Moms Demand in Albany

Moms Demand Action had their lobby day in Albany today:

From the pictures I’ve seen they look to have had roughly the same number of people that New Yorkers Against Gun Violence brought up a couple of weeks ago. One noticeable difference, aside from the shirts, is I have not seen any solicitation for funds from MDA. NYAGV asked for donations to bus their children to Albany.

I do not understand why MDA and NYAGV did not work together to have a single lobby day. Having two events which are essentially the same scheduled so close together does not make much sense to me. I wonder if Mike Bloomberg is trying to push aside the competition. The Brady Campaign used to get much more attention until he came along. Is he trying to do the same to NYAGV?

Senate Democrats gun control press conference

$135 million to fight the NRA

According to CBS, Michael Bloomberg has spent $135 million dollars so far battling the NRA.

He hasn’t gotten much to show for it.

The irony of Squadron’s hate crime bill

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.

@NYDailyNews hysteria on reciprocity bill

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.

Donovan meets with Moms

Moms Demand Action astroturf met with Rep. Dan Donovan to lobby against H.R.38:

This was unnecessary as Donovan has always been antigun.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs

When doing research on Dan Garodnick, who is considering running against de Blasio in a primary, I missed this gem he introduced to the Clown Council:

Int 1175-2016 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to placement of signs on all bridges and tunnels entering the City warning of the penalty for possessing a firearm.

§ 19-901 Signs regarding firearm possession. The commissioner of transportation shall post signs at each exit leading into the city, of each bridge and tunnel having only one terminus in the city, stating that the possession of any firearm by a person not licensed by the city to possess that firearm is a criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment, as per articles 70.15 and 265 of the penal law.

I have a better idea and I know just where to put it:

 

Protesting Astorino

Astroturf-in-training are planning on protesting Rob Astorino this weekend:

Mamaroneck High School’s Young Democrats will be protesting at 2 p.m. Sunday outside the County Office Building, 148 Marine Ave., White Plains. Co-sponsored by WESPAC and Westchester for Change, the rally will focus on the policies of “controversial” two-term Republican County Executive Rob Astorino … Scheduled speakers at Sunday’s event include … Chuck Bell of Resist Gun Violence Westchester …”

Their protest is going to bomb.  County offices are closed on the weekend so nobody will care about this.

Funding for the SAFE Act

Every year since it’s passage, a group of people, egged on by some Republican legislators, bring up defunding SAFE Act enforcement in the state budget.

While that tactic might work in Congress, New York state does not operate that way.  All bills originate in the legislature except for the state budget which comes from the Governor.  The legislature can make some adjustments to spending amounts, but ultimately the Governor decides how appropriated funds are spent.

It’s tiresome going over this same crap over and over.  Fortunately, I no longer have to thanks to the Empire Center.  See their excellent article, “Defund push misfires.”

Antigun lobby day set for May

This year’s antigun lobby day has been set for May 17 at the LOB/CAP.

It is an annual event where gun control advocates bus in some children from the City, meet with sympathetic legislators and put on a dog-and-pony show in The Well.  I believe their top agenda item will be the mandatory storage bill, A-457.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is usually the host, but this year it appears that Moms Demand Action has taken over.  Here is a link to their Facebook event.

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