Apr 24, 2017 State Legislation
The Legislative Gazette printed my response to Senator Squadron’s nonsense bill:
I would like to comment on the April 18 article about Senator Squadron’s bill prohibiting gun ownership for those who commit so-called hate crimes. According to the article: “Squadron says New York has a duty to take actions that reject acts of …discrimination in any form because they violate the nation’s core values.”
This is laughable. New York’s Sullivan Act governing pistol licensing was specifically written to discriminate against Italian and Sicilian immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. A quick call to the Legislative Library would get him a copy of the original bill and supporting documentation while half a minute of Internet searching would bring up even more including the history of its sponsor, Tammany Hall thug “Big Tim” Sullivan.
If Senator Squadron had a genuine interest in ending discrimination he would introduce legislation to abolish the Sullivan Act and bring New York in line with the 42 other states that have right-to-carry concealed firearms laws.
Here’s a picture of Squadron hanging out with MDA astroturf:
Apr 24, 2017 Elections, Moonbattery, Politics
According to CBS, Michael Bloomberg has spent $135 million dollars so far battling the NRA.
He hasn’t gotten much to show for it.
Apr 24, 2017 Federal Legislation
Congressman Lee Zeldin continues to stand up for gun rights at town hall meetings:
“… Mr. Zeldin said he stands by his co-sponsorship of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow gun owners with a concealed carry permit to cross state lines with their weapons. “I would hope it would be passed and signed into law,” he said …”
Apr 22, 2017 Jurisprudence
Some more rumormongering about another SCOTUS justice retiring:
“During a visit to Muscatine Tuesday morning, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he expects a Supreme Court Justice resignation within the year. “I would expect a resignation this summer,” he said …”
Ted Cruz said the same thing back in February:
“Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told “Special Report with Bret Baier” Thursday that “I think the odds are very good” that a second seat on the Supreme Court will fall vacant this year. “If not this summer, next summer,” Cruz told Bret Baier. “You know, judges don’t like it when people kind of nudge them out, so they’ll go when they decide to go.” …”
Please, please, please let it be Ginsberg who goes. She’s 84 and looks like half-past death now.
Here is an old list of possible Trump appointments the President could pick from if there is an vacancy on the court. Thomas Hardiman from the 3rd District has a great record on gun rights:
“… Hardiman established an expansive view of the right to own and carry firearms under the Second Amendment in his opinion disagreeing with a New Jersey law that required people applying for concealed weapons permits to show a “justifiable need” to be armed in public. Although Hardiman was alone among three judges in his opposition to the law, he wrote that it was unconstitutional because the need for self defense exists both inside and outside the home. Hardiman also authored an opinion in support of restoring the rights to possess weapons of two men convicted of non-violent misdemeanors. He was in the majority, finding that the Second Amendment barred gun ownership only for people convicted of violent crimes. But Hardiman went further than his colleagues in the majority, writing a concurring opinion that even violent felons could regain Second Amendment rights if their crimes were far in the past and the ex-offender had lived a law-abiding life since his arrest …”
The carry case was Drake v. Jerejian which SCOTUS declined to hear. The other one was Binderup v. Attorney General.
Apr 20, 2017 Elections 2017, State Legislation
While making his pitch to be the Democrat nominee for Nassau County Executive, Assemblyman Charles Lavine brought up his record:
“… “I have no doubt I am the only person running for county executive who’s ever fought for and passed real legislation, progressive legislation,” Lavine said recently while citing his support for the Marriage Equality Act and gun safety laws. “Of all the people running for this office, I am the only one with true progressive credentials.” …”
The CE job is administrative/managerial, not legislative. Neither of these two items have anything remotely to do with overseeing county government.
Apr 19, 2017 Elections 2012, Elections 2017, Politics
The Nassau Democrats fight for County Executive is becoming more entertaining:
“Nassau County’s Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs on Monday issued his strongest repudiation yet of George Maragos’ campaign for county executive, continuing his feud with one of his party’s newest members. In a nearly 1,000-word email sent to party members and reporters, Jacobs called Maragos, the sitting county comptroller, “manipulative” and “duplicitous,” … Jacobs also charged that Maragos “morphed opportunistically” into a Democrat when he left the Republican Party in September and has not actually changed his conservative positions on issues such as abortion rights, same-sex marriage and climate change … Jacobs and Maragos, a Great Neck resident, have exchanged harsh words since Jacobs and the Democratic Committee backed county Legislator Laura Curran for county executive. State Assemblyman Charles Lavine is also seeking the nomination …”
As previously discussed, both Curran and Lavine stink on gun rights.
