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SCOPE: Shooters Committee on Political Education forms new Chapter in the North Country




A group of 2nd Amendment supporters from Franklin, Clinton and Essex Counties attended a SCOPE presentation at the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club on 8/23/13.  The presentation by SCOPE President Stephen Aldstadt included a history of the SCOPE organization and its mission.

After a brief discussion the group voted and elected a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer to begin the organization of the new “SCOPE North Country Committee” joining the 6000 other members spread out among 160 clubs in New York State.  The Committee can become a Charter group of SCOPE after one year.

The North Country Committee challenged with a large geographical layout will begin educating and organizing their portion of the 6 million gun owners in New York State.  Voter registration and political involvement for upcoming elections will be a priority.

SCOPE Mission Statement

The Shooter’s Committee on Political Education was founded in 1965 by a group of firearms owners in western New York. SCOPE is a civil rights organization focused on the protection and preservation of the right of firearms ownership as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The founding of SCOPE and its subsequent growth were in response to the attacks on the Second Amendment as being outmoded in modern times or not being applicable to the rights of individuals. In other words, firearms ownership, much less use, was no longer considered by some to be politically correct.

While SCOPE role is focused primarily on the political process, it is an issues oriented organization. It does not align itself with any political party nor does it endorse any candidates for elective office. Our function is to counter assaults on the right of firearms ownership. This entails providing legislators and executives with timely and accurate information to support sound decisions.

In a free society, it is inevitable that the needs of the public will come into conflict with the rights of the individual. The SCOPE legislative team reviews all proposed firearms legislation for its impact on the legitimate firearms owner, its economic cost to the state, and its potential for achieving its stated objective. In developing our position on a specific piece of legislation or regulatory proposal, SCOPE goes through an extensive review process. All proposals are examined in light of their relationship to legitimate state interests and their potential for achieving objectives substantially related to satisfying those interests.

SCOPE’s purpose is to maintain the right of individuals to own and use firearms for lawful purposes. The Supreme Court in its landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller clearly upheld this right. We do recognize that we live in a real world where individual rights may conflict and the state has a legitimate interest in resolving those conflicts. Any regulation by the state, however, must serve an important governmental objective and must be closely related to the achievement of that objective. SCOPE will oppose, with all its resources, any proposal that is not based on sound technical grounds or that infringes on the rights of firearms owners for the purpose of promoting a political philosophy, advancing a social theory, or as an emotional response and is not based on clear Constitutional grounds.



Republicans Have Golden Opportunity Thanks to SAFE Act

Carl Paladino Esq.

              Carl Paladino Esq.


By Carl Paladino

Many years ago William Ernest Henley, in the poem Invictus, wrote that we are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls.

Republicans must heed that wisdom today.

The Cuomo SAFE Act “infringement” “big mistake” has given Republicans an opportunity to capture and use the wave of outrage it has evoked to end the Albany establishment’s predatory era of fiscal irresponsibility, economic decay, malaise and dysfunction.

Loyal Republican legislators have risked their political careers to promote honesty in government and protect our constitutional rights.

Nevertheless, to maintain what’s left of the family fabric, foster a growth economy and give citizens hope for the future, the Republican Party must restructure now. The rank and file (Real Republicans) needs leaders to disengage those who are Republicans In Name Only (RINO), old guard, and redefine the party’s values to engage the party as a viable participant in the 2014 statewide and legislative elections.

If not, Republicans will lose those races and, if that is the future, the Conservative Party should move up to line two on the ballot and become the opposition.

Real Republicans, disillusioned and unable to identify with their party, believe their votes are meaningless. Many no longer vote nor do they encourage the registration of their families and friends. They can’t define what it means to be a Republican or for what the party stands for when Republican legislative leaders give Democrats the votes to pass their entire liberal agenda.

Ed Cox, state Republican chairman, with little or no help from Republican legislative or county leaders, is all alone advocating Republican values and the removal of Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. In a showing of little respect, only five state legislators and five county chairmen bothered to attend the State Committee’s annual dinner this year.

RINO legislators publicly promote a defensive, conciliatory posture against the ruling liberal movement, cloaking their complicity in Albany’s corrupt feeding frenzy and protecting the status quo, saying it is what it is and they can’t change it.

