Lewis v. Cuomo

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Gunsense Karen running against Suozzi

Congressman Tom Suozzi is no friend of the 2A.

He is in a Democrat primary next month against Melanie D’Arrigo.

From her campaign website:

“Thoughts and prayers haven’t stopped the rampant gun violence in our country. We need meaningful action. I support Common Sense Gun Safety Laws to ensure our families are safe from those who intend to do us harm. That includes expanding background checks, closing gun show loopholes, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enacting a federal red flag law and implementing a national licensing program. As a volunteer for Moms Demand Action, I am proud to be acknowledged as one of their Gun Sense Candidates for 2020.”

Her picture looks like she wants to speak to the manager about this.

Gunsense Karen

Latest FEC reports show she has about $60,000 in cash on hand compared with Suozzi’s $2.2 million.

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Prohibiting the advertisement of firearms as “combat weapons”

Just because the legislature is in recess does not mean new legislation isn’t being introduced.

Case in point, S-8297, Prohibits the advertisement of firearms as combat weapons; exempts the advertisement of such rifles, shotguns, or firearms for the purposes of recreation, hunting, self-defense or other legal uses of such firearms.

From the Justification statement:

In the context of gun violence, the marketing of firearms contributes to the glorification of violence by advertising militaristic or combative characteristics of weapons.

In the case of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting where 20 children and 7 adults were killed, the victims’ families assert the marketing of the specific rifle was done in an unethical and inappropriate manner, which incited violence by extolling militaristic and assaultive characteristics of the firearm. It is argued that the marketing of the weapon for “offensive assault missions” perpetuated a means for extreme violence. The marketing of the firearm as a combat weapon may have directly contributed to the misuse of the weapon as a means of perpetrating a mass shooting.

In 2017, a study by Corey H. Basch of the New Jersey Department of Health cited that exposure to regularly violent content translates to aggressive behavior. During short term exposure to such violence, a certain cognitive “priming” occurs that creates an instinctive response to mimic observed violent behavior.

Through an act that establishes guidelines on how firearms may be marketed for legal use, we may be able to assist in engaging in the fight against gun violence and the misuse of firearms. Marketing firearms as militaristic combat weapons, rather than for sporting, self-defense, and hunting may directly influence the illegal misuse of said weapons. As lawmakers, we must ensure the safety and wellbeing of New Yorkers by prohibiting incendiary advertisements of weapons as deadly combat weapons.

Antigunners are the ones who most often refer to firearms, any firearm, as “combat weapons” or “assault weapons.”

From the bill text:

“NO PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION ENGAGED IN THE RETAIL BUSINESS OF SELLING RIFLES, SHOTGUNS OR FIREARMS, AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION 265.00 OF THE PENAL LAW, SHALL ADVERTISE SUCH RIFLES, SHOTGUNS OR FIREARMS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BY MEANS OF ADVERTISEMENTS IN PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, BY RADIO OR TELEVISION, OR BY ELECTRONIC MEDIA DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENTS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF OFFENSIVE ASSAULT OR HOMICIDE OR OTHER RELATED OFFENSES PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE OF THE PENAL LAW.”

Who does this? Has anyone, anywhere ever seen an advertisement that goes like: “Glock. Reliability for when you got to bust a cap in your neighbor’s ass.

It is worth noting that the bill’s sponsor Senator Alessandra Biaggi is the granddaughter of the notorious Congressman Mario Biaggi of “cop-killer bullet” fame who spent his political career pushing gun control right up to the point where he was charged and convicted of corruption.

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Push Abinanti out

The Hudson Independent reports that incumbent Assemblyman Tom Abinanti will face challenger Jen­nifer Williams in next month’s Democrat primary in AD-92.

Abinanti has a history of sponsoring antigun legislation going back to his time in the county legislature. Williams is not pro-gun, but that does not matter. Incumbents must know they will pay a price at election time for carrying gun control bills. If an incumbent does not support 2A, vote for their opponent no matter who they are.

