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Gun Rally Targets Politicians, New Anti-Gun Laws

The event was organized by the United Sportsmen Association of Rockland.

More than 150 people gathered in front of the Rockland County Legislature building Saturday afternoon for a rally in which they proudly celebrated their gun ownership and spoke of their disappointment with recent laws relating to gun safety.

The event was organized by the United Sportsmen Association of Rockland, along with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. The crowd was energetic throughout the roughly 90-minute rally. After the national anthem was played, one man yelled out “freedom” a few times. Plenty of other items discussed drew raucous applause and yelling out from the crowd, as well.

Many who spoke Saturday brought up The Journal News’ gun map, which was taken down the night before after remaining online for 27 days. Stan Pascoo, president of the United Sportsmen Association of Rockland, said since people seemed so interested in who owns a gun, he would tell them.

“We are your neighbors, your friends, your relatives,” he said. “We are the people who protect you. We are the people who fight the fires, the people who build and fix your homes, the people who prepare your taxes, repair your cars, your doctors, lawyers and, yes, even the teachers, the people who coach your kids, who help you in the stores that you shop in. We are the people that you interact with everyday of your life.”

Pascoo spoke out against the recently passed NY SAFE Act, which was passed to strengthen the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He is also the Rockland master instructor for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for firearms and archery, and said he’s trained thousands of students on how to properly and safely use firearms. Pascoo said the laws passed won’t do anything to stop criminals from using guns, and the laws only affect legal gun owners. He also called them “Draconian.”

“Unlike many of the politicians who voted on a bill that they are totally clueless about, I do know something about the subject,” he said. “I actually know the difference between a firearm magazine and say, Newsweek or Playboy. I know the difference between an assault weapon, whatever that is, and a shaker of salt I use in a restaurant.”

The harshest words at the event came from Legislator Frank Sparaco, who first spoke about how recent events have made legal gun owners out to be bad people. He said legal gun owners shouldn’t have anything to be ashamed of, and flipped around a famous World War II quote commonly attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

“I’m proud to live in a country where behind every blade of grass is a freedom-loving patriot with a rifle,” he said. “Guess what? The world is a safer place because of people like us. The world is a better place because of people like us. Without people like us, and the second amendment, the other amendments and freedoms that come with them wouldn’t be possible. One amendment is as important as the next. We cannot just pick and choose from day to day which part of the Constitution we want to respect.”

Sparaco then turned his attention to the recent gun laws and the elected officials who passed them, especially Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Sen. David Carlucci.

“These are unalienable rights that no majority has the right to deprive us of,” he said. “The question is, why are they so afraid of us? That’s what’s very concerning to me. Why would our own representatives fear us so much to revoke our liberty and try to confiscate our property? I think I have the answer: it’s because they’re a bunch of elitist eggheads, like our great Senator Carlucci.”

Sparaco pointed to Carlucci's age, calling him a “boy” and accusing the senator of not knowing how law enforcement works or having seen what a tyrannical government “is capable of doing to its citizenry.” He added that elected officials are supposed to represent the people and said Carlucci didn’t hold a town hall or consult people in the community on their thoughts on the law.

Fellow Legislator Doug Jobson was also at the rally, and said legal gun owners, such as those in the United Sportsmen Association of Rockland, aren’t the problem. He said the laws don’t do anything to disarm those who have guns illegally, and called it an “agenda-driven issue.”

There were many other speakers at the event, including Conservative Party Executive Committee member Paul Murray, who said there should be a list of people with mental illnesses that is used for background checks when people apply for gun licenses.

The need for further education and action on mental illness was brought up a few times. Judy Burns said it’s important to remember that not all people with mental illnesses are harmful, though. She said it’s easy to scapegoat people, whether it’s those with mental illnesses or legal gun owners, for issues, but that the government needs to treat people like people instead of looking where to shift blame.

One speaker also mentioned that the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association plans on taking legal action against the recent laws.

