“Sixteen Democratic candidates in all passed through Saturday’s gun safety forum hosted by former Mayor Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety. Mayor de Blasio’s late slot meant much of the crowd had cleared out, but he did his best to grab some attention. “They have to feel our wrath,” de Blasio said to the crowd. “They” in this case includes Walmart, which has come under increased pressure to stop the sale of guns after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. De Blasio went a step further, calling for a boycott of the retailer, saying it puts profits over human lives …”
Such a bold plan of action will surely make him standout among the candidates. Where’s he in the polls:
“According to the latest Siena College poll, only 26 percent of voters in New York State had a favorable opinion of the mayor; 57 percent of New Yorkers had an unfavorable opinion. The news gotten even worse for de Blasio and his potential spot in upcoming Democratic debates for president … Both de Blasio and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand received zero percent support in the 2020 race …”
Polls aren’t always an accurate representation of public sentiment. How was de Blasio greeted in Iowa?
“Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his presidential dreams to a crowd of about 15 likely Democratic voters at an event Sunday morning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa …”
Seems the polling was accurate.
I found this amusing nugget in City & State’s article, “The rise and fall of John Flanagan“:
“… Gun control activists were swarming [John] Flanagan’s office. He was on their list of elected officials to target on their lobbying visit to the state Capitol on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Yet no one seemed to recognize the lanky Long Islander as he slipped out the front door to his office down the hall from the Senate chamber. It was just minutes until the annual Police Officers Memorial begins across the street, and Flanagan was eager to keep up appearances. “I’ve got to pay my respects,” he said …”
With the Republicans in permanent minority status in the upper chamber there is no legitimate reason for gun control advocates, or any other activist group, to waste their time with Flanagan. The GOP has no ability to advance or block legislation in the Senate. They are a total non-factor in state government in large part due to milquetoast Flanagan’s “leadership.”
“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.
“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.
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.” …”
GOP insider:”Going to be a disaster. He’ll do worse than Astorino did four years ago. A terrible candidate.” https://t.co/UkIbDIx167
— Fredric U. Dicker (@fud31) October 9, 2018
“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.
“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.
“… “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:
— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) July 11, 2018
“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:
.@MomsDemand Action refutes claim in video from Cobb that she was advised to not publicly support an assault weapons ban. "We encourage every candidate to be honest and vocal in their support of a wide range of gun violence prevention laws." https://t.co/cj2hiUJClR
— David Lombardo (@poozer87) July 11, 2018
NRA gets in on the act:
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.
“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.”
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.” …”
“… 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.