New Yorkers Under the Gun

June 7 video from a public forum by hosted by City Limits and The Crime Report at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Same old, same old

Friday was “Gun Violence Awareness Day,” a now annual spectacle where antigunners, celebrity idiots and other crackpots #WearOrange so as to readily identify themselves as part of the political fringe.

Here is an example:

I do not see anything new of substance here. It is just more of the same hysterics that have failed to produce movement on their agenda.

Astroturf protesters outside FNRA fundraiser

Proof they’re astroturf. The first guy they interviewed is from the Rockland Democrat Committee holding a professionally made sign.

Quack doctors advocate for gun control

Link to WHEC.

Guns and the State Budget

Turns out the Governor was not that serious about new gun control in budget negotiations:

“… What didn’t have bipartisan support and didn’t end up in the budget were any new gun policies. “We weren’t able to ban bump stocks. We weren’t able to broaden our background checks. We weren’t able to do the extreme risk protection order,” said state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Though it wasn’t part of the budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did announce the passage of a new law preventing anyone convicted of domestic abuse from owning a firearm of any type …”

Bills in question are A-8976B/S-7133A and A-8717/S-6918.

Because some people cannot admit they are wrong, here is a reminder from the Empire Center that the SAFE Act cannot be defunded in the budget.

What did pass separately is A-10272/S-8121. Per WHAM news:

“… The legislation was passed to close a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns. The legislation prohibits anyone with an outstanding warrant, a felony, or other serious offenses from receiving or renewing a firearm license … the legislation bolsters the list of “serious” crimes, which, upon conviction, require the loss of a gun license and the surrender of all firearms …”


Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon has introduced legislation to prohibit gun raffles:

“… “It boggles my mind that anyone would think this was a good thing to raffle off,” Simon said …”

The key thing here is that it boggles her mind, not those of normal, rational thinking adults.  Raffles with gun prizes are common.  I’m going to a shoot this weekend that is having one.

She doesn’t even give a reason for this in the justification statement of the bill jacket:

“Currently in New York State it is legal to raffle off a firearm in a game of chance. Many times games such as these are open to all individuals regardless of age. Firearms should not be raffled off in this manner. Firearm related violence is a significant public health and safety problem and weapons should not be given away in games of chance.”

Assembly bill is A-10091. There is no Senate companion.

Intimidation and jello

According to the Daily News:

“Nearly a month after the Parkland, Fla., school mass shooting, Gov. Cuomo is set to kick off a gun-control campaign touting his work on the issue and targeting seven New York congressional Republicans. The six-figure campaign, which kicks off this week, will include a mix of television and digital ads and an online petition effort organizers say is meant to galvanize grassroots support …”

Baloney.  Gun control does not have grassroots, only astroturf.

This is Cuomo’s attempt to intimidate Congressional Republicans.  It’s not an inherently bad idea on his part considering the backbones of local Republicans have the structural integrity of warm jello when confronted by loudmouth leftists.  If these guys are smart (and for most that’s doubtful) the targeted Republicans will turn this attack on them around and use it to fundraiser off of.

They’re all right

Some media coverage on the floor debate over S-7847:

“… But tempers flared over a measure to issue a new state license plate, called the “Guardians for Schools” plate. It would raise money to help pay for armed guards at schools, mental health counseling and security cameras at schools. Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat from Manhattan, called the bill “meaningless.” “It is so harebrained to think that we are actually attempting to address the serious issue of gun violence with a new license plate,” Hoylman said. “I am compelled to vote no.” …”

Hoylman is right.  The license plate idea is dumb.

“… The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco from Schenectady, was angered by the remarks. He accused Democrats of having a double standard. He said the Democrats do not object to armed guards at the State Capitol, yet some Democrats voted against the school safety enhancement measures. “Hypocrites! Shameless!” Tedisco shouted. “You want our law enforcement officials in the LOB (Legislative Office Building) and the Capitol to protect you, but don’t put them in the schools.” …”

Tedisco is right.  Democrats are hypocritical over armed guards.

“… Senate Deputy Democratic Leader Michael Gianaris, from Queens, called the license plate bill “embarrassing” in the face of the mass shootings, but said he’s reluctantly a supporter.  “I hope it makes you happy at the end of the day,” Gianaris said. “Because you are doing nothing to protect our children with this nonsense.” …”

Gianaris is right.  The bill is an embarrassment.  So is all the gun control crap the Democrat conference wants.

The reality is that neither the Republicans nor Democrats are the least bit interested in addressing the issue seriously.  In the end all we have a perfect example of why the New York state legislature is the poster-child for incompetence and corruption in government.

I was right

Last week I said I didn’t believe these student protests in support of gun control were genuine.

David Hines at The Federalist confirms this:

“… On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.  The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager …”

The whole thing is a fraud.

Having established that, why on earth does Chris Murphy think Democrats can gain at the ballot box pushing gun control?  You need a genuine grassroots for that to happen and it is clear the antis do not have that.

Didn’t learn from Bloomberg

The Hill reports:

“… In an email to half a dozen Republican leaders on Saturday, Florida-based real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. decried the rash of mass shootings that has roiled the U.S. for years, and demanded that GOP politicians take action. “I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons,” Hoffman wrote in the email, according to the Times. “Enough is enough!” …”

So what?  He raised money for the loser presidential campaigns of John McCain, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush.  It’s not like he’s been very helpful to the Party.

Plus, Mayor Bloomberg has been trying this tactic for years.  He’s thrown tens of millions of dollars around and what has it got him?  Not much.  Money is great, but gun control has been proven to be such a turn off at the ballot box that it cannot make up for the number of lost votes that come from pushing it.  Hoffman is basically demanding the Republicans lose seats to push an unpopular agenda.

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