I’ve been under the weather for a few days but feel a bit better today. I am fortunate to have access to if not great health care I do receive adequate. I also have a warm house, clean drinking water and a toilet. Take a moment on this the day before Lent to remember our fellow souls who huddle cold and homeless. Now imagine being ill and cold and homeless. I fully understand that many of these individuals fight multiple demons and can be difficult to help. But that doesn’t make their suffering less severe. Sorry but I was thinking about them last night. I’m haunted by many things but never by harpooning politicians and crusading drama queens.
That brings us to Susan Steer and illusory superiority. Steer and Hubby Bob suffer from a cognitive bias. They overestimate their positive qualities and abilities and underestimate their negative qualities, relative to others. This is evident in a variety of areas including intelligence, performance on tasks or tests, and the possession of desirable characteristics or personality traits.
To them gun owners are somehow primitive and less enlightened than they are. Somehow Susan is better than/above the rest of the gun owning slobs, and she likes to lecture from some moral high ground/soap box.
So today we have this.
Reminder: the Saratoga Springs City Center Board of Directors are meeting on Wednesday morning, at 8 am, to discuss changes in their booking policy. There will not be a public comment period, but your attendance there is very important. In the meantime, please consider contacting the Board through the City Center's website and urge them to adopt a policy that prohibits gun shows at the venue. Here is the link: http://www.saratogacitycenter.org/index.php/contact-us/. Use the drop down tab for "governance" to contact the board members. Their names are Joseph Dalton, Richard Higgins, Roger Goldsmith, Tom Roohan, Susan Farnsworth and Shelby Schneider. Mayor Scott Johnson and Todd Garofano are ex officio members of the Board. I hope to see you there.
And she stated a new petition.
The reasons I started this petition to ban all gun shows at the city center are as follows:
1. it encourages the transport and carrying of firearms for public sale through a peaceful, pedestrian friendly downtown area coincidentally interspersed by gun free safe zones due to all of the schools in the nearby area (possession within such area is now a Class E Felony);
2. it drains the City of Saratoga Springs’ public safety resources for the benefit of this promoter and private firearms sellers because the State of New York Attorney General requires that this promoter request that public law enforcement officers patrol the parking lots to prevent guns from being sold outside in those lots which occurred during a gun show in August 2011;
3. the gun show promoter is unable to control the extent to which illegal activity is associated with his gun shows as demonstrated by the fact that there were stolen items being sold by one of the vendors at the January 2013 gun show;
4. it sends the wrong message about our community when the city profits from the sale of guns, especially during a time when tax payers are assuming the additional burden of paying for security in our schools and public institutions; and
5. it contributes to an atmosphere of a gun/ammunition buying/selling frenzy ahead of, and in the wake of, state and federal legislation designed to enact common sense gun control laws.
I encourage all of you to sign it and to forward the link to your friends for their signature. Thank you!
Of course there is a new progun petition
We the undersigned, law abiding citizen gun owners and supporters of 2nd amendment respectfully urge you to cease consideration of biased and discriminatory actions against us in the banning of future gun shows from the city center. This petition is formed in opposition to one currently active on the same forum requesting a permanent end to gun shows in the City of Saratoga Springs using half-truths and misinformation in an attempt to gain support and sway your judgement by fear mongering. I urge you to consider the following points:
1- Firearms are transported constantly throughout the City of Saratoga Springs and surrounding area without crimes being committed. While most communities are interspersed with schools, parks, and other "gun free zones" (better known as "target rich environments" by those who seek to pursue criminal enterprise or do harm to others without resistance), the road ways adjoining these areas have no such restrictions and therefore passage on them constitutes no violation of criminal law. Vehicles containing firearms travel past these "gun free zones" thousands of times every day nationwide without incident.
2- If providing a police officer for such events causes to much financial strain on the city, perhaps they should approach the organizer to subsidize the cost of that patrol during times of the gun show. Better yet, let us attempt to reduce the financial burden upon area emergency services in the area by addressing activities that cause a more frequent and substantial drain on personnel and finances such as the weekly fight club/drinking party known as Caroline Street, or the overfilled concerts at Saratoga Performing Arts Centers.
3- It is reported that stolen goods were sold at a previous gun show. The stolen property was not in fact firearms, ammunition or weapons of any type as the author of the other petition has eluded too but military equipment consisting of backpacks, rucksacks, hydration systems and vests. The equipment was allegedly stolen from a government facility by a third party who sold it to the gun show vendor without the vendors knowledge of the origins. The vendor reportedly cooperated fully with police investigation. End of the story. A similar thing can occur to anybody who makes a purchase of second hand property, unfortunately it occurred to a otherwise reputable vendor who was selling goods at the local gun show and therefore became an interest to the liberal media and those who seek to stop the gun show.
4- The only message that banning such an event could impress upon others about the City of Saratoga Springs is that makes poor decisions based on misinformation. Please keep in mind that it is estimated that over 40% of households in the United States own a firearm (this statistic would include the City of Saratoga Springs, your not exempt), that's 40% of your friends, family and neighbors, whether you know it or not. I hope you will consider this when making decisions.
If the city of Saratoga Springs wishes to make itself safer, lets consider the possibility of sponsoring gun safety classes, not just for adults, but to teach our youth what to do should they encounter a gun. Lets seek to extend better care and assistance to those who suffer mental illness, or how about we take a look at bullying in our schools. Knee jerk reactions and the passing of unenforceable legislation, or pouring money into ineffective public service announcement campaigns obviously isn't working. Lets make our communities known for actually accomplishing something through useful through cooperation and thoughtful input from both sides to hopefully reach an amicable agreement for all on how we deal with this.
I would also urge all gun owners and 2nd amendment supporters to closely watch how the powers that be handle this situation and consider where your money goes. Remember, the City of Saratoga Springs is only 10-20 minutes away from many other centers for commerce, should the city and the city center show prejudice against us I urge all to take your business to other communities who do not.
You can sign my petition by clicking here.
Robert LeClair Sign HERE
And yes I saw John Franck’s readers view and it made me laugh.HERE. This from the guy who put a drug and alcohol treatment center on South Broadway
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