Eric Schneiderman is on a roll. First, he successfully defended the constitutionality of the Sullivan Act in the 2nd Circuit. Next, he went after some gun show promoters, obtaining whopping fines of up to $200 from them.
Going for the trifecta, he’s started a coalition of State Attorneys General opposed to nationwide CCW reciprocity. They’re mostly the usual suspects: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. It’s a PR stunt, but he’s good at them.
As of now, George Amedore holds the lead in the SD-46 recount. If it holds, Republicans will hold the State Senate 32-27-4. However, it appears likely there will be lawsuits:
Black Friday gun sales are way up, so much so that the NICS system became overloaded.
Reports from around the country show a strong interest in firearms:
Seemingly oblivious to the fact they’re losing the culture war, the Times calls upon Obama to go after Congress on the issue:
“… Mr. Obama talked about starting “a broader conversation” about reducing gun violence. The best place to start is in Congress, which has been grossly negligent toward constituent safety for the past 20 years as it bows to the demands of the gun lobby … Mr. Obama is free of the pressures of campaigning — and free to lead the nation toward sensible laws that can help reduce the flood of guns and related homicides. The need for strong leadership on this issue is growing as statehouse politicians cave to ever more lethal demands from the gun lobby …”
Congress, however, is not free of re-election worries and that should keep any gun control proposals bottled up, assuming Obama even cares enough about the issue to try and do something on it.
The Second Amendment Foundation is launching a media campaign against members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns who have been convicted of various crimes.
Featured in their print ad are former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, convicted of domestic violence against his wife, and current Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins, convicted of several counts of trademark infringement for selling counterfeit sneakers.
Not surprisingly, the 911 system failed during Hurricane Sandy.
It remains to be seen if this, along with the looting that took place in the storm’s wake, will led to a new appreciation by elected officials for private citizens having firearms for self-defense.
It’s been almost two weeks since the election and control of the State Senate is still up in the air. With Simcha Felder choosing to caucus with the GOP, it’s now tied at 31-31 with one race to close to call. I suspect we won’t know who is running the show until the legislature returns for start of sessions in January at the earliest.
Mayor Mike is going to be out of office next year. That does not mean he’s going away any time soon:
“… What’s clear from Bloomberg’s heavy spending in such a short period of time is the mayor has no plans to leave the national political stage once his third term expires next year and, in fact, seems likely to gear up rather than ratchet down his spending for those who support his agenda and against those who don’t … The message from Bloomberg’s world is clear: The mayor is here to stay as a political force …”
Yeah, I figured as much. Fortunately, his gun control campaigns have been quite ineffective in the past and he seems unable to grasp that the general population does not care about the issues the same way he does. I don’t see his Independence USA political action committee as being a game changer in the world of gun politics.
Buzzfeed has an excellent article on why the GOP blew the election, “A New Republican Generation Gets Ready To Take Over.” NRA should take note of it as well because their “All In” campaign sucked ass.
Voter turnout was down in New York by 15% from 2008. Some of this can be attributed to Hurricane Sandy, but nationwide 14 million fewer people voted for president this time around so clearly it’s not just New York.
The AnarchAngel offers some analysis. The bottom line is that people just did not bother to vote.
… If you chose not to decide you still have made a choice …