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It comes down to math

One of the most important subjects in school is math.

You would think that teachers would have a basic understanding of arithmetic:

“The American Federation of Teachers has threatened to pull its business from Wells Fargo unless it severs ties with the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers, but so far the bank is resisting. “We’re issuing Wells Fargo an ultimatum,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a Saturday statement. “They can have a mortgage market that includes America’s teachers, or they can continue to do business with the NRA and gun manufacturers. They can’t do both.” …”

Weingarten flunked basic algebra:

“… Wells Fargo’s financial relationship with gun makers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union. The American Federation of Teachers on Thursday notified the San Francisco-based financial giant that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage lender for the national education union’s 1.7 million members …”

NRA has ~5.5 million voluntary dues paying members compared with AFT’s involuntary 1.7 million members and 5.5 is more than 1.7.

Cue Nelson Muntz.

Intimidation

Gun control advocates have long tried to intimidate gun owners especially NRA members.

Here are a couple of recent examples of the more egregious behavior.

First, as a follow up to the FNRA protest in Rockland:

Next, Governor Cuomo tries going after banks:

“Gov. Cuomo’s administration is urging banks and insurance companies in New York to reconsider any ties they have to the gun industry … the state’s top financial services regulator warns banks and insurers of the “reputational risk” they incur by doing business with the National Rifle Association and the gun industry. The letter from Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo does not threaten to impose any penalties on institutions that maintain ties with the gun industry, but notes the public outcry that followed the recent shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Fla. …”

Takes big balls for the Governor to do this considering New York’s reputation as the national leader in government corruption including Cuomo’s personal cronies.

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Astroturf protesters outside FNRA fundraiser

Proof they’re astroturf. The first guy they interviewed is from the Rockland Democrat Committee holding a professionally made sign.

A.G. Schneiderman on White Plains “gun buyback”

Spending resources wisely

Being effective in politics means spending resources, time, effort and money, wisely.

This does not tick off any of those boxes:

“… Second Amendment supporters will host their own rally in Albany this coming Saturday April 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Empire State Plaza. The event is part of the nationwide “Americans for America: National 2nd Amendment Rights Rally,” said Garry Hoffman, director of law enforcement relations at Gun Owners of America: New York, a pro-Second Amendment organization …”

This is doomed to failure from the get-go.  I know this because the legislature is not in session on the weekends and none of them are going to see it.  Out of sight, out of mind.

What rally organizers fail to grasp is that all the legislators care about is themselves and anyone who can help or hurt them at election time.  Does holding a rally outside empty office buildings help or hinder someone’s election plans?  No.

Instead of wasting effort on this nonsense, here is an alternative: Hold a fundraiser for a pro-gun candidate and charge the price of a box or two of ammo as admission.

For example, Claudia Tenney has been outspoken in her support of 2A in Congress and she is in a tough re-election campaign against Anthony Brindisi who has been endorsed by the Giffords gun control group.  Helping her out with a shoot or BBQ would go a lot farther in support of 2A than holding up signs on a stick outside the CAP/LOB that nobody is going to see.

Quack doctors advocate for gun control

Link to WHEC.

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Give Nick a call

If Republican Julie Killian thinks that advocating for more gun control is going to win her votes in the April 24 special election I suggest she give former Senator Nick Spano a call to see how well that worked out for him. Even after doing exactly what they wanted, NYAGV directors donated his opponent.

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