Cornell slammed for donating to BLM gun control

It’s hardly a secret that most college campuses are hotbeds of leftist indoctrination. One student at Cornell is unafraid to call it out:

“Last week, the Student Activities Funding Commission, without precedent or any forewarning to students, unilaterally decided to donate $10,000 to the ongoing Cornell Students for Black Lives fundraiser. This would be an unprecedented sum for any registered student organization, especially one less than a month old … Despite not even being a registered student organization, they have received $2,500 more than the highest tier student organization receives in an entire semester … Even more questionable, the SAFC, entirely funded by students’ activity fees, used your money to do it. The SAFC ought to answer for this unprecedented use of student funds. Cornell Students for Black Lives stated two weeks ago that the money raised will be evenly divided among five political activist organizations: Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Communities United for Police Reform, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Southside Community Center and Tompkins County Showing Up for Racial Justice … this does not give the SAFC license to support organizations with overtly political objectives. These organizations speak for a variety of radical objectives well beyond the scope of racial justice, and the SAFC has made the dubious decision to endorse their actions with students’ funds. For example, … The national chapter of BLM has launched the #WhatMatters2020 campaign meant to advocate for policies beyond just racial justice, including gun control … Whether one agrees with these positions or not is irrelevant — they are controversial political issues that the SAFC has no place supporting with student funds. It would be just as inappropriate to donate to the NRA, the Federalist Society or any other conservative group. These are all controversial political issues that the SAFC has no place funding, let alone with your money …”

Good for this guy having the guts to call out such bullshit. More people, especially students on campus, need to stand up against it.

H/T: Campus Reform.

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Gun control organizations launch voter rights campaign

CNN reports:

“The gun-violence prevention organizations March For Our Lives, Brady and Team Enough launched a joint campaign on Wednesday focused on voting rights in an effort to highlight the link between gun violence prevention and democracy. The groups are releasing a report, “Accessing Democracy: A Gun Violence Issue,” that focuses on four categories: voting by mail and absentee voting, voter registration, early voting, and restoration of voting rights … The tool kits will highlight information voters may want ahead of Election Day. Each kit includes polling location and voter registration information, vote-by-mail and absentee voting laws and early voting options, as well as the status of voting rights for citizens with misdemeanor or felony records. The kits also provide “action plans” for the states. For example, the Arizona tool kit instructs how to contact Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, including directing voters to a landing page that uses the platform FastAction to directly connect citizens to their representatives. There, they can send messages to officials asking for the government to “expand equitable access to voting” and requesting actions including mailing ballots to eligible voters, extending in-person early voting, repealing voter ID laws and supplying personal protective equipment to poll workers …”

At first inspection, this looks more like a general effort by leftist front groups to encourage people to vote.  Gun control groups have never been able to generate their own voting block around their issue.  Their campaign may have some success, indirectly impacting gun control efforts, but I still don’t see their issues as having gotten more popular with the public.

Nevertheless, this is something NRA and other gun groups ought to be doing at both the federal and state level as 2A does have a voting constituency.

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Observations from the field

In the wake of the increased violence in cities across the state, are any of the Republicans in Albany calling for reform of state gun control laws, or at least highlighting the failure of Gov. Cuomo’s so-called SAFE Act?

No.

This is not an oversight.

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Newsbits

Monday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Guns:

Jurisprudence:

NRA:

Politics:

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Ola with AR-15

Ola Hawatmeh holds a slight lead over the party’s chosen nominee Kyle Van De Water in last week’s Republican primary.

Here is a picture she posted yesterday:

Ola for Congress

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Bad assumption

Gun sales have surged among new buyers the past few months leading some to speculate this will translate into positive action at election time:

“… Look at all of the new people who suddenly decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change, and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights …”

“… Several of the country’s leading gun-rights groups are working to convert many more first-time owners into new gun-rights voters in the run-up to the 2020 election. Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, said that the group’s success could change the political landscape at the local, state, and national level. “The NRA believes voters who recently purchased guns for self-defense will join other Second Amendment voters and be an even more formidable voting bloc,” Hunter told the Washington Free Beacon. “They’re educated, passionate, and they know anti-gun politicians are the biggest threat to their fundamental right to self-defense …”

Both of these are fundamentally wrong.

Simply buying a gun does not automatically turn a person into a 2A activist voter. That requires work by a special interest group able to appeal to that new gun owner. NRA in particular does not do that very well having developed an increasing reputation over the years as being a Republican/Conservative organization as opposed to a single issue, non-partisan group.  That is the main reason why they have no clout in states like New York and Massachusetts that have Democrat voter majorities.

If gun groups want to gain political advantage from these new gun owners they must recognize that a good portion of them are not conservatives and will not vote for Republicans regardless of the candidate’s position on 2A.

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Antigun agenda creep

It’s well established that the major gun control organizations are little more than astroturf paid for and run by professional activists and politicians. Lately they appear to be expanding their mission beyond gun control into such areas as Fuck Tha Police:

and statehood for Washington, D.C.:

I can understand why they’d want the later, it would give them a few more reliably antigun representatives. But jumping onto the radical bash the police bandwagon? Maybe they think they can raise money off the issue?

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Rob Astorino For New York State Senate

One of the few state races I’m excited about:

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Primary results

Following up to my post stating there are only limited opportunities to impact elections comes the results of yesterday’s primaries.  Big win/lose in Westchester Congressional and District Attorney races:

Assembly District 34
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael DenDekker – SUCCESS. DenDekker comes in 2nd in 4-way primary.

Assembly District 50
Vote AGAINST incumbent Joseph Lentol – FAILED.

Assembly District 51
Vote AGAINST incumbent Felix Ortiz – FAILED. Ortiz wins in 4-way primary with 38.7% of the vote.

Assembly District 108
Vote AGAINST incumbent John McDonald – FAILED.

Assembly District 138
Vote AGAINST incumbent Harry Bronson – FAILED.

Senate District 12
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael Gianaris – FAILED.

Senate District 38 – Open Seat
Vote AGAINST candidate Elijah Reichlin-Melnick – SUCCESS. Justin Sweet wins.

Congressional District 16
Vote AGAINST incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel – SUCCESS. Engel comes in 2nd in 5-way primary.

Congressional District 17

Go down the list in order:

SUCCESS. All candidates listed above lost.

Albany County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST incumbent David Soares – FAILED.

Westchester County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST challenger Mimi Rocah – FAILED.

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Haven’t forgotten about it

One of the provisions of the so-called SAFE Act is background checks for ammunition buyers.

This provision has never gone into effect because NICS cannot be used and a new system would have to be created from scratch. That has not happened because the records do not exist in a form which can easily be imported into a searchable database.

In case anyone thought our politicians would simply let the matter drop there’s this:

New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 16 attorneys general, is fighting to ensure states have the right to use various means to protect their residents from gun violence. In an amicus brief filed in support of the State of California in Rhode v. Becerra, Attorney General James and the coalition defend a California law that requires gun dealers to conduct background checks prior to all ammunition sales, and that also requires all ammunition sales to occur face-to-face, among other requirements. The coalition argues that states have the right to enact reasonable firearm restrictions that protect public safety and reduce the prevalence of gun violence in their states …”

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