Brenda M January 20, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Vince, I choose not to associate with (your word) scumbags? They will join any cause for a government payday.
Son of Liberty January 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
This is for the Pro-Freedom aka pro-gun people. You cannot reason with the anti-gun folks. For every fact they have 3 misconceptions, hyperbole, and lies. It's pointless. Instead, if you haven't already, join the NRA. Their membership has increased by 250,000 members in the last month alone. Guns have already flown off the shelves and, for all the useless laws being passed, the gun industry is stronger than ever. The left only has themselves to blame. Let us unify under the NRA, vote these garbage politicians out of office and reclaim our state and our country. We will bring freedom back. We outnumber the vocal misinformed left. They consistently fail to realize just how many people live in this country, outside of the coastal urban areas, and are pro-gun. Change is coming. Get involved in ways that matter. These comment threads only serve to get us worked up. Take a stand, Join the NRA, and fight the left the way they fight us, through lobbies, politics, and law. It may be an uphill battle, but we aren't the whiny types. We are the ones who suck it up and get things done.  Veritas Justitia et Libertas
amerpatriot January 20, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Hey Watchdog - you dogging the First Amendment now as well as the Second Amendment?
amerpatriot January 20, 2013 at 04:50 PM
21st century concerned citizen: your fear of guns is admirable - they are indeed dangerous in the wrong hands. In the right hands, for example those of the lawful American citizen, they are a beneficial tool. You don't like gun ownership, please don't buy one. To call the Natl Rifle Assoc leadership insane is to call our forefathers insane. It was one of our forefathers greatest concerns. I'm surprised you still cannot see that. These draconian laws disarm law-loving Americans. And forcing these laws on the people actually HELP criminals. They are all laughing. Thanks to you. Inalienable rights. Get it? Govt did not grant citizens these rights. Govt may not infringe upon them.
SouthOfNyack January 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Everyone thinks their guns are safe, until they're not http://www.newsday.com/opinion/viewsday-1.3683911/dolman-strict-gun-laws-keep-everyone-safe-1.4471181
amerpatriot January 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Our national disgrace is disarming the law-abiding. Our national disgrace is turning our backs on the emotionally and mentally unstable. Our national disgrace is parents who have no idea of what responsibility is. Every single mass killer, every young man who gained fleeting notariety by killing strangers (children AND adults), was known by someone who actually was aware of their instability. Therein lies the problem. Any one of those people could have prevented these tragedies. But no one has the guts to turn in anyone, let alone their own family. And now our self-serving "leaders" want to take away the power of someone - anyone - who might be able to halt or limit the death or damage. I just don't understand why you point the finger at people who obey the law, and assist those who disregard the law.
Vince Gram January 20, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Brenda, I don't know who you are but as you can see my name is listed I don't hide behind catchy names or first names so nothing can get back to you or the people who know you, I am a 25 year resident of New City and I'm concerned with my rights being slowly taken away - How stupid was it for Gov Coumo when he said, he lowering the magazine level from 10 cartridges to 7 - There's no such thing as a 7 round Magazine!! Right there that's something to worry about!! You may be for or against Weapons or is it just Guns, what about Hammers, Baseball Bats? Crow Bars, Screw Drivers, Chainsaws and I can go on and on. At what point will you stand up and say that's wrong or is it because someone that you know and don't like is organizing the event you won't go and show your opposition to Whatever is being taken away or curtailed? Its time people get over themselves and be there own person and not miserable!!!!!
Joan K January 20, 2013 at 06:50 PM
A man took ill at yesterday's event and left in an ambulance, I hope he is doing okay. I appreciate whoever took the time to speak, except the retired police officer toward the end who was really too longwinded and made everyone start to leave.
Michael N. Hull January 20, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Brian Goudie writes: <<I think Sparaco will go far. And if anyone quotes Adlai Stevenson ..then I am convinced I am correct>> Nobody will go far in politics quoting Japanese 'gangstas' who attacked Pearl Harbor especially if they are so politically witless not to realize who to quote about 'eggheads'. For those of the 'gansta' mind I quote from an 'egghead' reference': "Stevenson was an intellectual, and he was balding - an 'egghead'. Nixon called Stevenson an "egghead" during a run for the presidency in 1952. There are two citations about Stevenson in the dictionary. The first: "Many intelligent people admired Stevenson. ‘Sure,’ was the reply, ‘all the egg heads love Stevenson.’" The second: "Writers of letters to editors tend to be in the intellectual or ‘egg~head’ category where Stevenson sentiment is strong." Stevenson did not disavow the label. He embraced it. In a lecture at Harvard, he remarked - via ovicipitum dura est - or, for the benefit of the 'ganstas' among you - the way of the egghead is hard. Later, he made another egghead joke, in English, as cited in the Oxford Dictionary: "Eggheads of the world, unite, you have nothing to lose but your yolks." Better Carlucci be an 'egghead' than a 'gansta' in my book. He can make a speech extemporaneously and would therefore be unlikely to mangle the reading of an intellectually deficient script.
