Decades-long friends, Harold W. Budd Schroeder and G. Steven Pigeon
, stand on opposite sides of the states recently passed Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, but managed a more than an hour-long civil debate on the issue of gun control Thursday evening in Lackawanna.
Pigeon is a political consultant who formerly served as chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party and is supporter of the new state gun laws.
The two squared off during the 2013 Judge and Police Conferences installation dinner.
, who frequently referred to the types of weapons being regulated under the new state law and proposed federal law as killing machines, disagreed, arguing the Constitution, as a living, breathing document, was not meant to be looked at as a Bible verse.
It was a different time, Pigeon
said of the intent of the founding fathers when drafting the Second Amendment.
It was a time when automatic assault weapons with large capacity magazines, and movie theaters, didnt exist.
There werent people going into the one-room schoolhouse and shooting it up.
said while he
believes in the right to bear arms, it doesnt mean there arent any limitations on that right.
Not one person can amass the type of power Stalin and Hitler could amass because of the checks and balances built into our system, Pigeon
The system itself is designed to protect against tyranny.
acknowledged law-abiding gun owners like Schroeder are affected by the actions of a few.
But to allow unfettered access to semiautomatic assault weapons, he
said, enables them to be used with deadly consequences, such as at the Newtown, Conn. elementary school.