Aaron Weiss is a combat veteran of the war in Iraq, and he now serves the people of Dutchess County, New York as a police officer. In March, he rose to speak at a meeting of the county legislature as they considered a move to repeal NY’s SAFE Act. The SAFE Act is a gun control measure that was written and passed on the heels of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mr. Weiss argues passionately, first against the idea that the legislators who passed this gun control measure were “brave,” noting that they did it in secret and moved quickly to ram it through. He also reminded these legislatures that, at the most basic level, they are stripping the rights of people away from them — and there is nothing brave about that.
Mr. Weiss also reminds the legislators and the citizens in attendance at the meeting what the cost of preserving those rights has been. These are not rights won and kept by the bloodless debates of bureaucrats. These are rights won and kept by the men and women who fight to protect them–those who give their youth, their innocence, their health and their very lives on the battlefield–so that the rest of us can sit comfortably at home enjoying those rights in the manner we’ve come to expect.
This may well be the best defense of the 2nd Amendment given in recent days. Our elected officials could do a whole lot worse than to sit down with Mr. Weiss and ask him to tell them why our 2nd Amendment is so important. In fact, that is exactly what many of our politicians should do; maybe it would give them some much needed perspective on our God given rights.
Thank you, Mr. Weiss, for your service, your character, your courage and your willingness to stand up and fight for us once again.