So much so that, last week, the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association issued a statement distancing troopers from Cuomo and warning of public resentment toward law enforcement since the gun law's passage.No shit, sherlock.
A poll by the Siena Research Institute, released in March, found that 61 percent of New Yorkers like the NY SAFE Act, with the greatest support among the state's large pool of registered Democrats. However, 48 percent of those polled also said they felt the law was rushed into enactment, in a bout of emotion following the Newtown massacre.In other words, voters in New York City -- who don't own guns, because their city's laws represent an effective ban on firearms to anyone who isn't a cop, a public figure, or a bodyguard -- are quite happy to vote their more rural citizens into a similar state of disarmed victimhood. And that's assuming that the polls are accurate.
A similar poll released this week by Quinnipiac University found that 63 percent of voters said they support the new gun laws. The pollsters noted a regional split, with supporters of the NY SAFE Act concentrated in the New York City area, while upstate voters disapprove.
In other words, someone is most likely going to prison for 5-10 years and subsequently rendered unemployable for the rest of his life for doing something that harmed no one, was legal a week ago, and for which he had no criminal intent.
On Wednesday, William G. Greene, a Saratoga-area man, became one of the first to run afoul of a provision sealing the so-called "private sale loophole." Greene posted to a Facebook page for gun enthusiasts, announcing he was selling an RUNS .223 caliber rifle.
He found a buyer, who turned out to be an undercover state trooper. If Greene had sold the weapon a week earlier, before provisions of the new gun law took effect, he would have gone home with a pocket full of cash. Instead, he was hauled off in handcuffs.