Since Dan Gross took over as head of the Brady Campaign I haven’t heard that much from him. Here is the first television interview I’ve seen of him on the leftist media outlet Current TV (which is owned by Al Gore.)
Despite the fact that yesterday’s gun control rally was sparsely attended and didn’t seem to generate much attention outside of this report from the Albany Fox affiliate, I did feel the need to send out a press release on it:
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association calls yesterday’s gun control rally inside the Legislative Office Building a total farce. Unable to demonstrate any sort of public support for their proposals, antigun legislators and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, held a dog-and-pony show in the Well of the state legislative office building for a handful of people who were bused in from New York City.
Addressing scores of vacant seats in an almost empty hall, legislators lined up to speak to the couple of dozen or so people who had skipped school in order to be there, and reiterated their support for the same, failed gun control policies they have been promoting for years to an increasingly skeptical public.
By contrast, the rally sponsored by NYSRPA on March 20 attracted several thousand attendees from all across the state. Those concerned citizens gave up time from their families and their jobs to travel to Albany at their own expense to demonstrate their support for their civil rights.
“It is crystal clear where the public stands on the issue of gun rights in New York,” said President Tom King. “They stand with NYSRPA and the NRA! It is high time for legislators to stop pretending and pandering to fringe elements pushing their anti-civil rights agenda in Albany.”
Last month a couple thousand people from all over the state came to Albany to lobby for gun rights. Today New Yorkers Against Gun Violence had their lobby day. As you can tell by this shot looking down into the Well, they managed to get a couple dozen people to show up and those had to be bused in from the City.
To the surprise of no-one, Mitt Romney won all of the delegates in yesterday’s primary. With Newt Gingrich hinting that he will drop out of the race soon, talk has shifted to who might be Romney’s running mate.
New York magazine asks, “How Much Would a Bloomberg Endorsement Even Help Romney?“:
Why? Bloomberg is the last person Romney needs to associate with. He’s a uber antigun, nanny-state, control freak.
Billionaire John Catsimatidis has often been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for New York City Mayor. It’s common knowledge he carries a gun (because a prerequisite for obtaining an unrestricted NYC pistol license is to be filthy rich and politically connected.) Gothamist interviewed him and he makes some statements about gun ownership:
“… I believe that law-abiding, mentally healthy citizens—after a waiting time and a real test of abilities and a real test of everything, with no bad history in their background—should have the right to bear arms … I think that “Stand Your Ground” laws need a lot of modification. I had a problem in one of my homes where I had a break-in at two o’clock in the morning. I didn’t have my gun with me and if I did, I could have protected my family and I would have probably blown the guy’s head off. Look, at the time it happened, my daughter was 17 years old, my son was 14 years old and one has to protect his family. If somebody breaks into your home and you don’t know what their intent is, one should have the right to have a gun in their home and protect their family …”
Not even Carolyn McCarthy?
The antis need to take this failure personally because this shows a strong personal dislike of the issue by members of Congress. There are lots of reps. in safe districts who could get away with signing their pledge and not have to worry about any ramifications at election time. That they could not get even one of them to do so really shows how toxic the antigunners have become.
Legislative Report #19 is now online.