I did find an old policy statement from 2012 when Maragos ran for Senate:
“I support the Second Amendment that allows citizens in good standing to keep and bear arms. I support safe and responsible gun ownership and smart programs to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
It is entirely possible Maragos has since changed his position. Even so, he still would not be as detestable as the other two so gun owners should support him through the primary.
Apr 19, 2017 Moonbattery, State Legislation
The Legislative Gazette reports:
“… Senator Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn, introduced an amendment that would categorize hate crimes as serious offenses in relation to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act … Specifically, the bill (S.5569) would amend section 265.00 of the state Penal Law by adding hate crimes to the list of “serious offenses” that can prohibit someone from possessing firearms … Squadron says New York has a duty to take actions that reject acts of bigotry, hatred, misogyny, homo-phobia, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and discrimination in any form because they violate the nation’s core values. Allowing those who commit and are convicted of hate crimes to possess guns only gives them a fatal tool to spread their hate.” …”
I’m confidant that Squadron never bothered to actually research the origins of New York’s gun laws, particularly the Sullivan Act, which was specifically designed to discriminate against Italian immigrants. A call to the Legislative Library, 518-455-4000, would get him a copy of the bill and supporting documents, while a quick internet search would bring up even more.
Apr 17, 2017 Federal Legislation, Moonbattery
Some PSH from the Daily News on reciprocity:
“Look around, look around, New York City, at how lucky we are to be alive right now: Over nearly three decades, Gotham has led the country in protecting ever more of its people from the ravages of violence — particularly violence at the barrel of a gun. From the peak of the crack-fueled murder epidemic in 1990, murders here have plunged by 84% and shootings by 81%, driven in no small part by the NYPD’s vigorous enforcement of some of the strongest gun laws in the nation …”
Except New York’s gun laws weren’t designed as a public safety measure.
“… Now, a very real threat to that living legacy winds its way through the halls of Congress down in Washington …”
“Big Tim” Sullivan must be laughing in his grave over this.
“… The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act — a National Rifle Association dream — would be a nightmare for cops looking to keep New Yorkers, and themselves, safe on city streets …”
It’s a nightmare only in so far as it disproves the long held liberal/progressive belief that more guns = more crime.
“… In a country where 55 million people, spread across states as diverse as the very landscape, own guns, reciprocity would force our densely populated city to accept lowest-common-denominator rules from places where anyone who can move a trigger finger can legally wield a firearm …”
What exactly does population density have to do with where and when people can legally carry a firearm?
“… Eleven states allow residents to carry firearms without any permit whatsoever — meaning, without so much as a background check …”
Given that constitutional carry is a recent change, what does this say about the effectiveness of gun control laws as a crime deterrent?
“… Florida has issued permits to 1,400 felons, 216 people with outstanding warrants, 128 with domestic violence injunctions against them, and a half-dozen registered sex offenders …”
Convicted felons cannot legally possess firearms. Period.
If this is an issue in Florida, is there any serious effort to change the laws there? No.
“… No one could legally stop a Floridian from flying or driving here, gun in tow …”
What is stopping them now? The law? There’s no magic barrier surrounding the City.
“… It’s not that we envision hordes of violent tourists terrorizing innocent New Yorkers …”
So the problem is what?
“… It’s that residents of New York could easily take a short trip, get armed and come back — instantly undermining every gun law we have …”
Aha! Locals are the problem. Floridians with guns are ok, but native New Yorkers? Fuggedaboutit.
“… Officers of the NYPD are charged with enforcing the statutes of the city and state. Under that framework, they must make split-second judgment calls about what to do when they see, for instance, a bulge in a jacket or in a pant leg. In a world of concealed carry reciprocity, a thick fog will set in: They will have no way of knowing whether the people they encounter might be legally carrying. Which will add an untold dimension of danger to every interaction …”
Police in other municipalities already deal with this yet they do not appear to have any issues. Do the DPD have special cognitive powers others do not, or are the NYPD just a bunch of idiots?
“… And since there is no national gun permit database, if this legislation — which President Trump has promised to sign — becomes law, the NYPD would be powerless to determine promptly whether a given gun permit is legit …”
Suspects are to be presumed innocent and individuals cannot be stopped without just cause. Merely being suspected of carrying a concealed firearm should not give cause for anyone to be stopped by police.
“… Imagine: Ever more armed New Yorkers able to assert that they’re allowed to carry, and cops with no way of knowing otherwise …”
Imagine New Yorkers being able to legally do what the overwhelming majority of people living outside the beltway already do.
“… The danger is clear and present. And the hypocrisy from a Republican Party that 10 minutes ago claimed to revere states’ rights is enough to choke on. If you don’t get shot first.”
This is why the Daily News’ circulation is way down.