The following is a letter that was sent by William Kone a 1st Sergeant currently serving in the US Army Reserves. 1st Sergeant Kone is a good friend of the TSP community and a member of the team putting together our disaster response team, which will help fellow citizens in time of disaster. When I received his letter I was proud to have him as a friend. Please share this letter with friends and family and if you know anyone in the media pass it along to them as well.
I have said for years that freedom of movement among the member states is one of the most important components of a free republic. We can vote in many ways in such a republic. We vote with our dollars by dealing with companies who support our values. We vote in the ballot box to elect our leaders. However, in a multi-state republic, like the United States of America, the most powerful vote we can often cast is with our feet. 1st Sergeant Kone’s letter is a perfect example of just that.
An Open letter to the Citizens of New York and its government;
I am William V Kone, the seventh generation to be born in Tompkins County New York. Because of Military Service, I have not lived in New York for over half my life. In that time I kept my residency in New York because I always planed on returning when I retired. I have now given up that hope and my residency.
It only seems fair to give the reason for this decision to sever ties with a State that my family has been an active part of since 1794. The final act by the government of New York that has caused this is the recent passing of yet another anti-firearm law. That is the last straw.
For years I let NYS tax my income, paid the high fees to register and inspect my cars, paid high property taxes, struggled though excessive regulations, and begged for permission to own a firearm even though it is a right listed in the Constitution I have sworn to protect and defend.
But no more. The recent oppressive law will not allow me to bring home my firearms, will make me a felon for a “violent” crime of having empty magazines (a “crime” that only exists in 5 other states), prohibit me from ever giving my firearms to my daughters, restrict my ability to protect my family, and make it a crime to have more than 7 bullets for my daughters to protect themselves with.
That was too much. On top of all the other issues, the high taxes on income, the high sales taxes, high property taxes, excessive rules on land use, restrictions on building homes, large number of fees and fines, high crime rates, the high cost of living, and low quality of roads and services this law and the new ones being proposed to take away all semi-auto rifles is too much.
Some of you are saying “good riddance, we don’t need your type here anyways”. I’m sorry you feel that way, New York is losing a stable family that is highly educated, hard working, has a history of public service. No more will I pay taxes to NYS, sales, income or any fees. I won’t be setting up a business after I retire in New York. My kids are not likely to go to college in NYS or get jobs here.
New York is losing a firefighter/Paramedic, Emergency Manager, and military vet in me, and an Industrial Engineer and Minister in my spouse. We won’t be building our dream home that generates property tax, we wont be earning income in New York to be taxed on, we won’t be paying the high cost of living that generates sales taxes.
We will be retiring to some place that respects our Constitutional listed rights, that does not treat us as sources of funding for others, that provides good service for the taxes they do collect, and is more responsive to the voters. (and able to budget with out massive debt servicing). We are looking at Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and New Hampshire.
We will still visit, just not as often, or need to as more of the family moves out of state. I would urge others to look at how the state treats you, and consider moving. If you do, write the Governor and state officials, let them know why and what the state is losing when you do.
To the Citizens of New York, We live in a Republic, we don’t have to stay where we are not wanted or are treated badly. Other states are excited to have firearm owners who will work hard and are good neighbors.
To the government of New York, repealing this recent bad law won’t get me to return. The state needs to make fundamental changes. It can’t keep treating working citizens as piggy banks to be taxed, fee’ed and fined at will to fund inefficient unneeded programs. It shouldn’t and can’t keep restricting the basic rights of the Citizens of New York. You don’t own us, we will leave.
William V Kone, BSc, NREMT-P, currently serving in US Military in a unit in Wheeling WV. Former tax payer and resident of the Town of Caroline, Tompkins county.
cc: Governor Cuomo; LT Gov. Duffy; Comptroller DiNapoli; AG Schneiderman; Sectary Perales; State Sen. Seward (51st); Assembly-Woman Lifton (125th); Mayor Myrick (City of Ithaca); Supervisor Barber (Town of Caroline)
1st Sgt Kone, I want to thank you personally for your continued service to our nation and for the courage to continue to serve the republic by taking a stand on this issue. To leave a state one’s family has resided in for over 120 years is a difficult thing to do. You have my thanks, my respect and my support.
There are times when men a pushed to far, states like New York, California and Illinois seem to be doing this at an alarming rate lately. My statement to those running such states is as follows. As you continue to tax and oppress your citizens all while not even being able to balance your own check books do not be surprised as your best citizens and most productive businesses exercise their ultimate vote as citizens of the republic.
Yes at some point they will grow tired of being ignored, watching their money wasted, watching you destroy the economy of their states and continuing to interfere in their lives. They will not however just grow weary and stop fighting, they will do much worse then that.
They will simply leave and leave you with the least productive members of your states. They will leave you with the ones who profit from the taxes paid by producers. They will leave you with those who are easily led. They will leave you with those citizens that will blindly accept your oppression. Eventually this will accelerate the path toward bankruptcy your states are already on.