Jenne should consider revision to SAFE Act

It seems there is a new headline daily telling of dire consequences of some action of President Donald Trump.

Sometimes it’s merely reversing an executive action enacted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office. Protests and hate speech against President Trump unprecedented in modern times are a daily occurrence.

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

These words were spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. The tribulations facing anti-Trump protesters are nothing compared to what Rev. King faced in 1963.

Many who celebrate diversity in ethnicity and lifestyle are the least tolerant to diversity in thought or personal values and will be the first to attack a person with a different opinion or claim to be offended rather than consider the merits of that opinion. Evidence of this will likely be found on the Watertown Daily Times website in response to this letter.

These hate-filled attacks have carried over to elected officials, discouraging them from holding open forums. Assemblywoman Addie Jenne and her opponents spoke to Shooters Committee on Political Education members during the campaign last year.

She was treated respectfully and thanked for her participation, even though her vote for the SAFE Act was seen by many gun owners as impugning their character. Assemblywoman Jenne has been asked to support Assembly Bill A06140, which would limit application of the SAFE Act to New York City. Ms. Jenne has shown acceptance to consider regional differences by co-sponsoring bills concerning zone pricing of fuel and tax credits for upstate reinvestment zones, even for providing free feminine hygiene products to some rural schools.

The assemblywoman has yet to respond to requests for her support of this bill despite having much more time to consider it than the SAFE Act. An indication of her intention would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Bell

Cape Vincent

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