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CD-22 Republican primary candidates on guns

By popular demand, here is what I have on the CD-22 GOP primary candidates Steve Wells and Brandon Williams.

From Wells’ campaign site:

“I was taught at the young age of 11 to be a responsible gun owner. As a teenager I won multiple New York State Junior Skeet Shooting Championships. As an adult I have been a licensed and lawful owner of firearms for decades. As a prosecutor I have seen firsthand the damage inflicted by irresponsible criminals with no regard for human life. These experiences, and my reverence for the U.S Constitution inform my view. I’m a proud 2nd Amendment supporter and oppose efforts to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. We need to address mental health, improve and utilize background checks, and secure schools. The right of self-defense is fundamental to our system of justice and liberty.”

From Williams’ campaign website:

“The 2nd Amendment isn’t just about hunting, it’s about protecting our homes and our families. I support the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns and am a proud gun owner, lifelong shooter, and hunter; I was also U.S. Navy expert marksman in pistol.”

From the Post-Standard 6/22/16:

“… Wells, a Cazenovia businessman and former criminal prosecutor, said he would support a bill that bans gun sales to suspected terrorists for three days, giving the Justice Department time to prove in court why the sales should be denied. The bill is co-sponsored in the House by Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus …”

From the Daily Sentinel 7/2/22:

“… Fellow Republican, Brandon Williams, who is challenging Wells in the upcoming primary, issued a statement on Thursday, calling on Wells “to clarify his stance on the second amendment and abortion.” “After the historic decisions from the Supreme Court this past week, Steve Wells has been completely silent on these important issues,” said Williams. “It is important for the voters of NY22 to know where their next congressman stands … I support the Constitution and the Second Amendment. I believe there are solutions out there to solve gun violence without restricting or endangering anyone’s rights.” “Steve Wells has, directly and indirectly, bankrolled the campaigns of anti-gun and pro-abortion liberals like Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” Williams statement added …”

From the The Citizen 7/24/22:

“… Wells is believed to be more of a moderate in the mold of Katko, but it’s hard to know for sure. That’s because his campaign has largely avoided answering questions directly about key issues facing this country, most notably his views on abortion and gun control. He also has turned down debate invitations, where he’d clearly be on the spot about those and other issues …”

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Nassau Co. Legislator Siela Bynoe will host an online “gun violence discussion” today at 6:30pm. Register here.

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Jacobs’ flips the bird

The House passed their so-called “assault weapons ban” by a vote of 217-213.

The two Republicans who put it over the top were Chris Jacobs and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.  Jacobs’ vote being a middle finger to his constituents after having to end his re-election campaign specifically because of this issue.

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Missed the point

This story is getting a lot of attention:

“Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler admitted a Democrat-led bill intends to confiscate guns in “common use” during a Wednesday House Judiciary Committee hearing. Republican North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop asked House Democrats if they dispute the fact that the proposed legislation H.R. 1808, titled “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” bans firearms in “common use” throughout the country. “Would anyone on the other side dispute that this bill would ban weapons that are in common use in the United States today?” Bishop asked. “That’s the point of the bill,” Nadler replied. “So, to clarify, Mr. Chairman, you’re saying it is the point of the bill to ban weapons that are in common use in the United States today,” the Republican representative pressed. “Yes,” Nadler clarified. “The problem is that they’re in common use.” …”

That may be the point of the bill, but what pundits have missed is why is Jerry bringing this up now?

Answer: He’s in a nasty 3-way primary with the equally detestable Rep. Carolyn Maloney as well as newcomer Suraj Patel.

Maloney appears to be in the lead and she made abortion her signature issue. With primary turnout always low, and likely even lower this time around as it will be the first primary to take place in August, Jerry desperately needs something, anything to shift a small number of the Democrat activist base, the one who are the ones most likely to show up on August 23, to his side.