Curtis Sliwa made his reputation as founder of the Guardian Angels. I don’t recall him ever talking about gun control. Had he remained quiet he would have offered something of an alternative to Eric Adams in the race for Mayor of New York.
“… Sliwa said the way to act now is if the city expands the sentence for criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, otherwise known as a Class D Violent Felony, from 3.5 years to 7 years. Sliwa had previously blamed lawmakers in Albany for not having foresight in making certain legislative decisions …”
This is the same crap that Mayor Bloomberg pushed for, doubling the penalty for “illegal” possession of a firearm. It had no effect on public safety. Gun charges are often the first to be tossed from real thugs caught behaving badly, while otherwise decent people who run afoul of the Sullivan Act get screwed because of them. There is no justification for this.
Eric Adams won the Democrat primary making him likely the next Mayor of NYC. While being interviewed by CNN they reported:
“… On the issue of gun control, Adams also said it the focus should not only be on assault rifles, but also on handguns. “The numbers of those who are killed by handguns are astronomical and if we don’t start having real federal legislation, matched with states and cities, we’re never going to get this crisis understand control,” he said …”
What he means by that is unclear to me.
Adams is up against Curtis Sliwa in the general election. I cannot recall Sliwa ever calling for 2A reforms.
I have said many times before and I will say again, 2A activists need to be involved in Democrat party politics especially in the primaries where turnout is low as that is the only way to knock many incumbents out of office.
The latest examples from Albany:
“… In 2013, when incumbent Albany Mayor Sheehan was first running for the job against Councilman Corey Ellis, more than 10,000 Democrats cast votes in the race. At the moment, just over 6,000 votes were cast in her primary eight years later with Faust, according to the unofficial results. More than 200 Democratic voters — more than 3% of the vote — chose a write-in candidate. Turnout can be difficult to gauge given voters in New York may retain the muscle memory of casting primary ballots in September — this is the first off-cycle primary to be held in June. But given the overwhelming Democratic enrollment in most cities, both upstate and in New York, a handful of voters relative to the overall population can determine the future course of a community …”
“Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who ran for a third term while under indictment in a campaign finance case and under fire for her handling of a police killing, has been defeated in the Democratic primary by City Councilman Malik Evans …”
“Hours after the polls closed Tuesday evening in New York City’s primary elections, incomplete results for the District 5 City Council race on the Upper East Side showed Julie Menin holding a 10-point lead. By 11:30 p.m., Menin, the former census director and city commissioner, led the early results with 33.9 percent of the vote, trailed by Tricia Shimamura at 23.7 percent, Rebecca Lamorte at 11.7 percent and Kim Moscaritolo at 11.2 percent …”
Moscaritolo is the former Legislative Committee Chair for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
Primary Candidates for NYC Mayor.
Openly #2A hostile Democrats:
- Eric Adams
- Scott Stringer
- Andrew Yang
- Kathryn Garcia
- Raymond McGuire
- Maya Wiley
Less #2A hostile Democrats:
- Art Chang
- Aaron Foldenauer
- Dianne Morales
- Paperboy Love Prince
- Joycelyn Taylor
- Isaac Wright Jr.
Openly #2A hostile Republicans:
Less #2A hostile Republicans:
Primary candidates for Manhattan DA.
Openly #2A hostile Democrats:
- Dan Quart
- Tali Farhadian Weinstein
- Diana Florence
- Alvin Bragg
- Eliza Orlins
Less #2A hostile Democrats:
- Tahanie Aboushi
- Lucy Lang
- Liz Crotty
Openly #2A hostile incumbents in party primaries. Vote for their opponent no matter who they are.
- City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (D)
- City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (D)
Openly #2A hostile state legislators in party primaries for other offices. Vote for their opponent no matter who they are.
- Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D) for Brooklyn Borough President
- Senator Brad Hoylman (D) for Manhattan Borough President
Openly #2A hostile primary candidates for various offices. Vote for their opponent no matter who they are.
- Kim Moscaritolo (D) for NYC Council District 5
- Kevin Freeman (D) for Saugerties Town Board
Newsday reports, “WFP says GOP, Conservatives trying to raid its ballot lines“:
“The liberal Working Families Party says it’s being raided by former Republicans and Conservatives who switched their enrollment this year to the minor party and then submitted petitions to run primaries against WFP candidates, according to a Newsday review … “The NY GOP is engaged in a coordinated attack on the Working Families Party,” said Sharon Cromwell, deputy director of the state WFP. “They know they can’t win on the issues so are resorting to dirty tactics to confuse voters and steal elections. We should expect better from our political parties than underhanded attempts to thwart the democratic process.” …”
This is exactly the sort of thing 2A activists should be doing, especially with Democrats in urban areas where they outnumber other parties 4x or more. Two big races coming up are Democrat primaries for NYC Mayor and Manhattan D.A. The only realistic way for 2A supporters to have any influence is to either passively support or actively oppose one or more of the candidates in next month’s primaries. Sitting by and doing nothing is the reason Democrats are willing to advance a gun control agenda in Albany. The only thing that matters to them (and Republicans) is who participates in their candidate selection and election process. You are either helping them or hurting them. Not participating does neither so they don’t care.