“Gays Against Guns … has launched its first major advertising campaign—an effort that will combine with protests around New York City against National Rifle Association-endorsed legislation in Washington that would mandate “reciprocity” in concealed weapon permits nationwide … The print, virtual and video campaigns consist of a series of 20 visually-oriented ads portraying a GAG activist and a veiled figure representing a gun violence victim. The activists in the ads hold placards declaring “Not In My______”—a message GAG hopes those concerned will customize during the 10 protests scheduled across the five boroughs …”
Here’s their ad:
This campaign is doomed to failure for one simple reason: GAG is running it in an area represented by officials who are already opposed to the bill. They are not changing any votes.
“… In September, the group—along with Public Advocate Letitia James and the National Action Network’s Kirsten John Foy—rallied against Smith & Wesson, a member of the NRA’s Golden Ring of Freedom. The Second Amendment organization bestows that honor on companies that have given it at least $1 million …”
This accomplished nothing.
“… The group also recently sponsored and participated in a solidarity rally in front of the Stonewall National Monument against President Donald Trump’s executive orders impacting Muslims, undocumented immigrants and his selection of anti-LGBT nominees …”
This has absolutely nothing to do with guns.
“Senate Democrats on Monday introduced a bill that would mandate all 3D printed guns have at least one primary component made from metal. The bill, S. 533, would update the 25-year-old Undetectable Firearms Act, which requires all firearms to be detectable by a metal detector, by requiring at least one main component such as the frame or barrel be made of metal …”
This is unenforceable.
At some point, home metal printing will become affordable and that is when the antis heads will start exploding.
Mar 7, 2017 Federal Legislation
Meanwhile, Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro brings on the crazy with an op-ed in the New Haven Register, “Gun lobby’s latest trick is to use ‘hearing loss’ to bring more silencers into the market“:
“… this bill is the latest attempt by the gun lobby to sneak in massive and potentially dangerous rollbacks to gun violence prevention through misleading legislation … The gun lobby wants you to believe that this proposal is about protecting hearing — but the dangers of more easily accessible silencers far outweigh any purported benefits … To push this “Hearing Protection Act” is a bold-faced attempt to mislead the American people. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, there is no evidence of a public health issue associated with hearing loss from gun fire …”
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association does not agree with that statement:
“… People who use firearms are more likely to develop hearing loss than those who do not …”
Neither does the American Hearing Research Foundation:
“… Every gunshot produces a noise that could damage the ears of anyone in close hearing range. Large bore guns and artillery are the worst because they are the loudest. But even cap guns and firecrackers can damage your hearing if the explosion is close to your ear. Anyone who uses firearms without some form of ear protection risks hearing loss …”
Lee Zeldin continues to set an example of how downstate Republicans (and Democrats) should handle gun issues when they come up.
“… A caller asked about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017; Mr. Zeldin is one of its many co-sponsors. That proposed bill would compel states to recognize out-of-state permits allowing the concealed carry of handguns, overriding their own laws. It would also allow concealed handguns in school zones and on federally owned public lands. “I’m just curious how this is possibly something you could support,” the caller said. Mr. Zeldin referred to his opposition to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, known as the NY SAFE Act, which he said improperly labeled certain firearms as assault weapons because a feature, such as a flash suppressor or a thumb grip, had been added to it and consequently “it looked scary.” Existing laws are not enforced, he said, “so it’s not just about creating a new law that might feel good, or might sound good.” …”
Good. No mealy-mouthed crap, no talk about hunting, no preemptive surrendering.
Feb 28, 2017 Federal Legislation
The Daily Caller reports that Cornyn is looking for Democrats to co-sponsor his bill, but I would not hold out much hope for that. Hudson’s bill currently has 160 sponsors with only two Democrats. The Party seems determined to obstruct any and all of the GOP agenda regardless of how popular it is. Mitch McConnell should schedule a vote on the bill A.S.A.P. and squash any lame attempts to filibuster it without actually having to stand on the floor and speak in opposition. Now would be a good time to do it too as Chuck Schumer seems to have lost his mojo after The Donald called him “head clown.” He’s not acting nearly as bad as I thought he would be.
With Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng and Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake being elected DNC Vice Chairs and having Charles Schumer as Senate Minority Leader, it is safe to say that New York is the new face of the Democrat Party.
That’s fucking hilarious!
While I don’t believe Perez has the same ties to the local political machine the others do, his election appears to have upset the hard Left who see him as being part of the (losing) Clinton/Obama establishment. This means the image the Democrats want to put forward is that of stale, big city politicos who are out of touch with their base and with middle America.
Hopefully this will keep them in disarray and we can get the reciprocity bill through Congress.
Congress has voted to repeal Obama’s Social Security gun rule.
I have said before if the Senate Democrats put their egos aside, they would control the upper chamber and that would be the end of the Republicans. With Trump in office there is increasing pressure for the mainline Democrats and IDC to kiss and make up:
“… Members of the rogue Independent Democratic Conference in the New York State Senate are finally feeling the heat for cozying up to Republicans, as heightened awareness of the fragility of progressive policy gains has New Yorkers demanding bold action from local legislators … Since it first formed in 2010, the IDC has been the object of enormous frustration for mainline Democrats, who have consistently argued that it has only bolstered the power of what has long been a narrow Republican majority in the Senate …”
This is true.
It’s also true that enough Democrats including Governor Cuomo want it this way because the mainline conference is full of clowns.
“… “If the Democrats really wanted to unite the Senate Democratic Conference they would make Jeff Klein the chair,” said Savino, one of the IDC founding members.. “He is the only one who knows how to raise money, has chips to negotiate with the Assembly, Senate and the governor, has the legislative track record that rivals anybody in public office, and knows how to protect marginal members and win races. Over and over city members felt that city issues were more important and put the rural and suburban members at risk … They [Senate Democratic Conference] are dismissive of areas even in the city like Staten Island where I come from. They make like we should be cut off and float away to the sea. And they’re that way to South Brooklyn, too,” she added …”
This is true.
It’s also true that Klein & Company are almost as bad as the mainline Democrats in this regard pushing gun control crap like microstamping, then the SAFE Act, which are wildly unpopular outside the City and have negligible real support in the City.
This bears watching to see if something like reciprocity becoming law pushes the state Democrats together.