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Possible GOP sellout coming #2

NYSRPA - 7 March 2018 - 11:46am

New York Republicans never learn that there is nothing to be gained by caving in to Democrats and fringe-Left special interests.

Exhibit A:

Republican Sen. Elaine Phillips on Tuesday in a statement endorsed taking action on specific gun control measures, including a ban on possessing bump stocks in New York and classifying mass shootings as an act of terrorism.  Phillips, a Long Island lawmaker, also backed a measure that would tighter restrictions on gun ownership for those who are convicted of domestic abuse, which gun control supporters consider to be a loophole in federal law …”

Exhibit B:

Republican Sen. John Bonacic in an interview Tuesday said he would be open to considering specific gun control legislation such as bans on bump stocks and extending the waiting period to purchase a gun so a more extensive background check is conducted. “These requests in my mind are reasonable,” Bonacic said. “Those are a couple of things that I’m going to be advocating in my conference.” …”

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They’re all right

NYSRPA - 7 March 2018 - 11:34am

Some media coverage on the floor debate over S-7847:

“… But tempers flared over a measure to issue a new state license plate, called the “Guardians for Schools” plate. It would raise money to help pay for armed guards at schools, mental health counseling and security cameras at schools. Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat from Manhattan, called the bill “meaningless.” “It is so harebrained to think that we are actually attempting to address the serious issue of gun violence with a new license plate,” Hoylman said. “I am compelled to vote no.” …”

Hoylman is right.  The license plate idea is dumb.

“… The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco from Schenectady, was angered by the remarks. He accused Democrats of having a double standard. He said the Democrats do not object to armed guards at the State Capitol, yet some Democrats voted against the school safety enhancement measures. “Hypocrites! Shameless!” Tedisco shouted. “You want our law enforcement officials in the LOB (Legislative Office Building) and the Capitol to protect you, but don’t put them in the schools.” …”

Tedisco is right.  Democrats are hypocritical over armed guards.

“… Senate Deputy Democratic Leader Michael Gianaris, from Queens, called the license plate bill “embarrassing” in the face of the mass shootings, but said he’s reluctantly a supporter.  “I hope it makes you happy at the end of the day,” Gianaris said. “Because you are doing nothing to protect our children with this nonsense.” …”

Gianaris is right.  The bill is an embarrassment.  So is all the gun control crap the Democrat conference wants.

The reality is that neither the Republicans nor Democrats are the least bit interested in addressing the issue seriously.  In the end all we have a perfect example of why the New York state legislature is the poster-child for incompetence and corruption in government.

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I was right

NYSRPA - 2 March 2018 - 2:31pm

Last week I said I didn’t believe these student protests in support of gun control were genuine.

David Hines at The Federalist confirms this:

“… On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.  The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager …”

The whole thing is a fraud.

Having established that, why on earth does Chris Murphy think Democrats can gain at the ballot box pushing gun control?  You need a genuine grassroots for that to happen and it is clear the antis do not have that.

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They’re not serious either

NYSRPA - 2 March 2018 - 10:08am

More political theater in Congress:

“… At a news conference, Schumer laid out a three-point Democratic plan to push forward on guns … At the top of the list is expanded background checks, closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” … Gillibrand took a more aggressive posture on the assault-weapons ban than Schumer, saying Wednesday that a military-style semiautomatic rifle such as the AR-15 … “has no place in the civilian world.” Schumer also pushed forward on letting family members and friends petition courts to take away guns from individuals shown to be a danger to themselves or others … “

This stuff is DOA and they know it.

Republicans are moving on:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is moving to banking reform legislation — not gun control … next week in the Senate … After that, McConnell hopes to move to legislation addressing sex trafficking, according to GOP sources … A Senate GOP aide said a limited bill to strengthen background checks for firearms purchases could come to the floor at any moment as soon as Democrats agree to let it move forward … “We tried to get it cleared yesterday, but the Democratic leader objected,” McConnell said …”

S-2135 has 49 bi-partisan co-sponsors.  What’s up with the bill?