Joan K January 20, 2013 at 07:17 PM
You people waste so much focusing on the personalities invovled that you totally miss the point of the rally itself. You are the like the media that feed us all the crap about the celebrities to keep us occupied so we don't know what is going on that really matters.
Brenda M January 20, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Vince Gram, you say you don't know who I am. I hate to tell you but I don't want to know who you are and I hate also to tell you that far from being miserable (your word) I am an extremely happy person. Whatever "nothing can get back to you or the people who know you" means is perplexing at worst and amusing at best but if you are trying to sound ominous you just sound obnoxious.
Watchdog January 20, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Vince, no one is arguing with you, in fact I agree with you wholeheartedly about the misguided gun bill. My point is that you must choose your spokespersons carefully. In spite of your comments, it does matter. I was an early Sparaco supporter, financially and otherwise until I found out the hard way that the man is a selfish opportunist. Tying him to any cause will just taint that cause. He will drop you like a hot potato if it woukd benefit him. He disappointed a lot of people.
Brenda M January 20, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Good point! Many early Sparaco supporters agree with that and say that apart from not being too bright he doesn't make up for his dimness with any other skills. Hence, the references to gumball machines and tanning salons. He is supposedly a Republican who controls the Independence Party while supporting the Democratic Party as evidenced by what I read he did to the republican candidate for supervisor, Sabatini, at the last election. A couple of days before the election to coin a phrase Sparaco stabbed Sabatini in the back and worked for Gromack. Now he has a $75 thousand part time job under Wayne Ballard, with Gromack's nod, though some would say he has been placed OVER Wayne Ballard who now trots around the civic association circuit making excuses for Sparaco in the hope that he can hang on to his highway job at the next election. What a sad end to a once nice guy - Ballard I mean! I could go on about the articles on who supplied Sparaco with money to run his own election campaign but I can't find the links right now. Somebody else can get the list and post them for me. Those articles concern me much more than a debate about guns. Thanks.
Rick Gilhousen January 20, 2013 at 08:27 PM
They want our guns because when the ppl of this country find out that the trillions we owe. Can't be payed off and that everyone has been lied to ther going After all of these liying goverment scumbags . So they want all our Guns before that happens ther running scared very scared there is a revaluation coming and they know it . Before its to late we need Ted Nugent for president Obama needs to resign along with Biden .
Watchdog January 20, 2013 at 09:04 PM
You are fight on target Rick. Hyper inflation and Devaluing the dollar is the only way out of this Obama mess. It will be painful for all, just like the pain now being experienced in Greece and Spain. Thats why they want your guns.
Watchdog January 20, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Where there is smoke, there is fire.
Michael Gries January 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I wonder who wrote Sparaco's speech?
Anthony Mele January 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Not one solution ?
Maureen January 21, 2013 at 01:42 AM
As an egghead myself might I suggest the speech was written by a bonehead?
chris albertelli January 21, 2013 at 04:27 AM
' If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.' H.Cheese Esq.
chris albertelli January 21, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Right on my brother. I can't believe the America I grew up in has changed in such a radical way. It pains me greatly to witness the insidious disease plaguing our nation. I also see our rites slowly dissolving each day. When one cannot walk down the street without some cop asking(demanding) ID, while his/her partner is frisking through my coat and pants pockets, I take serious exception. This has happened more than once to me in the past 5 years. I don’t live in a “Red Zone”, cop drugs on the corner or dress inappropriately, (whatever that may be) but do live in a middle class suburb. There is no probable cause anymore and they seem to make up the rules as they go along. As someone said there is ALWAYS an agenda behind everything. I am a combat veteran and have seen what happens to oppressed societies. Why do people disbelieve that could ever happen here. You will never take my arms away nor run a background check on my mental health. How many people driving 2 ton weapons out there would pass this requirement? Outrageous..
Rick Gilhousen January 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Here is a new one Obama is getting inaugurated today . He wants to save money and bail out the country and reduce the deficit and save the country but today there spending millions for his inauguration today when all be needs to do is just stand up there for twenty seconds take the oath and be done with it but no lets spend millions he is a hippocrit . And I won't call someone that wants to tear apart the Constitution and the second Amendment right President because I believe a real president would not do that this guy Obama and Biden are the anti-Christ here to take down the country tear it apart . We need to protest every goverment building in the country we gun owners need to heard they had protest but no one even. New the hole country should have been involved not just a few lets get it together GUN ONERS before you don't have any guns next it wil be your fishing poles and foot balls because they could kill someone . There running scared because they have ripped off the American public and slowly there figuring it out and then comes the revaluation no Guns no revaluation very simple Thank you for taking the time to read this and yes I'm an NRA Member and proud of it .
