Demonstrating failure

National Gun Violence Awareness Day” was this past Saturday:

“Hundreds of Brooklynites dressed in orange marched across the Brooklyn Bridge from Cadman Plaza on Saturday in an annual demonstration against gun violence …”

Was the demonstration a success?

A 40-year-old man was fatally shot on a Harlem street corner early Monday, police said …


Kicking off “Gun Violence Awareness Month”

So-called “Gun Violence Awareness Month” kicks off today with a noon press conference by NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

In the Senate, S-6151 will likely advance to 3rd reading today and be voted on later in the week.

On the Assembly Codes agenda for Tuesday:

  • A-7739, Relates to local and state law enforcement’s access to records of applications for licenses of firearms.
  • A-7921, Relates to possession of firearms on property owned by or held in trust for SUNY ESF.

NSSF thinks Pothole Al is golden

The Post reports:

“While Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers debate a litany of issues before the Albany session adjourns on June 19, former GOP US Sen.-turned-powerhouse lobbyist Al D’Amato is co-chairing a “Long Island cocktail reception” fundraiser in Great Neck Sunday for the governor, The Post has learned. And he has also hit up his roster of 90 clients to kick in to Cuomo’s campaign kitty. “I’m doing something with a group of people for Gov. Cuomo, I will be a participant,” D’Amato told The Post …”

One of those 90 clients Park Strategies represents is the NSSF.

Years ago a former contract lobbyist convinced NSSF that their problems in New York stemmed from the fact that the legislature wasn’t hearing enough bullshit from NRA/NSSF and that they ought to hire a Albany-based PR firm to do it full time.  NSSF then retained Capitol Group and from 2011-18 threw hundreds of thousands of dollars at them.  Of course, they got nothing good from the legislature in return because PR isn’t the problem.

So starting this year NSSF switched to Park Strategies paying them $6000/month plus expenses, apparently thinking that having one of the sleaziest political figures in the state tell their bullshit to the legislature is going to pay off.  It will, for Al, when he cashes their monthly checks.  As for the firearms industry, they would get more action by dumping a bag of money off the balcony into the Well of the LOB than having Park Strategies on retainer.

A-663/S-5801, animal cruelty provisions

A-663, adds wildlife animals to those subject to the animal cruelty provisions, now has a Senate companion S-5801.

Despite what the justification statement says, the ultimate goal of this is to ban all hunting (even farming) as a form of cruelty to animals. The driving force behind this, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, is a rabid animal “rights” activist, vegan and antigunner.

Antigun lobby day

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence will be holding their annual lobby day in Albany on May 7.

They’re busing in children again from the City.  I expect some sort of spectacle will take place in The Well of the LOB.

Cuomo can’t win

Despite Gov. Cuomo’s best efforts, Giffords still only gives New York an A- for it’s gun control laws.

It seems that no matter what Cuomo does, the antis will not give him their highest grade.  California and New Jersey each got full A’s this time around.

If he were smart (he’s not) he would have dropped the issue after SAFE.  Will he learn this time?


Gillibrand: ‘I should have done more’

This video explains why there is no support for her presidential bid:

Morelle meets Moms

Bad behavior won’t stop him

Last month Senator Kevin Parker introduced a bill requiring, “… law enforcement agencies … review the internet and social media accounts of any individual prior to granting or renewing a handgun permit …”.

Senator Parker has a history violent behavior:

He also has a big mouth:

“A state senator pushing a bill that would require pistol-seekers to submit to a social-media search urged a Senate Republican aide to kill herself in a now-deleted Twitter post on Tuesday …”

Senator Robert Ortt pointed out the irony of this:

Elected Democrats have turned a blind eye to Parker’s behavior since he was first elected 10+ years ago so it is no surprise he’s getting let off with nothing but a lame apology.

Do not expect him to pull his bill because of this. He will reintroduce it with a new number when the 2019-20 session starts in January.


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