Putting themselves on a list

Congress passed H.R.8 this past weekHouse Republicans managed to get a poison pill inserted into the bill requiring notification of I.C.E. if an illegal immigrant tries to buy a gun.

This upset Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge … But Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election. Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.” “She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …”

I doubted the Senate would take up the bill before and with this amendment I believe the issue is dead for the session.  Democrats are more concerned with supporting illegals than with pleasing antigun activists.


Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think:

“A Gravesend man may spend the rest of his days behind bars for brutally shooting another man to death during an anti-gun-violence event in a neighborhood park, Brooklyn’s top prosecutor said. A judge on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Raheem Dunaway to 25 years to life in prison for gunning down 30-year-old Daquan Spencer on Aug. 21, 2016 in Scarangella Park amidst the tribute to gun-violence victims … Dunaway began confronting and arguing with event attendees before randomly approaching Spencer … and firing 20 bullets at him around 1:30 am, according to prosecutors, who said the anti-gun-violence event lasted until the early morning hours …”

He violated the so-called SAFE Act too.

That’s what you get

Many, many times I have said there is no reason for Republicans to pander to gun control advocates especially in New York where the astroturf is heavily influenced by Democrat officials and party activists.

Here is the latest example of why this never goes the Republican’s way:

“A prominent anti-gun violence group took aim Monday at GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro for voting 32 times against bills to strengthen New York’s firearms laws. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America also blasted Molinaro for saying on the campaign trail this year that he wants to dismantle New York State’s tough SAFE gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. “It’s an obvious problem ,” said Laura Burns, the group’s state communications lead. “He wants to go backward to weaken gun laws instead [of] maintaining what we have in New York and making them stronger.” …”

This is after Molinaro put antigun Julie Killian on the ticket and told the NRA he didn’t want any of their help.

BTW, how is his campaign going?

And his standing in the polls?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding onto a 22-point lead over Republican Marc Molinaro as the 2018 race for governor enters its final five weeks, according to a new poll made public Monday. Cuomo, a two-term Democrat, leads Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, 50-28 percent, according to the Siena College poll of likely voters …”

That’s what you get for not standing up for what’s right.

Good luck with that

According to the Daily News:

“A Manhattan state senator wants to make “ghost guns” disappear. Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, is introducing a bill that would ban ghost guns and 3-D firearms in New York …”


I generally don’t like commenting on legislation until I’ve had a chance to read the bill, but in this case I don’t need to.  There is absolutely no way to enforce such a law.  I’m sure Hoylman will get some model legislation from Brady, Moms or someone and intro a bill based on it but without a practical way to enforce the penalties who cares what they are?

“… “Thanks to the Trump administration, anyone in America or across the world — be it a teenager, felon or terrorist — can evade a background check and manufacture a dangerous weapon with a click of a button,” Hoylman said. “This is an existential threat to gun control as we know it.” …”

This statement is very telling.

Notice he does not say this is a threat to public safety.  Hoylman says it is a threat to gun control itself.  That is an exaggeration, especially with current technology, but consider a possible impact on the SAFE Act.  If a person can easily and cheaply produce plastic magazines in the privacy of their home the SAFE limitation is mostly voided.  Better still, as a political act of defiance, magazines with Hoylman’s face printed on them could be made in bulk and dropped in public locations, kinda like Johnny Appleseed.  Hoylman’s choice of words prove his real motivation is ideological and not a genuine concern for public welfare.

Metal printing is more complicated, but it is reasonable to assume that it will be better, faster and cheaper in 5-10 years than it is now.  That is what is really needed for home production.  Antigun hysterics will become more entertaining as the technology matures.

Cobb caught lying

Democrat Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb was recorded saying she supports gun bans, but won’t say so in public as it would damage her campaign:

“… “When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?’ And I said they should be banned,” Cobb can be heard saying in the video recorded by one of the attendees. “And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that.” …”

I decide to be helpful and send copies of the story to the Legislative Corespondents Association.

