Newsbits

Friday’s Newsbits:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is holding multiple events across New Hampshire today, including events on gun control and health care.

Elections:

Guns:

Jurisprudence:

NRA:

Politics:

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Democrat primary opportunities

The Intercept reports:

“A SPECTER IS haunting the House of Representatives: the specter of primaries. All the powers of the status quo have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter. Blacklists have been drawn up; arms have been locked … Democratic Reps. Dan Lipinski, Ill.; Eliot Engel, N.Y.; Henry Cuellar, Texas; Steny Hoyer, Md.; and Jerry Nadler, N.Y., are all facing primary challenges, and paranoia is being stoked inside the Democratic caucus. “The question that comes up all the time is, is there anybody internally assisting and abetting, encouraging people to run against incumbents?” Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from New Jersey, told Politico …”

This presents a golden opportunity for NRA and friends to exact revenge on politicians they could not otherwise touch in a general election, particularly Engel and Nadler.  Primary turnout is always low so it won’t take much to push these guys off the cliff.  Even if NRA is unsuccessful at removing them, they can run up the bill for their re-election campaigns.  If they have to spend a lot more money keeping their seats they may reconsider whether or not it is worth it to promote anti-gun/block pro-gun legislation.

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That explains it

The Washington Examiner reports, “Kirsten Gillibrand is what 0% in the 2020 polls looks like“:

“… It’s not a visibility problem. Seven in 10 Americans know who she is. They just don’t like her very much …”

Why is that?

“… In an interview with Yahoo Finance’s Rick Newman, Gillibrand — a 2020 presidential candidate— said evidence suggested the NRA is starting to lose bits of its political impact. She cited the survivors of 2018’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida —many of whom have become vocal in the debate for more gun control. “The young people of America are raising up,” the New York Democrat said …”

That explains it.

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Speaking of “ghost guns”

Two weeks ago the Clown Council discussed legislation pertaining to “ghost guns.”

Today there’s this:

Transportation Security Administration stopped a man with 3D-printed handgun part in his carry-on baggage at LaGuardia Airport, CBS New York reported. The traveler from Kansas was stopped at a security checkpoint with the weapon July 3. The item included the trigger and body of the gun …”

Not sure why someone would carry the parts in carry-on bags, unless that is all they had.

I don’t think it’s paranoid to say local media is looking for stories to support this legislation.

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Newsbits

Tuesday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Guns:

Jurisprudence:

Politics:

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The answer is No

I received a media request for comment on background checks recently. Turns out it was form a company selling background check software, Ident Solutions.  I don’t know if their FedCheck program is any good, but they published my remarks on their website:

“There is absolutely no evidence that more background checks would reduce “gun violence” as the vast majority of firearms used in crimes are not purchased legally to begin with. Advocates pushing for them know this and are not interested in solving problems. They coined the term “gun violence” to stigmatize guns and gun owners, implying that private firearm ownership in and of itself is responsible for society’s problems.”

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Tannerite bill A-4452/S-1456

In the end of session follies I missed this bill slipping through. The Post-Journal reports, “State Looks To Limit Sale, Use Of Tannerite“:

“Legislation passed by the state Assembly on the final day of the legislative session would make it illegal to buy tannerite in New York state without a certificate required to buy other explosives. Those in violation of the state law could face a class E felony charge or up to $2,500 in fines … No one under the age of 18 would be able to buy tannerite or be eligible to obtain the state-required certification to sell the substance. Anyone who wants to sell tannerite would have to apply to the state Labor Department for a certificate to sell it and pay a $50 fee. The certificate would be good for at least a year …”

The bill in question is A-4452/S-1456.

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Dutchess Democrats stand with hate group

Dutchess Co. Democrat candidates for County Executive Joe Ruggerio and District Attorney Richard Berube standing with members of the local hate group at yesterday’s Independence Day festivities:

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