Why does Shannon Watts still have a job?

Sebastian notes that Shannon Watts spewed some idiocy to The Hill on suppressors and that has got me wondering why on earth does Mike Bloomberg keep her on the payroll?

With a background in public relations I understand why Bloomberg hired her in the first place, but she is so hilariously bad at presenting her case that I cannot believe even the most ardent gun control proponents see her as an asset to the cause.

Michael Bloomberg is not a stupid man.  He is a self-made billionaire with keen business sense who did not make all that money by making bad decisions.  Even if he’s porking her, I cannot figure out what positive aspects he believes she brings to the table.

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Huntington Supervisor’s race

A bunch of state legislators are running for local offices this year where they can make as much if not more money for less effort.

Newsday reports on the latest of these, “Huntington GOP picks assemblyman to run for town supervisor“:

“The Huntington Republican Committee has selected Assemb. Chad Lupinacci to run for town supervisor. Lupinacci (R-Huntington) will face Democratic contender Tracey Edwards, who sits on the town board …”

I have nothing on Edwards and frankly don’t care.  Lupinacci sold out gun owners and voted for the SAFE Act so screw him.  Support Edwards in this race.

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Unhelpful hysteria

Breitbart reports, “NY Dem Pushes Bill Labeling Traditional Guns as ‘Child Operated Firearms’“:

New York State Senator José M. Serrano (D-29) is pushing legislation that will require retailers to label a traditional gun which lacks a disabling device as a “child operated firearm.” The legislation–Senate Bill S3444–then bans the sale of any “child operated firearm.” …”

Some hysteria from NRA-ILA, “New York City Lawmaker Proposes New Gun Ban“:

“The term “childproof handgun” sounds innocuous enough, but like most of New York’s unworkable gun control laws, the devil is in the details. Sen. Jose Serrano (D-Bronx) is the mastermind behind S.3444, which is as far-fetched as microstamping, “smart guns” and ammunition background check databases. Undeterred by failure after failure, anti-gun lawmakers in the New York Senate are back pitching more gun control …”

Serrano is not the mastermind behind the bill. It has been around since long before he first took office.  It is one of the batch of antigun program bills that are reintroduced every year.  It’s good for gun owners to keep in contact with their elected representatives, but the wording of NRA’s alert is not helpful.

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Pick Schroeder in Buffalo race

It’s official, there will be no Republican candidate for Mayor of Buffalo.  Whomever wins the Democrat primary will be the next Mayor.  The Democrat candidates are incumbent Mayor Byron Brown, Comptroller Mark Schroeder and County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.

I’ve already covered the first two, as to Grant here is her record on the issue:

Knowing this, Schroeder is the clear choice for gun voters.  Second choice is debatable, but I’d give Brown preference over Grant.

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H.R. 2620

NRA just sent out an alert over the introduction of H.R.2620 which removes the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal firearms law.  It has 38 original sponsors including Rep. Chris Collins.

Collins has a mixed record on guns starting out years ago as a member of the Bloomberg-proxy County Executives Against Illegal Guns, but has shifted more towards the 2A side as his political career progressed.  I still don’t trust him on the issue, but at least he is point in the right direction now.

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Curran v. Martins

Assemblyman Charles Lavine has dropped out of the race for Nassau County Executive and endorsed his Democrat opponent Laura Curran.

She still has to get past George Maragos in a Democrat primary, but I don’t think that will be a problem. That would make the general election a choice between Curran and Republican Jack Martins.

Both of them stink on ice, but you have to pick one, so go with Curran to stick it to Martins’ for his vote on the SAFE Act.

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Vote for Boyle’s opponent

Senator Phil Boyle was endorsed yesterday by the Suffolk County Republican’s to run for county sheriff.  He already had the Conservative Party endorsement.

Incumbent Vincent DeMarco is not running for re-election so vote for whomever the Democrats end up with as their nominee.  Doesn’t matter who it is.  Boyle is a piece of garbage.

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SCOTUS on gerrymandering

Gun owners spend a lot of time thinking about the next gun case SCOTUS will take up but there is another issue pending in the courts that could have a big impact especially in New York.  See The Hill’s article, Will the Supreme Court draw the line on gerrymandering?

Roughly 95% of our state legislature is re-elected every cycle in large part due to decades of gerrymandering which have made all but a handful of races competitive.  Since both chambers have to agree on district lines the majorities in each draw the districts to favor the party in power, Democrats in the Assembly and Republicans in the Senate.

If SCOTUS were to issue a decision that invalidates gerrymandering and New York was forced to redraw districts fairly it would impact gun rights in two ways:

First, there would be more competitive elections than there are now increasing opportunities for political action.  That’s good.

Second, it would in all likelihood wipe out the Senate Republicans.  That’s bad, but since it is only a matter of time before that happens anyway, it isn’t such a big deal.

Knowing this, I think this could be a plus for us.

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DCCC challenger for Tom Reed

The DCCC is targeting New York Republicans:

“These days it’s easier to say who the Democratic Congressional Committee isn’t targeting. The committee is actively recruiting candidates and fundraising against every Republican member of Congress in New York with the exception of Long Island Representative Peter King … Of the 79 Republican seats currently targeted, eight are in New York …”

A challenger for Tom Reed has emerged:

“… Rick Gallant, a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area, announced that he will challenge Reed next year in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, which covers much of the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes … This will be the third consecutive election in which the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted Reed, who won by wide margins both times nevertheless … Asked about gun control – another issue important in the district – he said: “I am all for responsible gun ownership.” Part of that, though, would be legislation keeping guns out of the hands of the seriously mentally ill, he added …”

That caveat means he’ll support the Bloomberg gun control agenda.

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Guy buyback memo

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj has circulated a memo asking for support for his so-called gun buyback bill, A-7903.

Gun buyback memo

Even the most antigun member of the Clown Council called B.S. on buybacks a couple of years ago:

“… “It’s always good to get guns off the street — I think getting any gun is good,” said City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn). “But I don’t know if they’re the most effective way to deal with gun violence.” … “Sometimes you may get guns that are inoperable. You may get some rifles — guns that are not really used in the type of gun violence in the city we’re going after,” said Williams …”

H/T: David DiPietro for the memo.

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