Press release; photo by: Renee Zeno
New York 147th District Assemblyman David DiPietro and Brian Krawczyk, of Wethersfield, have a proven track record of educating the public on gun issues and defending the Second Amendment. Earlier this month, the New York Shooters Committee On Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.) honored the two men at its annual banquet in Hamburg.
DiPietro was presented with the Sandra Lee Wirth Memorial Legislator of the Year award for his tireless efforts to protect Second Amendment rights in Albany.
“The first vote I had to make in Albany was in opposition to the S.A.F.E. Act,” DiPietro said, “And every year since, I have sponsored a bill to repeal the S.A.F.E. Act.”
Last year the assemblyman was honored by S.C.O.P.E. with their Thomas Paine Award for Excellence in Defense of the Second Amendment. DiPietro has put a lot of effort into educating his constituency through numerous town-hall-style meetings throughout the 147th District.
“I don’t usually get involved, but since David was so serious about sticking up for our gun rights, I had to help,” said Bill Walters, a gun rights activist from Strykersville.
Walters helped organize many of the informational sessions for DiPietro’s constituents.
Krawczyk was presented with S.C.O.P.E.’s Thomas Paine Award for Excellence in Defense of the Second Amendment. Revolutionary War re-enactor Tommy Thompson presented the award after quoting Thomas Paine: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
When accepting the award, Krawczyk felt obliged to finish the Paine quote by saying: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Krawczyk, a member of the Wyoming County S.C.O.P.E. chapter, is very active in gun safety education in Wyoming County. He teaches the Wyoming County mandated Pistol Permit Class, is an NRA Laser Pistol class instructor, and is president of the Wyoming County Wildlife Federation. His efforts have educated many on the mechanics of responsible gun ownership, outdoor sportsmanship, and fair play. After the S.A.F.E. Act was enacted, Krawczyk produced a presentation that was circulated throughout the state. He is also very proactive in educating youth in outdoor sporting skills like hunting, trapping and fishing.
“If it wasn’t for volunteers like Brian Krawczyk, there wouldn’t be a Wyoming County chapter,” said Mark Yount, president of the Wyoming County S.C.O.P.E. chapter.