Maureen January 21, 2013 at 06:07 PM
May God bless you and more importantly may God help you. The only cost for the taxpayer in this year's inaugural ceremony is the security which will be about $115 million. The other events like the inaugural balls are not paid for by taxpayers. Given there are about 312 million people in the United States that works out to be about 37 cents per person every four years or about 9 cents per year. On the other hand your spokesman, Sparaco, has a patronage job in Clarkstown earning $75 thousand per year for about 25 hours a week. This gives him loads of free time to make forlorn speeches about eggheads and try to get himself elected to state office. There are about 83,000 residents living in Clarkstown so he is costing each of us 90 cents per year per person to hear his ranting. If you want to make an argument about savings perhaps you should start at home! I'll pay for your share of the inauguration if you will pay me for the share of my money being wasted on Sparaco. By the way I doubt that he will be able to help you with the antiChrist but antipasto should be right up his alley.
Rick Gilhousen January 21, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Minty cents ten cents save is a dollar saved this is the problem everyone thinks money growers on trees oh ya I has to work for my money . No one gets it 115 million just peanuts just like the trillion dollar deficit well it will catch up with u and everyone else in this country he want to save 4 trillion in the four years but dose he ever say how much he will spend in case you for got Obama good luck with watching him spend tax payers money even if its two cents all that money belongs to each and every tax payer in this country try asking all of them first before that spend it those tax payers worked hard for there play MONEY.
Maureen January 21, 2013 at 08:03 PM
"Minty cents ten cents save is a dollar saved this is the problem" ----- Rick, I'm working on figuring that sentence out. Ok I think I get it, you men are sometimes very difficult to understand, and I agree. Drop the inauguration 10 cents saved. Drop Sparaco 90 cents saved. Problem solved. There's your dollar! Here's the deal, you get rid of Sparaco for me and I will work on getting rid of the inauguration for you. That is what Obama says he wants us to do, work together. "Everyone thinks money growers on trees oh ya I has to work for my money" ----- Me too! How about Sparaco? He can't be working much in Clarkstown for my 90 cents when he is out PLAYING around with my TAX MONEY making lame speeches about eggheads. One thing is certain, Rick, you are NOT an egghead and neither is Sparaco. In Sparaco's book of etiquette that is a compliment. Tell him that he might add pinhead, meathead, and bonehead to his book. I think Wayne Ballard is a pinhead for hiring him, Gromack is a meathead for approving it. You pick who is the bonehead in all of this. By the way did you by any remote chance write his speech?
C. Swift January 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM
What a shame that there are people like you who constantly balkanize and try to dehumanize the average American citizen who is nothing like you and who understands completely that "South of Nyack" usually just means elitist, leftist, unpatriotic, narcissitic and, in general, clueless about the world and its dangers. Thank you Mr. Pasco, for showing that many citizens are far more afraid of supporting the constitution than they are of losing it. A real shame, but when you can do nothing more than look at yourself in the mirror, one can never learn what it is to respect and appreciate the neighbors you have.
Tom Botheuser January 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Yamamoto's plane went down in the jungle, not into the sea... His body was recovered by the japanese and sent home for a state burial...
Tom Botheuser January 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM
When you take a look at the statistics from the countries where gun ownership is controlled the rate of gun related homicides is much lower than the US. We have too many guns in our country and there must be background checks and a ban on assault weapons Take another look at the crime statistics for Australia since their gun grab a few years ago... What is an assault weapon??? Most of the hunting rifles being manufactured today by hundreds of companies around the world are based on the German model 98 Mauser... Hitler's favorite gun during WWl and the Number 1 battle rifle for the nazi's going into WWll... The Remington 7600 is a semi automatic sporting rifle based on John Brownings full automatic BAR used heavily by us during WWll... The Bushmaster and others based on the M16/AR15 are a natural progression for the sportsman and brings a lot of good things to the table for the hunter/ competitive shooter...
Michael N. Hull January 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Thanks, Tom, Correction noted!
Tom Botheuser January 28, 2013 at 01:16 AM
You have spent too much time listening to the wrong people... The home defense gun shoots the wrong person fewer times than a policemans gun... Imagine that

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