Grasping at straws

Richard Aborn admitted he is the underdog in the campaign to become Manhattan D.A. so he’s trying a desperate attack on his opponent Cy Vance.  From today’s Daily News, “Critics put DA candidate Cy Vance Jr. under gun for campaign contribution to opponent of gun control“:

“Manhattan district attorney candidate Cy Vance Jr. – who lived in Seattle for 16 years – donated money to a Republican there who fought against gun control. An examination of Vance’s time in Seattle showed he gave $1,000 in 1998 to Christopher Bayley, a GOP Senate candidate who attacked the incumbent Democrat for supporting mandatory trigger locks and a ban on semiautomatic firearms. Bayley, a former prosecutor in the Seattle area, sent gun owners across the state literature backing a proposal to let visitors to Washington state carry a concealed pistol if they had an out-of-state license …”

Too bad Bayley isn’t running for Manhattan D.A.

“… Richard Aborn, one of Vance’s opponents in the Democratic primary, jumped on Vance’s support of Bayley, calling it wrongheaded. “Manhattan residents can be assured that anti-choice, anti-gun control, anti-affirmative action zealots running for office will never have my support,” Aborn said …”

Of course Aborn’s going to jump on this. What else does he have to talk about?  The fact he hasn’t tried a case since the early 90s?

Plaxico pleads gulity

It appears Plaxico Burress isn’t a big enough celebrity to totally ignore the Sullivan Law, but he was able to plead guilty to a lesser charge:

“Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge on Thursday and agreed to a two-year prison sentence … Burress agreed to a deal in which he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, which is less severe than the two counts of criminal possession and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment …”

Schneiderman goes shooting

Eric Schneiderman goes to the range (center, David Valesky at right.)

From the press release:

“… “The Senate Codes Committee deals with law enforcement and criminal justice related legislation, which impact communities and constituents across Central New York,” said Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate. “I wanted to bring Senator Schneiderman here so people had the chance to speak to him about issues like anti-gang violence programs, illegal gun trafficking and also responsible gun ownership, and share their unique Central Upstate New York perspective.” …”

I don’t think Eric cares about the unique CNY perspective.

“… “I want to thank Senator Valesky for giving me the opportunity to engage in a productive dialogue with the people of Central New York on criminal justice issues. All stakeholders in this conversation – sportsmen and women, law enforcement officials and anti-illegal gun advocates — must have a seat at the table,” said Senator Schneiderman …”

All stakeholders?  Then why didn’t anyone from the R&P or NRA get an invitation?

“… “I am confident that more discussions like these will illuminate the areas where we can all find common ground, while promoting greater appreciation of the different public safety concerns of communities across the state.” …”

It’s far more likely that you’re hoping you can convince the Fudds to go along with your gun control schemes just like Pataki did in 2000 with his semi-auto ban.

Bloomberg: Lose some, win some

Bloomberg’s mayors group lost a supporter when Village of Walton Hills, Ohio Mayor Marlene Anielski dropped out of the coalition after realizing it was a gun control group, not an anti-crime effort.

However, he might get a replacement in the form of Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian.  It is my understanding Jerry Jennings has been lobbying for him to join up with MAIG.

Special election in AD-38

Governor Paterson called for a special election to be held on September 15 in Assembly District 38 in Queens.  The candidates are Mike Miller (D) and Donna Marie Caltabiano (R).  It’s about a 3-1 Democrat district and would be an uphill battle for the GOP to take it.

Richard Aborn on renewable pistol licenses

Business owner will not be charged

Gus will not be charged for shooting the thugs.  He legally owned the shotgun.  Darn good shooting, too.  Took out all four with three shots and didn’t even get out of his chair.

News of the day

Some more on yesterday’s shooting by a businessman in Harlem from the Daily News and New York Times.

The 2nd Circuit Court ruled in favor of a Bronx gun shop owner who claimed her constitutional rights were violated in a search and seizure of her store following a post-9/11 security crackdown by the NYPD.

A Mount Vernon City Council candidate had his gun confiscated after police found him passed out drunk with his rosco sticking out.

Hunting licenses go on sale Monday.

Upcoming shooting events in the Southern Tier.

Business owner takes out 4 thugs

Armed Citizen in Harlem via the New York Times:

“A 72-year-old Harlem business owner used a shotgun to blast four men who tried to rob his restaurant-supply business Thursday afternoon, killing two and sending two others to the hospital with gunshot wounds … The police said that the four would-be robbers entered the business and announced that they were robbing it. One of them took out a Glock 9-mm pistol and started to pistol-whip a 33-year-old employee inside the store. The owner then took out a shotgun and opened fire, striking the four men … The police said they did not believe the shotgun — a Winchester 12-gauge pump shotgun with a pistol grip handle — had been registered, as city law requires. The police also recovered the pistol used by the would-be robber. Calls about the shooting began coming in at 3:09 p.m. One man died at the scene and a second, who was taken to at St. Luke’s Hospital at 3:22 p.m., later died of his injuries. A third man injured in the shooting walked into St. Luke’s — which is about 12 blocks to the south of the business, in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan — with gunshot injuries. The fourth man was found nearby with gunshot wounds, the police said …”

NY1 has additional video coverage of this story.