I believe Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is the first local to jump on this “new” bandwaggon:
This is unlikely to succeed for two reasons:
- It was done before and nearly bankrupted Smith & Wesson.
- The market share of even large cities can dry up and blow away with negligible impact on the firearms and ammunition manufactures.
Co-ordinated gun control rallies organized by Mayor Bloomberg’s proxy Everytown are taking place across the country and state.
Here is some media coverage of the one in Rockland:
Here is coverage from Buffalo:
All of this is staged with the help of a willing media
in an attempt to convince squishy Republicans
to allow a vote on one or more bills in the Senate
The Hill reports:
“… The Judiciary Committee is poised to return to the beltway on September 4, the Wednesday before the lower chamber’s six-week long recess is set to end. [Congressman Jerrold] Nadler says the panel will examine three gun violence prevention bills, and then hold a hearing on military-style assault weapons later in September …”
Brady chimes in:
This is nothing more than pre-planned political theater aimed at pressuring the Senate to take up some sort of gun control legislation.
I believe the bills in question are H.R.1186/S.447, H.R.1236/S.506 and H.R.1296/S.66. See also “Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress.“
Congressman Brindisi spoke to the Observer-Dispatch on a number of issues including guns:
“… As he’s said before, Brindisi said he believes there are “common sense” reforms lawmakers could enact without restricting a person’s Second Amendment rights. He believes the House supports and has approved such regulations with recent legislation, saying the onus is now on the Senate — specifically, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — to bring these measures to a vote. “We passed a bipartisan bill in the House on background checks. Mitch McConnell can call the Senate back tomorrow to pass that same bill,” he said. “He’s not doing that. I don’t know why, but it should be done.” …”
The bill in question is H.R.8.
The reason McConnell isn’t hot on it is twofold:
- The universal background check is unenforceable and would have zero impact on crime.
- Gun control is a stinker of an issue. Bringing it up would end all chances of the Republicans retaking control of the House and would jeopardize their current majority in the Senate.
“… “I don’t think anyone wants to restrict a law-abiding gun owner’s right to have access to a firearm,” he added, “But more has to be done to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, criminals, people who are violently mentally ill, folks who commit domestic abuse. They should not have access to firearms.”” …”
All of this is already illegal.
If he’s not trying to restrict gun rights then prove it by co-sponsoring the reciprocity bill H.R.38.
Governor Cuomo is going to hold a gun control event tomorrow, 8/15 @ noon at the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.
I’m going to assume it will be a rehash of his 4-Point Plan he wants the Democrat presidential candidates to endorse.