Yet another reason to use Android

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has started a campaign to get Apple to drop gun emojis from the iPhone.  They have a website and Twitter handle.


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We already know your position

Former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala announced her intention to run for the Senate seat vacated by Tom Libous.

She refused to take a public position on the SAFE Act.

Not a problem as we already know what she thinks about guns.

And now everybody does too.

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Friedman/ISRA v. City of Highland Park

Plaintiffs in the case of Arie Friedman and Illinois State Rifle Association verses the City of Highland Park have filed a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court.

This is the black gun case ahead of the NYSRPA and CCDL lawsuits.

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Gibson considering run

It’s no secret that Congressman Chris Gibson is considering running for Governor in ’18.  He is not running for re-election to Congress next year.

Gun rights would be part of his campaign:

“Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of New York may run for governor in 2018, citing gun rights as a core issue.  When it comes to combating crime, the congressman said Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York that he believes in “deterrence through the Second Amendment.” …”

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Cuomo’s choice

Governor Cuomo announced his choice to for Tom Libous’ seat, former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala.

She was a member of the MAIG spinoff County Executives Against Illegal Guns when they formed back in ’08.

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Elect good judges

Residents are finding out the local St. Lawrence county pistol license law is largely worthless:

“A St. Lawrence County Court judge’s decision to deny requests for lifting restrictions on pistol permits has left county pistol owners in a tizzy.  Following a June 1, 14-1 vote by county legislators for a new local law that loosens rules regarding who is eligible to obtain an unrestricted carry-and-conceal pistol license, county pistol owners said they continue to be denied by County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards …”

That is because state law makes judges the local licensing authority, not the county legislature.  Unless granted home rule authority by the state legislature (which they weren’t), the county legislature does not have the authority to make up it’s own rules good or bad.  Judge Richards knows that and continues to do as he pleases.

I have received a bunch of complaints about him over the years and told those people their only choice is find an opponent and remove him when he’s up for re-election.  Instead, Richards ran unopposed last year for another 10 year term.

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Karma keeps appointment with the GOP

As I said, Senate Republicans turning a blind eye to corruption would eventually catch up with them.

Today it did:

Sen. Thomas Libous, the state Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a Southern Tier political institution for more than two decades, was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI, a felony that will force his removal from office.  A jury found Libous, 62, guilty of lying to federal investigators during a 2010 interview at his state Capitol office about an alleged scheme to use his influence to get his son a job at a politically connected Westchester County law firm  …”

And with his removal, Republicans no longer have a majority in the State Senate.

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Only in New York

Nowhere other than New York will you find stuff like this:

“As he fights federal corruption charges, now-former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, has so far avoided paying for his attorneys with funds from his political campaign, a popular payment mechanism for lawmakers and state officials facing legal troubles.  Some of his self-identified allies, however, have launched a new effort to cover his legal bill.  A website for The Skelos Family Legal Defense Fund popped up recently, soliciting contributions to pay for Skelos and his son’s representation in federal court …”

But that’s not all:

“… The state Senate Republican Campaign Committee shoveled $50,000 into the re-election coffers of its disgraced former leader, Dean Skelos, just two weeks after he was busted on a corruption rap, rec­ords released Wednesday reveal …”

God bless Tammany Hall.

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Clown candidates

Newsflash: Nobody gives a crap about George Pataki:

“… Pataki’s campaign raised only $255,795 through June 30, a paltry amount compared to the frontrunners who will be among the 10 leading candidates appearing in the first Republican presidential debate Aug. 6 in Cleveland.  His filing with the Federal Election Commission doesn’t indicate he has any paid campaign staff.  And he was renting only two campaign offices in Manhattan and Manchester, N.H. …”

Meanwhile former Congressman John Dingel delivers this epic putdown to The Donald:

I expect Pataki will drop out first, while The Donald will hold on until sometime next year as his money and mouth will keep him going until the early primaries at least.

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SAFE working in Syracuse

Shootings are way up in Syracuse.

I blame SAFE and call for area legislators to repeal it.

Not expecting a response from any of those guys.

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