Everytown lobbyists in Albany

Everytown has retained Ostroff Associates to lobby in Albany for gun control during the 2019-20 session.  Their compensation is $10,000 per month.

Aside from advocating “gun violence prevention” they specifically pushed for A-2684, A-2689 and A-2690 which were all part of the Governor’s gun control package.

Winning politically

Harold Hutchison writes at Ammoland:

“With all the threats of “red flag” laws and criticism about the NRA, maybe we need to take a look at what the bigger picture is showing. It is always easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, but you sometimes have to take a step back – and a look at the big picture shows that Second Amendment supporters have been winning the arguments …”

Winning arguments is not the same as winning at the ballot box.  Case in point, Governor Cuomo.

“… For starters, let’s look at Andrew Cuomo. His track record of wrongfully blaming and trying to punish law-abiding gun owners is very extensive. He’s tried so many times to use back door approaches to get the types of policies he has wanted, whether through quarterbacking lawsuits against gun manufacturers or by his abuse of financial regulations to target the NRA … The fact that he is not trying to persuade people to see things his way but instead choosing to try and bully his political opposition into silence speaks volumes. One does not do this if they are winning an argument on the merits …”

Cuomo isn’t trying to win based upon the merits of his arguments.  All he, and most other gun control advocates, care about is winning elections so they are able to implement their legislative agenda.  This is why it is pointless to debate them.  Gun owners should ignore them and focus solely upon defeating them at election time.

Banning hunting

WIBX reports:

“Bills to outlaw competitive hunting competitions in New York State could become law this year if a handful of legislators in the Assembly and the Senate have their way. The bill, A-722, has been introduced in the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee every year since 2003; however, with a now Democratic controlled Senate, this is the first time a similar bill was introduced in the Senate [S-4253]…”

Fudds ought to take this seriously.  There have been bills introduced for years that would banning all hunting by redefining cruelty to animals.  City legislators don’t care about hunting as there isn’t any in their urban districts.  Having sat in lobbying meetings with Fudds represented, I know legislators have no respect for them as they never, ever back up their positions.


Tuesday’s Newsbits:





Gillibrand: ‘I should have done more’

This video explains why there is no support for her presidential bid:

Simon follows Morelle’s lead

In a follow-up to last month’s call by Joe Morelle for gun dealers to follow security standards, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon introduced a new bill A-6661 which requires (at a minimum) all firearms to be locked in a display case, safe or vault except when being shown to a customer one gun at a time.

No Senate companion yet.


Friday’s Newsbits:




Not a left-right issue

I generally ignore stuff like this, but Jeff Knox‘s comment in this New York Times article is spot-on:

“… Last September, the National Rifle Association’s famously combative spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, provoked widespread outrage when she took to the gun group’s streaming service to mock ethnic diversity on the popular children’s program “Thomas & Friends,” portraying the show’s talking trains in Ku Klux Klan hoods. Now, growing unease over the site’s inflammatory rhetoric, and whether it has strayed too far from the N.R.A.’s core gun-rights mission, has put its future in doubt … Ms. Loesch has emerged as NRATV’s most visible host, deriding gun-control advocates as “tragedy-dry-humping whores” and vowing to combat the left with what she called the “clenched fist of truth” … Grant Stinchfield, a host, claimed that “all radicalized terrorists are Muslims,” overlooking mass shooters like Dylann Roof, who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. Such far-ranging commentary has raised questions among some N.R.A. members about the scope of the organization’s messaging. “The N.R.A. shouldn’t be putting this out,” said Jeff Knox, an N.R.A. member who runs the Firearms Coalition, a smaller advocacy organization. “It’s not gun rights; it’s red meat for the hard right.” … “Why are we getting so involved in left-right politics instead of sticking close to our issue, the Second Amendment?” the younger Mr. Knox asked….”

Jeff is correct.

One of the best things NRA did was hiring Cam Edwards to host NRA News.  He presents a positive face of the organization to the public.  Loesch and Stinchfield do the exact opposite.  They are an embarrassment.  I am a big supporter of confrontational politics, but that is not synonymous with being an asshole.

From the 3rd Circuit Court

This could be good news for gun rights if any more New Jersey gun laws are challenged on 2A grounds.

Lock N Load radio

I was a guest on Bill Frady’s Lock N Load podcast Episode 29 and discussed passage of the recent gun control bills.

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His radio broadcast airs on WYSL in Rochester.

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