NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is the “wokest” person I know and the Daily News has this great quote from him in today’s paper:
“… Firearm purchases have spiked in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, and Williams declared that a “demonic obsession” with guns grips the country. But he suggested there is reason for hope even if cities cannot rid their streets of weapons. “Even if all those guns are here, our young people did not have to pick them up,” he said. “They can find a better way.” …”
Big win for 2A!
The Washington Post reports that Biden’s nominee to head the ATF David Chipman is being withdrawn.
The official White House presser tries to blame Republicans:
“… Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it. That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation …”
Ok, but did Chuck Schumer try to salvage the nomination like The Hill suggested back in June?
“… The tied committee vote Thursday means Chipman’s nomination will still be put to a full vote on the Senate floor, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will have to navigate some procedural hurdles …”
Did Chuck do any of this? No.
Chipman worked for the gun control group Giffords. The antis put everything they had behind him, knowing he’d be their shill, and they lost big-time. I suspect this humiliation will also doom any new gun control at the federal level for the rest of Biden’s term in office.
The 2022 NYC budget is out.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence receives another $55,000 grant for FY2022, same as the past two years:
“This allocation supports the Crisis Management System, which is a composition of programs centered in neighborhoods with high frequencies of shooting incidents. Interventions include cure violence, employment readiness, legal services, school based conflict mediation, and community center programming.”
Last year I FOILed the City Council to get more information about it. Shockingly, I have not heard back from them.
The Yonkers Times reports:
“… sources tell Yonkers Rising that Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is contemplating his next step in New York politics and is moving forward with an exploratory campaign to run for Governor in 2022. Mayor Spano is in the middle of his third term in the City of Yonkers, which recently became the third largest City in New York State. Sources close to Mayor Spano confirmed that he is moving forward with plans to run for Governor, and that his candidacy for statewide office would depend on several factors, including how New Yorkers and NY Democrats view the job performance of Governor Kathy Hochul, and who else decides to get into the democratic race for Governor …”
As a general rule, never vote for anyone from Westchester with the last name Spano.
Despite having a pistol license, Spano has a history of gun control activism both while being Mayor and during his time in the Assembly.