Decline and fall

George Marlin has an excellent op-ed on the decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans which makes for a good follow-up to Jack Martins’ welcome defeat on election day:

“… There was a time, however, when the Nassau GOP was the most respected and powerful political organization in the nation … But over time, the GOP machine began to rust.  Efficiently servicing the taxpayers took a backseat to rewarding political cronies with patronage and contracts … Meanwhile, the aging political machine’s influence at the polling booth continued to decline … The disastrous results on Election Day 2017 were the final nails in the coffin of the once mighty organization … Nassau Republicans are finished because their arrogance, incompetence and indifference to voter concerns has caught up with them …”

I would add the local Republicans sell-out first on Pataki’s 5-Point Plan then again on Cuomo’s SAFE Act played a big part in this collapse as well especially considering Martin’s campaigning loudly on his SAFE vote.

Admit it

The Legislative Gazette reports:

“… Sen. Felder, D-Brooklyn, first called for armed NYPD officers to be placed at city schools after a Halloween terror attack in New York City … That attacker was eventually apprehended by a police officer who happened to be nearby and according to Felder, proves that his legislation, S.6798, must be passed to ensure the safety of New York City’s students. This week, Felder again called on the Assembly to pass their own version of his Senate bill …”

There is no companion bill in the Assembly.

Time for me to stir the pot:

“After reading of Senator Felder’s call for armed security at public schools following the Halloween terror attack I have a question for the Senator: Don’t you think it’s time to admit that New York’s citizen disarmament laws do not keep the public safe?

However good your intentions, the NYPD does not have the ability, nor in fact do they have any legal responsibility, to protect the public either from street criminals or Islamic terrorists. The only one responsible for a person’s safety is the individual themselves. That is the reason 42 states covering 75 percent of the population have right-to-carry firearms for personal protection laws. No rational argument can be made for New York to be excluded from this. If you want to seriously address public safety then introduce legislation to bring the state in line with the majority.

Further, if you or any of your colleagues lack personal experience handling firearms and believe it is too complicated for ordinary citizens to do this, I am a certified instructor and will teach you it isn’t.”

I’m not expecting a response from Felder’s office, but you never know.

Due process or not

Aside from their position on guns, what is the main difference between a pro and antigun legislator?

Their position on due process.

Exhibit A:Taking guns from dangerous hands

“… Sen. Brad Hoylman is urging colleagues to take action on his legislation that would take guns away from domestic abusers.  Hoylman, D-Manhattan, is calling on fellow senators to revisit and pass his Safe Homes Act (S.67) which would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from homes where a domestic abuse arrest is made … Specifically, Hoylman’s legislation would require police responding to a domestic violence incident to determine whether there are firearms present at the scene, and if an arrest is made, re-move the guns and gun licenses until the court adjudicating the offense authorizes their release …”

Exhibit B: “GOP lawmaker wants to keep guns from suspected terrorists

“… Rep. Lee Zeldin hopes to bar “known or suspected terrorists” from purchasing weapons that might be used to attack Americans. The New York Republican has a plan to allow the Justice Department to intervene when officials believe that a dangerous person is close to obtaining firearms or explosives … Zeldin’s bill breaks with analogous legislation by requiring the Justice Department to initiate a legal process to block a gun sale. “The burden should be on the government to prove whether someone is a known or suspected terrorist,” he said … In any case, the final decision over a sale would be made at a trial, which Zeldin notes would allow the would-be purchaser to contest the matter with a lawyer. That said, the government would have to show only probable cause for suspecting a terrorist connection, rather than proving something beyond a reasonable doubt …”

Election aftermath

Gun owners did not do well in yesterday’s election.  Moving from Long Island, here are the results:

Even before the election, Democrats made it known they would make a push for more gun control in Albany when the legislature returns to sessions in January:

“… Will gun control supplant abortion rights as a wedge issue in 2018? It may, at least in the state Senate … Now Senate Democrats, in the wake of recent mass shootings, including Sunday’s murder of 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, are poised to launch a push for tougher gun laws with January’s legislative session …”

Of course they are.

“… Still, if history is a predictor, Senate Republicans will likely reject tougher gun control laws just as they have with abortion rights …”

Don’t count on that. If Astorino won, we’d be in a better position.

