Rep. King’s priority item

Rep. Pete King has a long history of being a RINO.

That tradition continues in the new Congress:

“… Tuesday, on the eighth anniversary of the 2011 Tucson shooting that gravely injured Giffords and left six people dead, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced gun legislation to extend existing background check requirements to almost all gun sales and most gun transfers, including Internet sales, at gun shows and person-to-person transactions, with certain exemptions for immediate family. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Peter King, R-N.Y., and includes four additional original GOP co-sponsors: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Chris Smith of New Jersey and Brian Mast of Florida …”

The bill has not yet been assigned a number.  You can see the draft in Thompson’s press release from yesterday.

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LI Congressional delegation’s gun control priority

I have a pretty good idea what the Long Island Congressional representatives gun control agenda will be.

First, Newsday reports:

“… Suozzi and Rice also said they will push for comprehensive immigration changes, including legalizing “Dreamers” brought here illegally as children, and gun safety legislation, such as tightening background checks, and campaign finance and voting bills …”

Second, Politico reports:

House Democrats are planning to move several high-profile bills to combat gun violence soon after they take power in January … With backing from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and key chairmen, Democrats will move to require federal background checks on all gun sales … Rep. Mike Thompson of California … said he will introduce the universal background checks bill early next year. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who has co-authored background-checks bills with Thompson in the past, has told reporters he will back this latest effort as well …”

With the collapse of the Nassau GOP machine RINO King should switch parties.

Fortunately the fundamentals of gun control have not changed since the election.  It still isn’t popular no matter how the media tries to spin it and there isn’t a legitimate grassroots pushing for it.

The Daily News refuses to accept this:

“… smart money says that even a House-passed bill will be dead on arrival in the Republican-led Senate. Why?”

Because your editors are out of touch with reality.

Don’t expect Minority Leader Schumer to go all out for this proposal either.

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Priorities

According to the Washington Post:

“Nearly four dozen incoming House Democrats told their future leaders Monday that they should prioritize action on health care, immigration, gun control and other topics over investigations into the Trump administration. The message was delivered in a letter that 46 freshmen sent to the entire Democratic leadership team … “While we have a duty to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch … we must prioritize action on topics such as the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, our crumbling infrastructure, immigration, gun safety, the environment, and criminal justice reform,” the freshmen wrote …”

There are two main reasons I don’t think gun control is going to be that hot a topic in Congress.

First, gun control is now and always has been a stinker for Democrats.  This past election did not change that.

Second, and more importantly, I believe the urge to engage in all sorts of stupid shit is going to override the rational thought process and ability to pursue an achievable agenda.  The party still has not gotten over Hillary’s ’16 loss and the failure to takeover the Senate now is driving their activist base nuts and that is not helpful for elected Democrats.

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Promises, promises

The Washington Post reports:

“Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings … Pelosi vowed to push for a range of actions to stem gun violence, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a measure allowing temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others …”

I doubt that.  I expect a bunch of noise with little action.

Pelosi knows even if the House passes something the Senate won’t take it up.  The gun control agenda has been waning for years because the fringe advocates have never been able to deliver a political payoff to electeds who promote the agenda.  That has not changed.

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Michael Meade, former director of intergovernmental affairs at the New York Attorney General’s Office, is now the director of local government affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety.

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Center for Voter Information

Gun issues have been largely absent from the CD-19 race between incumbent John Faso and challenger Antonio Delgado with both candidates being mostly quiet about it.

A Left-leaning group calling itself the Center for Voter Information sent out a mailer which highlights the difference between the candidates.  I have received two copies of this:

Center for Voter Infromation

I don’t think this is a very effective mailer, but with the latest poll having this race too close to call even a small impact could make a difference in who wins this race.

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