RINO legislative leaders like Dean Skelos, Tom Libous and George Maziarz, the Senate Republican leadership, and Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb represent everything that is wrong in Albany.

They fail in their primary responsibility to lead an opposition. On their watch, the Republican-controlled State Senate has disappeared.

In 2011-12, Skelos had one of the three votes it took to do anything in Albany.  Instead of using that power to effectively advance Republican values, his hallmark was appeasement, saying he had no cards to play and if he didn’t follow Cuomo’s lead, Republicans would lose the Senate.

He not only lost the Senate majority but did nothing to build the party or promote a platform. He gave Cuomo every opportunity to declare himself the “most progressive governor “in the most progressive state” in America.

Skelos, Libous and Maziarz kept deniability and voted against the gay marriage bill but promised payoffs to four Republican senators. They let Cuomo tell the public he solved a non-existent, $10 billion budget deficit; pass pension reform, which reformed nothing (he could have converted exempt, non-union state employee pensions to defined contribution); have a $2.5 billion tax increase which they called tax reform; and pass the SAFE Act, which Cuomo now says he didn’t read because it was drafted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s people. Skelos could have required a referendum but instead allowed a Message of Necessity (on Cuomo’s farcical plea for urgency), denying legislators and the public an opportunity to read and comment on the bill.

If Skelos had provided a real opposition government in 2011 and advanced real Republican values using his senate trump card as Warren Anderson and Joe Bruno did so effectively, vital issues would have been aired, the upstate economy would have a pulse, Republicans would have increased their majority in 2012, and Jeff Klein and Company, the Democratic group that aligned with Republicans in the Senate would be irrelevant.

Upstate RINO senators who voted against the SAFE Act only did what they were supposed to do.  If they had courage, they would have denied Skelos another term. As it is, they take turns at who takes the heat and who walks on the issue of the day, happy so long as their lobbyists and lawyers get retainers.

It’s called the Albany 2 Step.

Why do we need RINOs if they vote like Democrats anyway?

In-Name-Only GOP Chairs Must be Replaced

Sen. Jack Martins promised loyalty to Conservative Society for Action members who secured his election, but later changed his tune when Skelos promised him money from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee to get re-elected.

When their ranks thin to the point that they become inconsequential and the money is gone, the parasitic RINOs will drift off, leaving a decimated Republican Party and New York as a one-party state. We allowed them to become who they are and unfortunately they define our party today.

Eight of nine Republican senators from Long Island actually followed Skelos over the cliff to vote for the SAFE Act.

RINO County Chairs like Jay LaValle (the self- absorbed Suffolk County opportunist), Vince Reda (the Rockland County shoplifter), Bill DeProspo (Orange County’s Pistol-cam man,) Jay Saville (the indicted Bronx County Chair who doesn’t even live there), Gordon Brown (Wyoming County’s windmill boy), and Joseph Mondello (Dean Skelos’ muscle) must also be replaced.

At the behest of the treacherous lobbyist Al D’Amato, tied at the hip to Kirsten Gillibrand, the RINOs at last year’s convention not only denied Wendy Long a second vote opportunity to win the party’s endorsement forcing a primary, but, after she won the primary handily, they abandoned her in her effort to show America that New York also has competent people to represent them in the U. S. Senate. They will do it again if we allow them.

Real Republicans expect responsible leadership, vetting and endorsing based on merit, track record, character and ability. Career legislators, clueless of the responsibility of public service and seeking only job preservation, mail fluffy, political newsletters bragging about the few breadcrumbs that their leaders let them take home to pacify the masses. They tell us that Sheldon Silver will retaliate if they get out of line, which only defines their lack of spine and inability to command respect. With benchmarks and performance reviews, county committees must cut the charlatans loose and/or primary them. Janet Duprey is a Republican who consistently votes and acts like a Democrat, but gets endorsed.

GOP Assemblyman Kolb in Silvers Pocket

To amend a bill, Brian Kolb requires the unanimous consent of his 43 member caucus. How further up Silver’s skirt can he get? He never uses his bully pulpit to advance or advocate a Republican agenda, or for that matter, any opposition. He tried to keep the Republican Assembly in a committee meeting while the Second Amendment rally, the largest in Albany’s history, was taking place outside. When Silver was on the ropes for misuse of public funds and there were calls for his resignation, Kolb instructed his caucus to say nothing bad about Silver and, if asked by the press, just say that you didn’t vote for him.

