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Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
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Cuomo’s new proposal

6 June 2018 - 9:39am

Governor Cuomo has called for a new bill allowing teachers to petition the courts to remove guns from the homes of students. This is an expanded version of the idea behind S-7133A which was Reported two weeks ago.

Here is video of the Governor making this announcement:

What is odd is his drafting of a new bill this late in the session. I know he’s doing it now because he is worried about Cynthia Nixon’s campaign damaging his future Presidential aspirations. However, he could simply beat on the Republicans to get them to bring up S-7133A which would allow him to claim victory. That is all he really cares about, not enacting substantive legislation.

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Money to burn

3 June 2018 - 11:53am

Forbes magazine reports:

“Speaking at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy on Wednesday, philanthropist Laura Arnold announced plans to spend $20 million over the next five years to fund gun violence research. She and her husband’s foundation would look to raise an additional $30 million, bringing funding up to $50 million for a grant project called the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research …”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

“… The Arnolds plan to set up an advisory board to evaluate proposals from researchers and dispense funds over the next five years … Some areas likely to be studied include how guns are purchased, how changes in gun ownership occur, and the risks and benefits to having guns in the house. “The kinds of questions asked are certainly meant to guide policy,” Arnold said …”

In other words it’s going to be a money-funnel to fringe interest groups who will use the cash to create bogus studies in an effort to legitimize the gun control agenda.

This too sounds familiar.

“… This is the couple’s first foray into the gun control area, but not data-driven philanthropy. “Data will not only allow us to hope for better, but it empowers us to do better,” Arnold explained …”

You want data?  Ok.  Currently 42 states with 75% of the population are right-to-carry.  Is this causing any problems?  No.  Then why can’t New York adopt such a law?

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Same old, same old

3 June 2018 - 9:57am

Friday was “Gun Violence Awareness Day,” a now annual spectacle where antigunners, celebrity idiots and other crackpots #WearOrange so as to readily identify themselves as part of the political fringe.

Here is an example:

I do not see anything new of substance here. It is just more of the same hysterics that have failed to produce movement on their agenda.

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When you follow the money

31 May 2018 - 4:56pm

The Miami Herald reports:

“Starting Wednesday, some Parkland families are raising money for a campaign to push the National Rifle Association out of politics … Following the lead of their children, parents from the community … have joined together to form Families vs Assault Rifles, a nonprofit and political action committee founded to be a counterweight to the NRA. Jeff Kasky, the father of March For Our Lives’ student activist Cameron Kasky, says the group is quickly gaining support and has already received commitments from “financial backers” willing to match grassroots donations … Amy Harwood, a Boca Raton parent and friend of Kasky’s, said the PAC is nonpartisan and won’t be supporting candidates … Harwood helped establish the committee when she helped introduce Kasky to Matt Gohd, a political strategist with Tipping Point Analytics. Kasky said Gohd is running point for the parents’ Super PAC, but said most of the people involved in the efforts, including a number of families from Parkland, are helping out as volunteers …”

There is absolutely no way this is a legitimate grassroots effort.  None.  This stinks.

Who is this Gohd guy?

David Hogg and Cameron Kasky — survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting — were all over New York this week, and the teenagers will stay in the national spotlight for years to come. The boys made a surprise appearance at a West 72nd Street book party on Monday night. They joined author Rick Allen to launch “RFK: His Words for Our Times,” a collection of Robert F. Kennedy’s speeches, at the penthouse of Matt Gohd, of Tipping Point Analytics …”

He has a NYC penthouse.

“… Gohd apologized to RFK’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, because he wouldn’t be able to host a party for her book, “Ripples of Hope,” …”

And he’s tight with the degenerate Kennedy family.

I knew it.  This is just more of the same repackaged antigun astoturf.

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Possible set up

31 May 2018 - 3:25pm

The state legislative session is scheduled to end on June 21. This is usually the time when the really stupid shit starts happening. I am growing concerned that some antigun legislation is going to come up in Albany possibly as soon as Monday, in particular S-7133A. A few signs point to something brewing.

First, the annual Wear Orange day is this Saturday. Second, several City legislators are holding gun control activities today and over the weekend. Third, and most seriously, the Governor has started a petition for a new federal AWB. I am not concerned about that happening, but about him bringing up the topic in general. This isn’t a coincidence, all this is co-ordinated.

Now would be a good time for people to start contacting their state legislators and tell them no more gun control.

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Petition drive for Moss

27 May 2018 - 8:55am

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss is looking for registered Republicans to carry his petition for County Executive.  Those interested in help should e-mail the campaign at

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Democrat nominations

25 May 2018 - 9:38am

Guns were an issue in Democrat party candidate nominations.

At the top of the ticket:

“… Gov. Cuomo accepted the state Democratic Party’s nomination for governor by promising additional gun laws, including raising the age to purchase firearms in New York to 21 … Cuomo touted New York’s passage of his tough anti-gun control law known as the SAFE Act … and promised the state will go further if Congress won’t act. He said the state will raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, up from 18, which was somewhat of a surprise. In March he downplayed the idea by arguing that doing so nationally would have affected just 13% of the mass shootings over the past 50 years. Cuomo also again said he will push to increase the waiting period for some gun purchase background checks to 10 days, up from the current three, and also will pass a “red flag” gun law that would make it easier to confiscate guns from people considered a threat to themselves and others …”

And down-ballot races:

Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum was snubbed Monday evening by the Ulster County Democratic Committee in favor of retired state trooper Juan Figueroa for the party’s nomination to run for election in November. On Tuesday, VanBlarcum’s campaign announced he would primary Figueroa for the Democratic Party line … Democrats took umbrage with Van Blarcum’s viewpoints supporting widespread gun ownership, opposing sanctuary cities and several controversial policy decisions which they said were too conservative for this year’s highly polarized midterm race …”

Not a lot can be done about Cuomo, but VanBlarcum is another matter.  He already has the Independence Party line and I suspect he will get the Republican and Conservative nominations as well.  Plus he has support from police unions.  Gun owners can push him over the finish line and give the finger to antigun bigots.  Campaign donations can be sent to:

Elect Paul VanBlarcum
P.O. Box 4483
Kingston, New York 12402

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