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Panel Discussion of Gun Laws, School Safety and Mental Health with Congressman John Faso

NYSRPA - 7 hours 46 min ago

Congressman John Faso will hold a “Panel Discussion of Gun Laws, School Safety and Mental Health” on June 1, 6:00pm at Hudson High School in Hudson.

The event is free and you can register here.

It is reasonable to assume Democrats and antigun advocates will try and embarrass Faso over his (lukewarm) support for 2A.

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He chose poorly

NYSRPA - 20 May 2018 - 3:31pm

The Journal News reports:

Marc Molinaro has picked a running mate for his bid to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Julie Killian, the former Rye deputy mayor and a two-time candidate for state Senate in Westchester County …”

Killian is a antigun RINO with a track record of failure at the ballot box.  She’s an exceptionally bad choice for a statewide ticket.

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Language of the Left

NYSRPA - 20 May 2018 - 3:21pm

Dana Balter is running in CD-24 against incumbent John Katko.

This news nugget caught my eye:

On guns, Balter supports universal background checks. "We know they work," she says. That's the main proposal she mentioned to address gun violence, especially mass shootings. Also wants to ensure the CDC can study gun violence.

— Robert Harding (@RobertHarding) May 17, 2018


This is a prefect example of how the antigun Left uses language to advance their agenda. The statement “We know they work” is how they try to shut off debate by making it seem that the issue has already been discussed and the opposition discredited. They are counting on the 2A side not to call them out when they openly lie.

Top tip for debating gun control advocates: Do not ever accept the premises of any argument they put forward and do not be afraid to come right out and say so. Go right ahead and interrupt them. They are not expecting it. Do not back down when they become upset when you call their B.S. If they won’t recant their statement end the discussion.

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Southern Tier reacts to bill proposed to ban rifle, archery programs

NYSRPA - 15 May 2018 - 7:13am

The bill in question is A-10428. There is no Senate companion.

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Does the NRA play a role in recent mass shootings?

NYSRPA - 14 May 2018 - 12:32pm

News12 roundtable with spokesmen from Moms Demand Action, Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education and local students.

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Vote for the Homo, Not the Cuomo

NYSRPA - 12 May 2018 - 2:50pm

In response to the Governor’s “suggestion” banks evaluate doing business with the NRA, the Association filed a lawsuit in WNY challenging the directive:

“The National Rifle Association on Friday sued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial regulator for engaging in what it said was a “blacklisting campaign” aimed at swaying banks and insurers to stop doing business with the gun advocacy group …”

Whether or not the lawsuit has any merits, neither Governor Cuomo nor the legislature takes things like this seriously.  They go on all the time.  Politicians are not personally liable for defending the suit and such actions have little to no impact on re-election campaigns.

If the NRA wants to hurt Cuomo back, they ought to do a Vote for the Homo, Not the Cuomo GOTV effort for the Democrat primary.  It does not matter that Cynthia Nixon is not pro-gun. The fire-mission should be defined as knocking out the incumbent and nothing more.

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Giffords targets Faso

NYSRPA - 12 May 2018 - 7:41am

The Times Union reports:

“… Gabby Giffords is setting her sights on U.S. Rep. John Faso. The political arm of Giffords, a group launched by the former Arizona congresswoman to address gun violence in America, identified the Kinderhook Republican as one of 12 candidates, all Republicans, to defeat in November. Faso is the only New York candidate on the list …”

Good choice for them. I’m still surprised he won back in ’16. And I have not not forgotten about Faso’s support for strict controls and regulations on handguns.”

Here is their ad:

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The fall of Schneiderman

NYSRPA - 8 May 2018 - 12:08pm

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned from office after allegations he’s into some kinky stuff.

One of the more interesting revelations was his mocking gun control advocates:

“… Manning Barish says that Schneiderman often mocked her political activism. When she told him of her plan to attend an anti-gun demonstration with various political figures and a group of parents from Sandy Hook Elementary School, he dismissed the effort, calling the demonstrators “losers.” …”

When Schnedierman was in the Senate he was the primary advocate for gun control so this statement may seem to be a bit odd.  When he took over as A.G. that changed significantly and I think I know why.