Kolb is complicit with Silver because Kolb made a personal mistake and is too ashamed to own up to it. His caucus knows he is conflicted. Last year he let Silver redistrict to destroy the RINO Assemblyman Dan Burling who had dared to make an advance to Silver’s girlfriend. In return, Silver signed off for Kolb to redistrict Claudia Tenney, who was too Republican for Kolb who financed her opposition. Unfortunately for them, Burling was replaced by a Real Republican (David DiPietro) and Tenney won handily. Kolb is still the minority leader because most Assembly Republicans are weak and pathetic losers.

Kolb and Skelos don’t respect public service, seek no legacy and feel no sense of responsibility to the Real Republicans who elect them. They refuse to create a cohesive and viable plan to rebuild and restore the party’s identity and values and they do not advocate for legislation to upset the status quo and be competitive in 2014.

With No GOP Opposition, Albany Culture Breeds Crooks

Without Republican opposition, Albany’s carefree culture breeds criminality in the likes of Democrats Sheldon Silver, Pedro Espada, John Sampson, Karl Kreuger, Vito Lopez, Malcolm Smith, Eric Stevenson and Nelson Castro.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “How many more pending bills were born of bribery and worse how many past bills were born of bribery?” and “Political corruption in New York is indeed rampant and the show me the money culture in Albany is alive and well. . .When it is more likely for a New York State legislator to be arrested. . .than to be defeated at the polls, they (the people) should be angry.”

Eric Stevenson even boasted “lots of other Albany politicians are on the take.”

Legislators are not public servants but rather politicians who have little or nothing to say about what happens in Albany. They are too intimidated to speak up or demand transparency; don’t tell the secret back stories and games that Silver and Skelos play; nor do they connect the dots for the public to raise awareness and demand that prosecutors prosecute the likes of Silver for using a taxpayer slush fund to pay to cover up sex abuse by a member of his Assembly caucus.

A good public servant would put his or her political career on the line every day to do the right thing. Our legislators allow Messages of Necessity and don’t read bills that they vote on, nor would many of them comprehend what they are reading anyway. They just do what the “three men in a room” tell them to do and we keep electing them to give us more of nothing.

At least Cuomo and Silver wear their stripes on their sleeves. We know the slithery methods, spin, illusion and theater they use to deny transparency and access to further the Albany establishment’s ability to eat at the public trough. They do it because their accepting, uninformed and complacent legislators allow it.

The days when certain vital issues would rise above politics are gone.

Silver wrote the book on Albany’s bribery, extortion and misuse of taxpayer funds. He uses spin effectively, like his proposal to invite illegal immigrants to New York to let our taxpayers pay for their education.

Fracking Held Hostage by Cuomo

Other states found ways to regulate and safely allow fracking which would energize the deplorable economy of upstate New York and reverse the loss of residents and businesses. Without viable legislative argument, this critical economic issue is actually being held hostage solely by the vanity, arrogance, fantasy and ego of an out-of-control tyrant who wants to get re-elected in 2014 and be president in 2016. Nine million people in upstate New York are made to accept and suffer economic paralyses at the whim of one man.

It’s as much about what our legislators don’t do as it is about what they do badly. They avoid vital issues. They will act out huge concern for a particular issue but then give us the same lame excuse that Silver or Skelos (taking turns being the bad guy) won’t let the bill go because it needs more work (meaning they were paid handsomely by lobbyists to hold it up.)

The press, conditioned to the Albany 2 Step is dumbed down, immature and terribly inexperienced in their assignment, incapable of exposing the Albany 2 Step or effectively exciting the public to revolt against the status quo. They were educated and conditioned by liberals to think that the status quo is what government in New York is supposed to look like. When they catch officeholders lying, stealing and cheating, it’s a one-day story. They go right back and publish the next scheming press release of the perpetrator as fact. They believe that this is as good as it gets and that the only source of news is what the tyrants publish to them. Liberal and lazy publishers and editors enjoy the status quo which allows them access. If a reporter says something negative about Cuomo or Silver, who loath criticism and transparency, he or she will be punished. For the press corp that covers Albany, access is more important than truth.

