Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate

Oct 23, 2014

Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

Joseph Mesler came out with the Second Amendment Coalition of Western New York to remind Governor that the second amendment is the only one that ends with “shall not be infringed.” 

Protestors outside WBFO-WNED studios ahead of the gubernatorial debates.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Mesler says New Yorkers’ rights were already violated before the SAFE Act was passed, and he foresees an expansion of infringement if the governor is re-elected…

 “They’re going to put back on the table again things like confiscation.  They’re already starting to fund micro-stamping – which is putting serial numbers on ammunition.  Those are the kinds of things – do you think that people are going to send ammunition to New York for legal gun owners to buy at the same cost as now?  These are all things that are leading up to confiscation and trying to just get rid of firearms altogether.”  --Joseph Mesler, President of Second Amendment Coalition of WNY

Mesler says he believes firearms are the people’s right, and not things that the government has the authority to take away. 

Protestors stay after dark to spread their messages to the gubernatorial candidates.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

He says he and his organization support Republican Candidate Rob Astorino, because he opposes Governor Cuomo on Second Amendment liberties.