One of my friends worked for the A.G.’s office and after Schneiderman was elected Mark got on his case about guns.  After browbeating him about it, and giving him homemade oat bread, Scheinderman agreed to go shooting with Mark.  I believe his only previous experience with guns was limited shooting of a .22 rifle years before.  Mark let him shoot his long guns but told him he could not let him touch his handgun even on the range for instruction.  Schneiderman responded that was stupid.  He legitimately did not know what existing state law was.  I believe this was when the light went on in his head and he realized gun control advocates were full of shit.  During his time as A.G. Schneiderman largely gave up on gun control, even microstamping, which he championed in the legislature.

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Time to collect

NYSRPA - 6 May 2018 - 12:05pm

The Donald and Mike Pence both spoke at the NRA convention giving good, red meat speeches.

During Sen. John Cornyn’s address he mentioned that he is the Senate sponsor of the reciprocity bill S.446, which has been sitting quietly since it’s introduction last year.  The only recent action has been the addition of newly elected Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith as the 40th co-sponsor.

This proposal has been floating around for more than 20 years.  There is nothing left to discuss about it.  It is time for NRA to give Trump and Mitch McConnell an ultimatum: Bring S.446 to the floor for a straight up or down vote or don’t come around asking for handouts this November.  Whether it passes or not there needs to be a recorded vote on the bill.  Republicans owe NRA big time and with NRA’s membership approaching 6 million it is time to collect.

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Proving our point

NYSRPA - 3 May 2018 - 10:56am

Bloomberg news reports, “NRA-Branded Insurance Program Is Unlawful, New York Regulators Say“:

“A National Rifle Association-branded insurance program unlawfully provided liability coverage to gun owners in the event they were charged with a crime involving their firearms, according to New York state regulators … The group advertises Carry Guard as the nation’s “most complete self-defense membership program” on its website, referring to Lockton’s plan as “comprehensive personal firearms liability insurance.” Regulators said the insurance unlawfully offered protection for certain acts of intentional wrongdoing and improperly provided coverage for acts of self defense. Gun control advocates have criticized the program, referring to it as “murder insurance.” …”

I knew this was coming because for years gun control advocates have pushed bills requiring gun owners have liability insurance (currently A-349, A-2260 and S-2857A) and the response has always been it isn’t legal.

While the antis are crowing about this decision now, the NYS Department of Financial Services just nuked one of their key agenda items.

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Rats are leaving the sinking ship

NYSRPA - 1 May 2018 - 10:03am

For years I have said Republican control of the State Senate cannot continue.  Yet they still have managed to hang on.  I think we have finally reached the point where they know that they will not have the majority come 2019.

Last week there was this in the Poughkeepise Journal, “3 NY Senate Republicans drop re-election bids in 3 days”:

“… State Sen. John Bonacic, a Republican who has represented the Hudson Valley in the Legislature for nearly three decades, will not seek re-election this fall … Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, Saratoga County, announced Wednesday she wouldn’t run in November, citing a desire to spent more time with her family. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, Onondaga County, told the Auburn Citizen he too wouldn’t seek re-election …”

This week the Post reports, “Two more GOP state senators may bow out”:

“… Long Island Sen. Tom Croci and Hudson Valley Sen. Bill Larkin both admitted they’re considering giving up their seats …”

Larkin is older than dirt and already has one foot in the ground so his leaving would be understandable. Croci is a relatively young guy.

Looking at enrollment statistics, Senate Districts 3, 39 and 42 are now majority Democrat.  SD-43 has a slight Republican advantage and SD-50 is evenly split.  Republicans would have a hard time keeping these seats even with incumbents running.

 

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Brindisi Runs Away From NRA Rating

NYSRPA - 26 April 2018 - 6:34pm

The Washington Free Beacon reports on Congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi distancing himself from his NRAA” rating by calling for a ban on high-capacity magazines and expanding firearm background checks at a April 8 town hall meeting sponsored by the Colgate University College Democrats.

Here is the audio converted to MP3 format:

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DFS memo on doing business with NRA

NYSRPA - 25 April 2018 - 12:33pm

Last week Governor Cuomo announced he was encouraging banks to review their relationship with the NRA and firearms industry:

“… The governor directed New York’s Department of Financial Services to urge state-chartered banks and the more than 1,400 insurers it regulates to review whether their ties to the NRA and similar groups sends the “wrong message” to clients and communities. “This is not just a matter of reputation, it is a matter of public safety,” Cuomo said in a statement …”

Here is a PDF copy of the memorandum.

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