Without opposition or transparency, Cuomo operates with absolute impunity, dictating, taxing, regulating and smothering the everyday lives and futures of New Yorkers and their descendants. The public feels defeated and powerless. The only option, for those who can, is to flee to a freer society. It shouldn’t be that way.  Government should be of, by and for the people.  Strong and benevolent private sector leadership could have prevented the hijacking of state government over the years.

Tax and Spend Budget Passes With No Transparency

This year’s New York State tax and spend budget was deliberated with absolutely no transparency, public input or discussion. When it did pass, the press couldn’t tell anyone what was in it but instead told us that we should be very proud that it was on time. That’s all we heard for a week. The budget was on time. Wonderful!

Last year, at the end of the legislative session, Cuomo, Silver and Skelos just proclaimed that everything there was to do was done and they went home. This year, they gave us a distraction to get the legislature to the end of the session without addressing vital issues. They advanced a “red herring” bill to try to restore Skelos’ credibility, proposing to sanction late term and partial birth abortions (sticking an ice pick in the skull of a late term baby.) It was all playacting, theater and spin.

Proposing highly charged, against the grain, legislation diverts attention from the issues vital to New Yorkers. Tort, malpractice, and scaffold law reform would save New Yorkers billions in insurance premiums. Rescission of the Wick’s Law would allow taxpayers to stop suffering 50% premiums over private sector costs for construction. Stopping the treatment of public employees as “special” citizens by making the Taylor Law and Triborough Amendment applicable to only public safety employees would save billions. Making pensions for exempt public employees a “defined contribution” rather than “defined benefit” would permit dramatic tax cuts.

Senate and Assembly campaign finance accounts receive massive funding from the 4,000 plus registered lobbyists like D’Amato and Pat Lynch to ensure that certain vital issues never reach the floor for a vote. The money in turn protects the incumbency of legislators who dance the Albany 2 step.

Albany skates on corruption because political and lazy federal and state prosecutors in Albany look the other way and are not disposed to prosecute. Preet Bharara is the exception– relentlessly pursuing the self-absorbed, greed-driven political power brokers who have hijacked New York State government.

With the SAFE Act, Cuomo exposed Albany’s underbelly, awoke the masses and ended his political career. He tried to use the emotional trauma of the Connecticut tragedy to advance his career and satisfy his insatiable appetite for power. Cuomo was always the most liberal governor in America fooling only the press and the uninformed who seek only free cell phones and ice cream.

It has never been about guns, infringement or the Second Amendment. It is about the power of one man, who now hears the thunder of the grassroots electorate coming to take him down. The press is abandoning him and Silver has his own problems and can’t defend the flanks.  He will become more desperate and make more mistakes as time goes on.

In an attempt to spin away from his SAFE Act debacle and prepare for his re-election, Cuomo made two horrendous deals with the Indians that he tried to characterize as “wins” for the taxpayers when in fact they were giveaways of taxpayer monies.

A month after the Onieda’s threw a huge party to honor his father Mario, Cuomo settled with the Onieda’s. He had allowed them to operate their casino, raking in billions, for over 10 years after it had been declared illegal by the Court of Appeals.  He intimidated and threatened the legislatures of Onieda and Madison Counties to approve the deal. Then, contrary to the advice of his own attorneys, he gave the Senecas $200 million of taxpayer money to settle their illicit claims.

The “Producers,” paralyzed and unable to deal with the broken promises of the Albany establishment, upon which they stayed and built their dreams, demand honest leadership with committed values and an end of the political era of tyranny, hypocrisy, illusion and deception. They no longer want to apologize for downstate wealthy limousine liberal elitists who want the taxpayers to assuage their guilt by making New York State a welfare nightmare.

GOP Lacks Identity, Needs Complete Overhaul

The Republican Party at every level is in chaotic disarray without direction or identity. It will be incapable of effectively challenging the liberals until its values are first redefined and it is restructured as the party of all working taxpayers, including the trade unions, with real values, real families and real lives — people who want their children and future generations to have the opportunity to achieve and prosper in New York.

The reorganization of the Republican Party must begin now to prepare for the 2014 elections.