Republicans jump on Cobb:

As the video starts becoming more popular, the public is reminded that Cobb took a pledge to run an honest campaign:

NY-21 Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb has formally committed to The Post-Star‘s no-lies pledge … “I have proven myself to be honest and forthright and I will continue to be that way,” she said …”

Gun control advocates take umbrage at the suggestion they told Cobb to keep quiet:

NRA gets in on the act:

Turning out to vote

Pat Ryan ran a hardcore gun control campaign for the Democrat nomination in CD-19.

The result of this?

With roughly a 35% turnout, he came in 3rd in a 7-way primary about 17.7% of the vote.

This is more proof that gunsense cannot turn out a voting block even in Democrat primaries.

The winner Antonio Delgado does support gun control, but he didn’t spend a pile of campaign cash running shamelessly dishonest advertisements on television implying the AR-15 is a military weapon.

“Antonio Delgado won Tuesday’s seven-person Democratic primary in New York’s 19th Congressional District, allowing him to run against Republican U.S. Rep. John Faso in November … Delgado also has said he supports universal background checks for gun purchases and closing the gun show loop hole, as well as banning bump stocks.”

It comes down to math

One of the most important subjects in school is math.

You would think that teachers would have a basic understanding of arithmetic:

“The American Federation of Teachers has threatened to pull its business from Wells Fargo unless it severs ties with the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers, but so far the bank is resisting. “We’re issuing Wells Fargo an ultimatum,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a Saturday statement. “They can have a mortgage market that includes America’s teachers, or they can continue to do business with the NRA and gun manufacturers. They can’t do both.” …”

Weingarten flunked basic algebra:

“… Wells Fargo’s financial relationship with gun makers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union. The American Federation of Teachers on Thursday notified the San Francisco-based financial giant that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage lender for the national education union’s 1.7 million members …”

NRA has ~5.5 million voluntary dues paying members compared with AFT’s involuntary 1.7 million members and 5.5 is more than 1.7.

Cue Nelson Muntz.


Saturday’s Newsbits:





Grease the machine

Our state government has operated under the time-honored system of Cash is King for well over a hundred years.  Everyone knows this.

The average rank-and-file state legislator charges $250 per person to attend one of their fundraisers while those in leadership positions want $500-1000.  Event sponsorships I have seen go for as high as $5000.

Knowing this, the Daily News reports, “Indie N.Y. Democrats reject donations from pro-gun group“:

“… The campaign committee for a group of eight breakaway state Senate Democrats and its leader both received $1,000 donations last August from a major pro-gun lobby group. But campaign finance records show the Senate Independence Campaign Committee returned the contribution weeks after receiving it from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a leading firearms industry trade association …”

The idea that NSSF could grease the wheels of justice has lots of precedence in Albany.  They just did it in a bad way and on the cheap.

First, to avoid controversy, the donations should have been made closer to the primary or general election so they are publicly disclosed after election day.

Second, to maximize impact, NSSF should have done some research to determine which of these guys is in the most trouble back home and maxed out their donations right before the primary when the incumbents need help the most.

Third, if they insist on kissing up to Jeff Klein, they need to come up with more money.  Klein is a piece of crap and definitely not their friend.

Cuomo’s not the greatest

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor on Friday citing his championing of gun control efforts … “We know that the clearest most sensible voice on this issue and by far the greatest leader on this issue is Gavin Newsom,” Kelly said Friday to a crowd of Democratic party delegates and Newsom campaign volunteers …”

Wow!  What an honor!  Newsom must have done something really special to receive that endorsement.

“… Newsom was the force behind 2016’s Proposition 63, which outlaws the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, requires background checks for people buying bullets, makes it a crime not to report lost or stolen guns and provides a process for taking guns from people convicted of a felony …”


Governor Cuomo did all that years before with his phony SAFE Act.  Why didn’t they anoint him as “greatest leader”?  He wanted that title so bad.  That is why he pushed through SAFE.  He wanted to be the first and bestest and become the national leader of the gun control movement thinking it would help him with a presidential bid down the road.

What Cuomo got is a permanent animosity of most everyone north of I-84, a country clearly moving in the direction of gun rights, and now he’s lost the gun control crown.  HA!  FUAC!

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