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.

Senate Democrats announce gun control bills

The stupid, it burns:

“… Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, said incidents of gun violence in Brooklyn are a daily occurrence, “and something that is not getting better over time.” “This conference supports the Second Amendment,” he said. “We understand that there is a long tradition of hunting and shooting … but we certainly understand the morale obligation that we have as a Democratic conference to address the needs of safety.” …”

The fact that “gun violence” is a daily occurrence in Brooklyn in spite of Governor Cuomo’s so-called SAFE Act would be an indication to a normal, rational person that such policies do not work.

Of course, Parker will never admit that any more than he would acknowledge the irony of him talking about violence.

Here is the list of bills they are pushing:

  • S-3355, Enacts the “Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act”. Companion A-1990.
  • S-4363, Creates the “New York State Firearms Violence Research Institute.” Companion A-2977.
  • S-5808A, Enacts the “Effective Background Check Act of 2018.” Companion A-9068.
  • S-5829, Establishes certain crimes relating to the criminal possession or manufacture of an undetectable firearm, rifle, or shotgun. Companion A-914.
  • S-5922, Provides for compensation for injury or death caused by the negligent entrustment of a firearm. No Assembly companion.
  • S-6902, Relates to defining and prohibiting an accessory to accelerate the firing rate of a semiautomatic weapon. Companion A-8913.
  • S-7133, Establishes extreme risk protection orders as a court-issued order of protection prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing or attempting to purchase or possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun. Companion A-8976B.
  • S-7605, Relates to access to foreign state records concerning previous or present mental illness of applicants for firearms license. No Assembly companion.

Eleanor carried a handgun

The latest bit of revisionist history from MDA:

There’s just one, small problem:

New depths of stupidity

Gun control proponents aren’t known for using facts to back up their positions, however we’re plumbing new depths of stupidity with this argument against reciprocity:

“… Randi Bregman of Vera House in Syracuse says ultimately this kind of legislation would weaken New York’s gun control laws. For victims of domestic violence that could be deadly … Bregman says it’s not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to flee across state lines to somewhere they think is more safe. “They may have friends or family they may come to, and they may end up in New York State. And I think making the protections we have in New York to make concealed carry looser, could potentially put someone in harms way,” Bregman said …”

OMG.  Is this idiot actually suggesting that people come to New York because they think our gun control laws make it safer?  I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything remotely like that before.  NYAGV doesn’t even do that.  It’s like saying people are moving here because they like paying high taxes.

Why are gun control activists so violent?

Lee Zeldin

Attacking Zeldin on reciprocity

The antigun group formerly known as Americans for Responsible Solutions, now just Giffords, is planning on a targeted advertising buy against several Republican Congressmen in advance of the vote on H.R.38:

“… The ads come ahead of this week’s expected House vote on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which, if enacted, would be a massive opening of gun laws across the country, forcing all states to accept gun licenses issued in any state … Digital ads will also go out against … Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) … All of these are at the top of Democrats’ 2018 pick-up hopes …”

They’ve tried intimidating Zeldin on gun control before in public and failed miserably.  Given that he is co-sponsoring the bill this latest effort was doomed before it even started.

If the antis want to waste money on stuff like this more power to them.

Dick move, Joel

Joel Tyner is an antigun county legislator from northern Dutchess.  He’s also batshit nuts.  He gave these out on Halloween:

Joel Tyner's Halloween Handout

I’d have egged his house.


Int 1724-2017

City Council bill Int 1724-2017 is on the move.

The Post has the story:

“… The City Council Public Safety Committee voted 6-1 Monday to require the NYPD to hand out written warnings about the risks of gun ownership to new applicants for firearm permits …”

What exactly is the warning?

“Warning: The presence of a firearm in the home has been associated with an increased risk of death to self and others, including an increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence incidents, and unintentional deaths to children and others.”

What brain trust came up with this?

“… “Just like the [Surgeon General’s] warning that you see on the side of cigarette packs have changed the perception of smoking, these gun warnings are the first step to changing the public’s conversation,” said Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, a co-sponsor of the gun bill.  “We would be one of the first major jurisdictions to enact this type of legislation.” …”

This is why I’m not a “progressive.”  I’ve read a lot of dumb bills over the years but this ranks right up near the top.

BTW, who was smart enough not to support this idiocy?

“… Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island), the Republican leader, was the only committee member to oppose the committee’s legislative package …”

Good for him.

Don’t argue with God

New bill introduced yesterday, A-8742:

Prohibits the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on wildlife management areas, state forests, forest preserves, state parks or any other state-owned land; requires DEC to promulgate rules and regulations prohibiting the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on New York city watershed lands.

There have been various anti-lead bills floating around Albany for years.  This is just a more explicit version aimed at lead ammunition.

What makes this one stand out is the concern over lead on watershed land.  It’s sponsor Deborah Glick, whose district is 100+ miles from the areas in question, is apparently unaware of the fact that lead ore was mined in various parts of the Hudson Valley.  There is no way to remove this lead from the watershed because God put it there.  It is a total non-issue based upon the fact NYC has been drawing water from the area for more than a hundred years and people aren’t dropping dead from lead poisoning.

Glick will probably get an award from the enviro-wackos for introducing this bill.

Bumped off

Time is not on the side of the antigunners.

There is a limited window after an atrocity where they might be able to exploit it for political advantage:

“Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, and 25 additional members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) today announced their strong support for the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), which would ban the sale and possession of accessories used to increase the rate of fire on semi-automatic weapons …”

At this point the media has lost interest and it is reasonable to assume the antis window has closed.

Some people don’t want to accept that:

Whining Congress isn’t taking up your personal political agenda is undignified. It demonstrates weakness and proves lack of public support for the issue.

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