Shifting blame and exploiting tragedy

In the wake of the assassination of two NYPD officers the NAACP and Congressman Charlie Rangel are trying to shift the discussion away from the killer’s very obvious revenge motivation to calling for more gun control:

“… These two killings and the life-threatening injury, like so many other unfortunate incidences of gun violence, provide a stark example of the need for sensible gun control measures, and the need to thoughtfully address untreated mental illness …”

The internet does not approve of this crap, ‘Can go eff themselves’: NAACP ‘morons’ ripped for using NYPD killing to push gun control.”

“… “They should be conducting interviews mourning those that they lost and their family, talking about how do insane people get firearms and not criticizing but seeing how we can stop insane people from getting an opportunity to get firearms to kill anybody,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “The Rundown.”…”

The internet does not approve of this either, ‘Really remarkable’: Charles Rangel schooled after insisting ‘dead cops’ chants never happened.”

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Court decision may impact SAFE

A 6th Circuit court decision may impact the SAFE Act down the road:

“… The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler.  Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce.  He was only in there for a month … “The government’s interest in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill is not sufficiently related to depriving the mentally healthy, who had a distant episode of commitment, of their constitutional rights,” wrote Judge Danny Boggs …”

The court used strict scrutiny to reach their decision.  That could have national ramifications for other gun cases.

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Karma visits the Republicans

Rob Astorino said he would allow fracking. Senator Young, along with almost all of her Republican colleagues, fucked him over.

Instant Karma is going get you ….

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Vivek Murthy confirmed as Surgeon General

The Senate confirmed rabid antigunner Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General.  The antis are ecstatic over this.

Yes, it is a win for them, however, I do not believe gun control was on Obama’s mind when he nominated Murthy.  I think it was a political payback.  Dr.  Manny agrees:

“… Last night, the Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, and I believe that was a mistake … The biggest responsibility of the U.S. surgeon general is to provide the American public with the best scientific information regarding disease prevention … Is Murthy qualified to run such an important health care oversight service?  In my opinion, at this point in his career, he would not even quality to run a department at an academic medical center … Murthy formed the group Doctors for America – formerly known as Doctors for Obama — which lobbied heavily for ObamaCare, and evidently paid off in earning his nomination and subsequent confirmation as surgeon general.  He’s also waded into the gun control debate, publicly voicing his support for tighter regulations and making gun violence a public health issue.  While supporters hailed his noted promise not to use the position of surgeon general as a bully pulpit for gun control, others challenged whether it is appropriate for America’s top doctor to participate in political activism.  I agree with the challengers …”

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Henderson v. United States

NYSRPA, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Second Amendment, Illinois State Rifle Association and Illinois Carry, have filed an amicus curiae in support of the petitioner in Henderson v. United StatesAt issue is whether a felony conviction prevents a court from ordering that the government either transfer the defendant’s firearms to an unrelated third party or sell the firearms for the benefit of the defendant.

Details of the case at SCOTUSblog.

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Giving lawyers a bad name

Bottom-feeding lawyers are coming out of the woodwork, “Families Of Newtown Shooting Victims Sue Rifle Manufacturer“:

“The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. …”

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act should put a stop to this.

“… The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use and is unsuited for hunting or home defense. The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the United States military to meet the needs of changing warfare,” attorney Josh Koskoff said in a release. “In fact, one of the Army’s specifications for the AR-15 was that it has the capability to penetrate a steel helmet.” …”

Anyone can easily Google the history of the AR-15 and disprove this bullshit statement.

I would like to know who is financing this legal action.  It has to be Bloomberg or some antigun foundation, either directly or through a front like the Bradys.

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AD-98 race over

Another addendum to my Nov. 5 post: After a court battle NYSRPA-PVF endorsed Karl Brabenec won the AD-98 open seat by a mere 38 votes.

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Oral arguments heard today

Oral arguments will be heard this afternoon for both the NYSRPA v. Cuomo and Shew v. Malloy lawsuits in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in lower Manhattan.  Both sides get 10 minutes to speak to summarize their cases.

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Hope for national reciprocity

With the defeat of Mary Landrieu in Louisanna, the GOP now controls 54 seats in the Senate.  Add to that the largest Republican majority in the House in generations.

If Republicans were smart, and that is a big if, the new leadership will finally allow the national CCW reciprocity bill to come up for a vote in the Senate.   It would be a great way to pander to their base.  The legislation could be attached as an amendment to an unrelated appropriations bill to ensure that President Obama would sign it.  It does not need to be a prefect bill.  Forcing places like New York City to honor non-resident shall issue licenses would open the door to better resident carry laws as well as new lawsuits based on equal protection.

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Putnam firearm owners meeting

Some video clips from last Wednesday’s gun owners meeting in Putnam.

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