I believe this has some merit because many NRA members and supporters won’t dig down past the headline, “Attorney General James Files Lawsuit to Dissolve NRA.” However, the problem for the NRA is James’ investigation was brought about due to financial mismanagement on the part of the Board and I have not seen anyone dispute that.
From a purely political standpoint, it is in James’ interest to hurt the Biden campaign for if he loses it could open the door to Gov. Cuomo running in ’24. I believe James will run for Governor once Cuomo eventually leaves office.
As expected Senate Codes Committee moved to advance antigun bills S-7762 and S-7763 to Rules.
For S-7762 the only discussion was both Senators Anna Kaplan and Brian Kavanagh thanking people for supporting the bill. Senator Zellnor Myrie declared he would support the bill, but asked one question pertaining to disposal. The bill was then voted on with Tom O’Mara announcing his No vote.
The committee moved on to S-7763. There were no remarks at all. It was then voted on with O’Mara again announced his No vote. That was it.
Remember this at election time.
The NRA has endorsed President Trump for re-election.
This isn’t a surprise, but they should have at least gotten a public commitment out of him to push for CCW reciprocity or something.
The Assembly Codes Committee will meet tomorrow morning at 9:00am.
In an annual event several of the (useless) Republicans have asked their pro-gun bills be on the agenda for discussion: A-1755, A-2487, A-4428, A-4496, A-5376 and A-5440. They’re not the least bit serious about any of them. This is nothing more than cheap political theater so that they can go home to their districts and say they’re standing up for 2A.
If Republicans really wanted to stand up for the Second Amendment there are two things they would be doing right now:
- Elected representatives and party officials would be all over in the media talking up the failure of the state’s gun control laws and demanding restoration of our civil rights and implementation of right-to-carry.
- Assembly Republicans would make Motions for Discharge on the chamber floor for their bills. This is an attempt to bypass Codes and bring bills up directly for a full house vote. This is what antigun advocates did for years in the Senate when the Republicans were in charge. It won’t work as the Democrat Majority would vote along party lines to block it. What is would do is force the antis to publicly defend their position in the face of increased shootings across the state and the obvious failure of Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act.
Republicans won’t do either of these. While they may be personally pro-gun, they lack the intellectual and intestinal fortitude to defend their beliefs. If they cannot do that there is no reason to vote for them.
Committee proceedings will be streamed live here.
I found this interesting article on CNN, “New PAC aims to elect candidates who will focus on policy to end daily gun violence“:
“Robert Emmons Jr. ran for Congress — and lost. But he won’t let that stop him from being involved. Emmons channeled the energy from his congressional campaign into starting a new political action committee, Our Everyday. The PAC launched last month with the aim to elect candidates who will work to end daily gun violence. “We operate electorally to support candidates that treat gun violence as an epidemic and advocate to address its root causes. We’re building political power by shifting the national gun violence prevention conversation to focus on progressive policies that will ultimately uplift communities of color and bring peace and justice to our communities,” the PAC writes on its site. “On the federal level, we talk a lot about the assault weapons bans and the background checks and the red flag laws,” he said. “But oftentimes, we forget or neglect to mention that in order to end everyday gun violence, we also have to talk about addressing the inadequacy in our health care, educational inequities, environmental racism, poverty and injustice. To us, that’s how we end everyday gun violence.” …”
The FEC reports that Our Everyday PAC was created out of Emmons’ election committee. It sounds like he’s just using gun control as seasoning to differentiate it from numerous other leftist groups with similar ideological leanings.
“… In its first round of endorsements last month, Our Everyday backed three candidates: Jamaal Bowman, Mondaire Jones and Charles Booker. Bowman won his primary in New York’s 16th District, as did Jones in New York’s 17th District. Booker lost the Democratic primary for the Kentucky Senate seat held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …”
I don’t see any disbursements to Bowman or Jones so I will assume Emmons just made endorsements without any financial backup.
At this point I don’t see him bringing anything new to the table.