Ed Morrissey notes Fix-NICS would likely pass

“… Fix-NICS would almost certainly pass for two reasons. One: It addresses an actual problem that actually contributed to a mass shooting … Two, and more importantly: Fix-NICS doesn’t intrude on the right to bear arms …”

… and Democrats don’t really want that:

“… “A lot of us have a feeling that 2018 is going to be the first year in which this issue is a true liability to Republicans who refuse to break from the NRA at all,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who organized the meeting. “We also want to make sure that all of these new entrants into the issue stick with us into the elections. I’ve never had a meeting like this before with that many members of Congress and every anti-gun-violence group.” …”

Murphy still believes gun control groups will be able deliver votes around their issues despite having never been able to do that before.

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New York law hurts gun manufacturers

NYSRPA - 2 March 2018 - 8:20am

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Reaction Mixed To NY Democrats’ Gun Bills

NYSRPA - 1 March 2018 - 12:28pm

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They’re not serious

NYSRPA - 28 February 2018 - 5:10pm

Some political theater today in Albany:

“The state Senate’s Democratic Conference fell short in an attempt Wednesday to force a vote in their chamber on a series of gun-safety bills intended to augment the 2013 SAFE Act … [Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins]  and 20 members of her conference subsequently entered the Senate chamber and began pushing their legislation on the floor in a series of what are known as hostile amendments – attaching their legislation to an unrelated bill on organ donations. But when the Democrats asked for a vote by a show of hands, however, they fell short — even with eight votes of support from members of the Independent Democratic Conference — as Republicans in control of the chamber declined to support the measures …”

I knew this was coming.  I also knew it was going to fail because the Governor wasn’t behind it:

On a conference call, @NYGovCuomo is less than enthused bythe push by some in his own party to further strengthen NY’s gun control laws. Cuomo seems content with his 2013 law, the SAFE Act. Says sure, he could support it. If he reads the bills.

— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) February 28, 2018

If Cuomo gets behind one or more of the bills the Republican Senators will cave.

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Lawmakers push for gun control

NYSRPA - 27 February 2018 - 7:39pm

Another dog-and-pony show at the Capitol today pushing the same bunch of bills announced earlier this month:

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Possible GOP sell out coming

NYSRPA - 27 February 2018 - 7:24pm

This I do not like:

“… GOP lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon to not rule out taking up new gun control legislation. “I think that everything has to be on the table,” said Sen. Fred Akshar, a Republican from the Southern Tier region. “Protecting our children should not be a partisan issue and we should be having reasonable and responsible conversations about all of these issues.” That legislation includes further restricting access to guns to people convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, closing what supporters call loopholes in the federal law while also tightening other laws for gun ownership …”

Then put right-to-carry on the table.

Are any of the Republican Senators going to do this?

Will any of them even think to do this?


People need to start contacting their local lawmakers.  These spineless jellyfish will cave at the slightest pressure.

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Didn’t take long

NYSRPA - 27 February 2018 - 2:28pm

How dumb was NSSF’s attempt to grease the IDC?

Just one day after the Daily News story there’s this going on at the CAP:

So this is interesting…joint press conference between @IDC4NY and @NYSenateDems on guns. @SenGianaris and @JeffKleinNY on same stage

— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) February 27, 2018

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Grease the machine

NYSRPA - 26 February 2018 - 7:42pm

Our state government has operated under the time-honored system of Cash is King for well over a hundred years.  Everyone knows this.

The average rank-and-file state legislator charges $250 per person to attend one of their fundraisers while those in leadership positions want $500-1000.  Event sponsorships I have seen go for as high as $5000.

Knowing this, the Daily News reports, “Indie N.Y. Democrats reject donations from pro-gun group“:

“… The campaign committee for a group of eight breakaway state Senate Democrats and its leader both received $1,000 donations last August from a major pro-gun lobby group. But campaign finance records show the Senate Independence Campaign Committee returned the contribution weeks after receiving it from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a leading firearms industry trade association …”

The idea that NSSF could grease the wheels of justice has lots of precedence in Albany.  They just did it in a bad way and on the cheap.

First, to avoid controversy, the donations should have been made closer to the primary or general election so they are publicly disclosed after election day.

Second, to maximize impact, NSSF should have done some research to determine which of these guys is in the most trouble back home and maxed out their donations right before the primary when the incumbents need help the most.

Third, if they insist on kissing up to Jeff Klein, they need to come up with more money.  Klein is a piece of crap and definitely not their friend.

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