nothing about basic firearm safety. Most have never even held one. And a vast majority fails to understand both the implications of the power red flag laws give the government, as well as the ineffectiveness of such regulations to curbing gun violence. Ignorance breeds fear, and fear breeds hate.

This set of regulations is the first time New York has introduced and passed gun laws since the SAFE Act that followed the Sandy Hook shooting six years ago. With a Democrat-controlled state government, you can bet the next set of gun regulations and stripping of due process will be coming in the near future.


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Larry Sharpe Excluded from NY Gubernatorial Debate

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

The New York race for governor has been a vicious battle thus far. Democrat incumbent Andrew Cuomo defeated challenger Cynthia Nixon in a recent primary. Now, he faces off against a number of opponents: Republican Marc Molinaro, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, Independent Stephanie Miner, and the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins. However, only Molinaro will get to debate live with Cuomo.

A Lack of Name Recognition

The Monday night move comes after a number of polls showed that the third-party candidates have very low name recognition. Specifically, a whopping 84 percent of voters had not heard of Larry Sharpe. Figures were similar for Miner and Hawkins, at 77 and 86 percent, respectively. Of the voters who had heard of Sharpe, one-third of them had a positive opinion.

As of now, polling shows a relatively secure lead for Cuomo in the state. In recent polls, he averages over 50% in the five-way race. In a strong second, Molinaro has a recent average of 35%. Most of the polls excluded the third-party candidates entirely, but in those that did not, none performed particularly well. Sharpe’s performance in a Gravis Marketing poll was the highest of the three candidates: even so, he received only 13% in this poll.

Prior Exclusion

Third parties, such as the Libertarian Party, have faced exclusion from debates in the past. Most notably, the 2016 Presidential debates did not feature Gary Johnson, who then launched a major lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates. He and Green Party nominee Jill Stein later lost this case. Johnson now is running for New Mexico Senate.

Sharpe took to Twitter Monday, condemning the media’s decision to exclude the third-party candidates. He strongly believes that with fair coverage, he could win the race.

Monday night’s debate, which will be live on Tuesday night at 7 P.M. EST, is the only scheduled discourse between the two candidates before the election. Thus, Sharpe and the other third-party candidates have lost a key opportunity to increase their low name recognition.


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Sign This Petition to Get Larry Sharpe on Colbert

By Owen Heimsoth | United States

As of right now, there is no Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York.

There used to be, until Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe outraised New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb three times over. Now, because of this, Kolb withdrew from the race.

Larry Sharpe is a rising star in the LP, he used to serve on the national board before resigning and he also came close to securing the party nomination for Vice President of the United States. As of January 28th, he had already raised over $100,000 for his campaign. More recent numbers are currently unavailable.

Just hours ago, he officially won the party nomination for his race to the Governor’s Mansion. He is a former Democrat and Republican but quickly joined the LP after attending a party meeting in his hometown. He is an exceptional leader and fundraiser in the liberty movement.

Recently, the hashtag #SharpenColbert has made some waves on Twitter after a petition.org petition gained traction with over 500 signatures to bring the Libertarian candidate on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

Sharpe hopes that an appearance on Colbert’s show would help garner him more attention. Though he has fundraised well, many do not know of the Libertarian Party, or of Sharpe, at all.

As of now, Governors Gary Johnson and William Weld have already endorsed Sharpe’s campaign. Other endorsements include several former Libertarian candidates including Dale Kerns and Nikolas Wildstar.

The petition is available to sign here.

Also, a more in-depth article on who Larry Sharpe is and what he stands for is available here.

At the initial time of writing, the petition has reached 906 signatures.

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New York Could Legalize Marijuana Soon

By Nick Hamilton | United States

New York could become the tenth state to legalize marijuana, according to a local CBS affiliate in New York.

Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, has historically opposed legalization. However, with Massachusetts legalizing marijuana and New Jersey considering legalization, he’s reconsidering. State government is already investigating possible consequences of legalization in a study Cuomo proposed. The study is likely to conclude this fall.

Cuomo is reconsidering the notion because New York is losing tax revenue to neighboring states. As seen in Colorado, marijuana brings in revenue for both government and the private sector. Therefore, it would make sense for the third most populated state to consider legalization. This comes at a time when the state faces a massive budget gap. Legalization may help to close this gap via an increase in tax revenue.

Despite Cuomo’s newfound approval, legalization of marijuana does still face backlash in the state. Most notably, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio opposes the measure. However, his wife disagrees. In a statement on Friday, Chirlane McRay stated that she indeed supports legalization, saying that people shouldn’t be punished for using the controlled substance. NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce acknowledged that many people in New York hold that same position.

As many people know, there are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana. (which are listed here) If New York legalizes marijuana, this will be a huge victory for legalization advocates not only in New York, but across the country as well.

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