Legislative leadership must be replaced by Real Republicans and the Republican Convention in September must adopt a platform of practical and moderate 21st Century values along with necessary rule changes, including one giving the State Party Chairman the right to remove RINO county chairs.


SCOPE President: SAFE Act pushing gun owners toward greater political awareness


Since passage of the SAFE Act, membership in SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) has more than doubled, Steve Aldstadt, the group’s state president, told the Genesee County chapter last night.

There are now 5,400 members and new members continue to join at a record pace.

“Unfortunately it took something like the SAFE Act to get everybody aware and involved,” Aldstadt said.

With some four to five million gun owners in New York, he thinks there are enough votes among those who value the Second Amendment to sway any statewide election.

SCOPE is pursuing a multi-election strategy aimed at eventually getting the SAFE Act repealed.

This year, SCOPE is concentrating on county legislature elections with a goal of voting out some of the legislators across the state who voted against a resolution calling for the repeal of the SAFE Act.

“If we can get rid of a few of those legislators who supported the SAFE Act this year, it will make a definite impact on those state legislators who are going to be on the ballot next year in 2014,” Aldstadt said.

Working with the Freedom Coalition, SCOPE is helping to organized the Freedompalooza Concert in Altamont, which is Aug. 24.

That will act as a fundraiser for a massive voter registration drive of gun owners. SCOPE will work to identify gun owners who aren’t registered to vote and get them registered.

“We are not a minority in this state,” Aldstadt said. “We have enough people to effect any statewide election and win.”

Changing the name of the governor will take more than just more voters, Aldstadt acknowledged. The GOP also needs to find a good candidate to run against Andrew Cuomo.

“Cuomo can definitely be beat,” Aldstadt said. “He has so many negatives right now. It’s just a matter of the opposition coming up with a credible candidate.”

If the pieces fall into place, those politicians who supported the SAFE Act might be surprised at the results, Aldstadt said.

“I think when they passed this law, they thought people were going to get upset for a little bit, maybe have a protest or two, and then it would all go away,” he said. “Well, it’s not going away.”

For more information about SCOPE, visit the Genesee County chapter’s Web site.

SUCCESS! 2nd Amendment Rally Plattsburgh, New York


L-R Melody Burns, Sheriff David Favro, Karen Bisso

L-R Melody Burns, Sheriff David Favro, Karen Bisso

August 9, 2013

Plattsburgh’s first Pro 2nd Amendment Rally was a success with attendance estimates approaching 500.  The huge parking lot on the old Air Force Military Base Oval was overflowing.

Speakers included Arizona Sheriff Mack, Albany Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin , Former NY gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, Clinton County Sheriff  David Favro, Karen Bisso and others. Albany Conservative Radio host Melody Burns pumped up the crowd serving as emcee.

The weather threatened the successful event all day right up to the event start but cleared up as the rally went on. Obviously, participation would have been greater if not for the weather, overall not bad for a first time event.

One observation is that we are blessed with many talented and motivated speakers throughout New York State, that is particularly so right here in the north country.  Future event planners need not look too far for speakers, New York Patriots can take care of themselves.  One local firecracker up on the podium was our own Karen Bisso who had the crowd rocking!

Assemblyman McLaughlin announced his aspiration to run for NY Governor while working the stage with Carl Paladino standing nearby, who knows, Plattsburgh could be the process catalyst for our new governor!

Press Republican Coverage:

Which is greater in the state of New York, voters in the 2010 election or registered gun owners?

SCOPE Chapter Continues Fight

County Group To Meet Third Tuesday Of Month

Which is greater in the state of New York, voters in the 2010 election or registered gun owners?

According to Sid Compton, there are a million more registered gun owners than the number of people who voted for or against Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he won the election in 2010. (cont.)

Read On: SCOPE Chapter Continues Fight


2ND Amendment Rally

Former Plattsburgh AFB Oval

Friday, August 9th

5:30-7:30 PM

Featured Speakers: Arizona Sheriff Mack, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Clinton County Sheriff Favro, Constitutional Advocate Robert Schulz, Karen Bisso, Radio Host Melody Burns Emcee & more!

A Family Event with Food, Music & Raffles sign

Google Map Link To Plattsburgh OVAL: