NRA in CD-19

It appears that NRA is going to endorse Nan Hayworth in CD-19.  They hired a “campaign field representative” who is trying to drum up support for her from area gun clubs.  There is no formal endorsement notice on either the PVF website or Hayworth’s campaign site.

Like we didn’t see this coming

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence endorsed Eric Schneiderman:

“… “No one in New York State has fought harder to protect the people of our state from gun violence than Eric Schneiderman,” said the group’s executive director, Jackie Hilly. “From his first days in the Senate when he kept the NRA out of our schools, to his recent bipartisan work with Mayor Bloomberg to help police solve gun crimes with microstamping technology, Eric has been in the forefront of the fight to keep illegal guns out of the hands of children and criminals.” …”

This means nothing.  NYAGV brings no money, manpower or GOTV ability to the table.  His endorsement by Alec Baldwin is worth more than this.

What gun activists need to learn

Robert Walker, the former head of Handgun Control (Brady Campaign), offers some advice to the enviro-nuts in this piece, “What climate activists need to learn from the NRA and the gun-control wars.”  Putting aside his obvious bias against the NRA, there’s some good stuff in there:

“… Remember: all politics is politics. It is not a debate competition. Elected officials must be persuaded by all means legal and ethical to vote for your position …”

Exactly.  Far too many gunnies spend their time trying to be right, whether it’s compiling facts about private gun ownership and crime or digging up quotes from the Founding Fathers, and not nearly enough time on how to actually implement their ideas.  Anyone who has ever seen the floor debates on gun bills in Albany knows that a rational discussion on the facts never comes up from the other side.  Why worry about it then?  There is nothing wrong with simply telling a legislator to vote your way or else you will work against them next election cycle.

“… Fight on all fronts. Congress is just one battlefield in a much larger theater of political conflict involving 536 elections, including the election of the president. If you are not fighting for the election of your friends and the defeat of your enemies at the ballot box, the battle for Congress is already lost. Your involvement in a campaign may or may not make a critical difference in the outcome of an election, but if your presence is not felt there, it will not be felt much in Congress either …”

I would add that a bottom-up approach is better than top-down, working and supporting candidates for local and state offices where gunnies can have the most immediate impact rather than for Congressional and Presidential candidates.

“… Fight behind enemy lines. Support on controversial issues tends to divide along party lines, but don’t let that stop you from recruiting and supporting a candidate on your issue who happens to be a member of the other party. In fact, getting involved in primary fights on the other side of the political aisle may be the single most effective thing you can do to change the political dynamic. Members of Congress will do almost anything — including voting for climate-change legislation — to avoid a serious primary challenge …”

Yep, and the reason for that is primary turnout is pathetic.  500 gunnies showing up to vote for a candidate for Assembly in November might be ignored when the average turnout is 35,000-40,000, but 500 gunnies showing up in September is a big deal when only 3500-4000 are expected to turnout.

“… Don’t fear to be feared. Progressive groups, including many supporters of climate-change legislation, love to be loved. The gun lobby doesn’t care if you don’t like it, so long as you fear it …”

I would have said respected, but the point is well taken.

“… Don’t get mad, get even … When I worked on gun issues, I ran into a lot of activists, particularly the victims and survivors of gun violence, who were incensed at Congress for its failure to adopt sensible gun laws.  The key was to channel that anger and frustration into constructive action, and we did that with the passage of the Brady Law and the federal assault-weapons ban … success is the best revenge …”

Yep.  Bob just leaves out that gunnies sure did get their revenge on Congress for passing both those unpopular laws in the ’94 elections and did it so well that 16 years later, an antigun President and a largely antigun leadership won’t even consider moving the antis agenda through Congress.

The best chance for revenge is at the ballot box.  Vote early, vote often, vote pro-gun.

Win some, lose some

The Post on Eric Schneiderman:

“If the liberal-leaning activist wing of the Democratic Party has a favorite in the race for attorney general, it’s Eric Schneiderman … Schneiderman has won backing from a potent lineup of liberal political groups, including the Empire State Pride Agenda, NARAL Pro-Choice and the health-care union 1199 SEIU. Such support follows 12 years in the state Senate during which the Upper West Side native gained a reputation as a staunch advocate for liberal causes, ranging from gun control to gay marriage to tax hikes on the rich …”

This hasn’t helped him in the money race nor with the big public unions.  His stance on gun control has gotten him nothing from the Brady’s and only $750 from two of NYAGVs directors. If gun control is so popular then where is the money, manpower and GOTV campaign from the antis?

Fed up with Dan Donovan

The Times Beacon Record talks with GOP AG candidate Dan Donovan:

“… Donovan does not toe the GOP line on all issues, listing microstamping bullets from semiautomatic handguns and the lawsuit filed against President Barack Obama’s health care plan by dozens of attorneys general across the country.  “I’m a believer in the second amendment,” Donovan declared, but he supported the so-far failed effort to require stamping bullet casings with ID numbers to trace their source in the event of a crime. “I got beat up” by upstate Republicans, he said, over his support of the proposal that passed the state Assembly but failed in the Senate. Donovan said microstamping would be a tool for law enforcement in combating crime …”

The only tool here is Donovan himself.  He didn’t just support microstamping, he did while standing next to one of the leading Democrat AG candidates outside the LOB/CAP.  Does he really think he’d get kudos from any Republican for being this dumb?

As to believing in the 2A, he openly opposed the pistol license reciprocity bill Congress considered last year:

“…Donovan pointed out the bill would more or less create a federal gun licensing scheme that would be determined by the rules of the state with the weakest regulations in place. He highlighted the state of Mississippi where people can carry concealed weapon permits without any training or shooting a pistol on a range, “The broad discretion afforded by the New York City Police Department to deny permits would be vitiated by this bill because those Mississippi permit holders could carry concealed firearms in New York City without any firearms training whatsoever …”

New York does not requiring any training either and it is a felony for an unlicensed person to even try a handgun under supervision at a range.  Licensing agents cannot require any sort of proficiency training as per an opinion issued by the state attorney general in the 70s.  His “belief” is pure B.S.

I was a big target shooter

Mayor Bloomberg was on the John Gambling show this morning:

“… Nothing wrong with the 2nd Amendment.  It’s the Constitution.  I used to have a rifle.  I was a big target shooter …”

Go to the WOR homepage, on the top of page under On Demand -> Podcasts on Demand.  The 8/13 show.

News of the day

The state legislature will return to Albany, again, for more budget follies.  Not sure exactly when they will be back.  I don’t think guns will be on the agenda.

Senator Joe Griffo wants to make the pistol license information private.  The Times Union argues that would be a bad idea.

Rick Lazio continues to implode:

“… Genesee County Republican leaders endorsed Buffalo real estate developer Carl Paladino for governor Wednesday as someone who can “turn things around” in a state plagued by budget woes, high taxes and a seeming lack of governmental response in Albany …”

The Brady Campaign endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign:

“… “We want the people of New York to know that we enthusiastically support Senator Gillibrand’s campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign said in a release emailed by her campaign …”

Cerberus Capital Management, which bought out Remington and other gun makers, has not made much money on the deals as of yet according to Businessweek.

Taxpayers party

It appears the Paladino people  have obtained enough signatures to create a “Taxpayers” party line ensuring that one way or another Carl Paladino will be on the November ballot.  Right now I don’t believe Paladino has enough support to take the GOP line from Rick Lazio, but Lazio has nowhere to go but down.  People do not like him and his support among the GOP has been faltering.  I can see him losing next month.

Getting back to the “Taxpayers” ticket:

“… The line, known as the “Taxpayers” party, is aimed at ending the supremacy of the venerable Conservative Party, which has been a must-have line for any successful statewide Republican in New York for decades … [Michael] Long dismissed Paladino’s campaign aimed at ending the party’s influence. “I think that’s a very sad commentary on a person if he really believes in the future of New York,” he said. “The Conservative Party is not an overnight party. We’ve been around 48 years.” …”

Knocking out the CP would be a blessing.  They have long (pun intended) since abandoned principles, especially on the Second Amendment.  That isn’t sitting well with all CP members as Erie Co. chairman Ralph Lorgio is challenging Lazio for that line too, although he does not have the money Paladino has at his disposal.