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Newsbits

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Angelino for Assembly video

Joe Angelino is running for Assembly in the 122nd District.

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Moving on up

The coronavirus has some unintended consequences:

“The coronavirus pandemic and quarantine has made life difficult for people living in New York City, with little space to roam. As a result, real estate brokers say they have seen a major increase in people looking to leave New York City for life in the suburbs. “There is a real fear that people have right now that’s translating into a desire to be outside the city,” said Richard Stoll with Murphy Realty in Kingston. The interest is in suburbs north of the city, like the Hudson Valley …”

All counties south of Albany except for Putnam already have Democrat voter enrollment advantages.  This is the final nail in the coffin for the NYGOP.

Gun owners must get involved with Democrat party politics, attend their events, participate in their candidate selection process, to have any hope for a restoration of 2A rights in the state.

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Phillips on SCOTUS decision

While Republican “leaders” like Nick Langworthy have been silent about it, the Rome Sentinel printed George Phillips’ remarks on the recent SCOTUS decision in their weekly campaign roundup:

“Republican congressional candidate George Phillips took aim at the U.S. Supreme Court’s “moot” ruling on New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, a law that prevented gun owners from taking their weapons from home to shooting ranges, saying the court should have explored issues raised in it even though the city later withdrew the specific restriction. The majority of the court declared the gun owners challenge moot and did not address the original law on its merits. “The fact that the United States Supreme Court failed to fully consider this case and decide in favor of clear Constitutional Second Amendment rights is simply appalling,” Phillips said in a statement. “I agreed with the dissent of Justice Alito who said considering whether or not New York City’s rule is a violation of 2nd Amendment rights is ‘not a close call.’” …”

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Simple solution

The Post reports, “Coronavirus crime worries are making New Yorkers want guns“:

“With thousands of cops out sick, cocky criminals on the loose, and people running out of money for food and rent because of COVID-19, the Rosario sisters of Staten Island want to arm themselves for what they fear could be a coming crime surge. Nicole Rosario, 35, a stay-at-home mother, is angry that she can’t get a gun. “It’s my constitutional right,” she said. “But that doesn’t seem to matter. I live in New York which means it’s impossible. That’s crazy and unfair.” … forget about even applying for a firearm permit in NYC; the NYPD has closed its licensing office. Rosario’s sister Christine, 32, is going to ask her boyfriend to move in with her because he already has a gun.” …”

The time to buy a gun is before you need it.

The solution to her dilemma is simple: Stop voting for people who push gun control.

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Engel endorsed by anti-gun group

Another incumbent with problems back home gets Brady’s endorsement:

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel picked up an endorsement last month from Brady: United Against Gun Violence, in his bid to keep his seat in Washington. “Eliot Engel has championed gun violence prevention throughout his time in Congress, working to make New York and all of our communities safer,” said Kris Brown, president of the gun violence prevention organization, in a release. “Rep. Engel has shown that he understands the need to prevent gun violence in all of its forms. He is an essential partner in this work who is not afraid to act.” Engel authored the Safe Gun Storage Act that provided more regulations for how firearms are stored, and was a co-sponsor of a bipartisan background checks bill, dedicating his vote to two people in Westchester County who were killed by gun violence …”

Engel faces four challengers in next month’s CD-16 Democrat primary. Those include Jamaal Bowman:

Andom Ghebreghiorgis who proudly proclaims to be a 2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate on his campaign website.

Chris Fink, who has a lengthy screed of antigun talking points including raising the purchase age to 21 as part of his “Guns Off Our Streets” plan.

Sammy Ravelo who claims to want to “Protect the rights of gun owners to own rifles, shotguns, and handguns for hunting, sport, and home protection” while at the same time regurgitating the current gun control agenda.

With this in mind the only viable voting option is:

  1. Vote again Engel to poison Brady’s endorsement.
  2. Vote against Ghebreghiorgis to poison Moms endorsement.
  3. Make a bad decision on the rest.
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