Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00I had the privilege of running against Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel last election and I can say she is truly determined to pass the infamous micro-stamping bill, which was introduced by her in the New York State Assembly under A1157. This bill, if passed into law, will place a burden on pistol manufacturers and gun store owners. Manufacturing costs will rise, resulting in owners selling less resulting in stores losing business. We cannot afford anymore businesses to close down.
The NRA stated that micro-stamping “is an unproven technology.” Further, anyone who knows the anatomy of a gun can simply file down the firing pin wherein the micro-stamp is imprinted or replace it with an old pin that was not micro-stamped. This law would not go into effect until Jan.1, 2013. Now, those who tamper with guns are not your average responsible gun owners, instead these are criminals who are also capable of filing down a firearms serial number imprinted on the side.
You can take the gun away from the criminal, but you cannot keep the criminal away from the gun. I only ask that we seek an alternative solution instead of relying on an unproven technology. Getting guns away from those who should not have them is always a first step.
One way is through gun buy-back programs. Another way is to go to areas with gun violence and work with community leaders and religious groups to get them off the street.
I tend to view things differently and look to one person no one mentions here: the victim. Someone has been fatally wounded and bringing the criminal to justice should bring some closure, but there is still a loss and that family will never recover. The victim oftentimes goes unnoticed. The only one who remembers them is the families and friends they left behind.
What I would focus on instead of micro stamping is to join other members of the assembly to bring ethics reform, pass the property tax cap, which already passed the senate, and work with other members in the assembly to audit the MTA. I am sure Ms. Schimel does not think the issues I outlined are paramount to micro stamping.
Scott D. Diamond