Sheriff Howard ahead in polls

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard has been a vocal critic of the SAFE Act since it’s inception.

He’s up for re-election this year and I’ve been searching for polling data to see how he’s doing.  Erie has an almost 2-1 Democrat enrollment advantage.  Only thing I could find was this Buffalo News article on his opponent:

“… Even though [Bernard Tolbert] should compete this year as a favorite in heavily Democratic Erie County, most polls show him trailing — though far from out of it …”

Good.  We need to keep Howard around.

He has no shame

Yesterday an Islamic radical ran down a bunch of people in a rented pickup in lower Manhattan killing 8.

Today Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O’Neill held a press conference.

While De Blasio mentions “gun safety” at 44:28, the Governor could not contain himself. At 46:20 Cuomo chimes in about his SAFE Act and his desire to see it taken nationally.


Don’t argue with God

New bill introduced yesterday, A-8742:

Prohibits the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on wildlife management areas, state forests, forest preserves, state parks or any other state-owned land; requires DEC to promulgate rules and regulations prohibiting the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on New York city watershed lands.

There have been various anti-lead bills floating around Albany for years.  This is just a more explicit version aimed at lead ammunition.

What makes this one stand out is the concern over lead on watershed land.  It’s sponsor Deborah Glick, whose district is 100+ miles from the areas in question, is apparently unaware of the fact that lead ore was mined in various parts of the Hudson Valley.  There is no way to remove this lead from the watershed because God put it there.  It is a total non-issue based upon the fact NYC has been drawing water from the area for more than a hundred years and people aren’t dropping dead from lead poisoning.

Glick will probably get an award from the enviro-wackos for introducing this bill.

Playing hot potato

From the AP wire:

“… The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The massive divide on stricter limits remains firmly in place …”

In other words, antigun politicians are unlikely to be able to exploit this atrocity for legislative gain.

Even before this poll you could see it coming:

“… The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has signaled to Congress that it would prefer new legislation instead of new regulation to impose restrictions on “bump stocks,” which could end up being a major hurdle to any federal action on the firearms accessory … “ATF is pushing for a legislative approach rather than going through an administrative process,” a House aide told the Washington Examiner. This aide said that during the meeting, the ATF didn’t clarify whether they could re-regulate bump stocks, but did raise the option of new legislation …”

Marc Thiessen opines:

Congressional Republicans are backing away from legislation banning “bump stocks”  … and are turning to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ban them by executive action instead. “We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix, and then, frankly, we’d like to know how it happened in the first place,”House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said …”

They’re playing hot potato.  That’s a sure sign they want the issue to go away.  It probably will to except for a few places like Massachusetts and maybe New York where sympathetic politicians are desperately trying to keep the gun control movement alive.

Cuomo v. Reed, Tenney

Gov. Cuomo tries to exploit atrocity for political gain:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week ripped Congress and the White House for their inaction on gun-control measures, touting New York’s SAFE Act as a “sensible” policy that should serve as a model for action … “I believe when they write the history books, they’re going to say, ‘New York got it right,'” Cuomo said. “And the Congress, there was overwhelming cowardice, and apathy, not to take on the issue because of political reprisal, in the face of total common sense.” …”

Rep. Tom Reed called him on it:

“… “It is disappointing that Andrew Cuomo would politicize the tragedy in Las Vegas to promote himself and blame Republicans,” Reed, a Corning Republican, said in a statement issued by his campaign. “After this horrific event it’s time to come together as Americans to support one another. As authorities work to determine a motive for the heinous crime, we should follow the example of the Las Vegas community and unify around the victims, first responders, and their families.” …”

Rep. Claudia Tenney also called B.S. on antigun exploitation efforts:

“… Tenney said the shooting was not an example of the need for more restrictive gun laws. “Tragically, the man who committed this mass murder was evil and no law or regulation would have stopped him from carrying out this heinous and evil act,” she said. “I reject efforts to exploit the actions of one evil or deranged person to restrict the constitutional rights of law abiding gun owners.” …”

Draft of bump-stock ban bill

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and Senator Andrew Lanza plan to introduce legislation prohibiting bump-stocks in New York.

Here is the bill draft (pdf).

The state legislature is in recess and will be back in regular session probably on January 8.  There might be a special session called in December to deal with other issues, but I don’t believe this would be on the agenda.

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