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Look at the Janus reaction

NYSRPA - 28 June 2018 - 6:27pm

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court effective the end of July.

Already there is speculation that his replacement will give us a court more supportive of 2nd Amendment rights.  That is probably right.  To understand how New York representatives would react to a pending gun case that would significantly impact the state, look at how they prepared for the Janus decision which said public employees cannot be forced to pay union dues.

Public sector unions knew they would likely lose that case so earlier this year their allies in the legislature passed and Governor Cuomo signed a new law designed to blunt Janus’ impact.  I would expect the same thing to happen when it appears another major SCOTUS ruling on gun rights is imminent.

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Turning out to vote

NYSRPA - 27 June 2018 - 9:12am

Pat Ryan ran a hardcore gun control campaign for the Democrat nomination in CD-19.

The result of this?

With roughly a 35% turnout, he came in 3rd in a 7-way primary about 17.7% of the vote.

This is more proof that gunsense cannot turn out a voting block even in Democrat primaries.

The winner Antonio Delgado does support gun control, but he didn’t spend a pile of campaign cash running shamelessly dishonest advertisements on television implying the AR-15 is a military weapon.

“Antonio Delgado won Tuesday’s seven-person Democratic primary in New York’s 19th Congressional District, allowing him to run against Republican U.S. Rep. John Faso in November … Delgado also has said he supports universal background checks for gun purchases and closing the gun show loop hole, as well as banning bump stocks.”

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Cuomo’s Protect Our Kids ad

NYSRPA - 26 June 2018 - 5:25pm

A new advertisement paid for by Governor Cuomo’s campaign targets Senate Republicans for not passing his ‘red flag’ gun bill:

Because it is being done as a re-election ad, not an issue ad, I don’t think it will motivate any action on his proposal.

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Recess and return

NYSRPA - 25 June 2018 - 3:30pm

The state legislature went into recess as scheduled last week.  Governor Cuomo’s ‘red flag’ proposal did not come up for a vote in the Senate.

I am not totally convinced he was serious about it.  I am open to the possibility that the last few weeks was nothing but well orchestrated political theater meant to diminish Cynthia Nixon’s primary challenge.

In any event, because one of the other hot button issues was not addressed, speed cameras, there is the possibility the legislature will return for a special session before the current law expires on July 25.

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Zeldin looking for campaign volunteers

NYSRPA - 21 June 2018 - 8:37pm

Congressman Lee Zeldin is looking for volunteers for his campaign offices in Center Moriches, Hampton Bays, Port Jefferson Station, Smithtown and Riverhead.

Sign up here and someone from the campaign will get back to you.

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What Mike has been up to

NYSRPA - 20 June 2018 - 6:53pm

CBS reports:

“… Michael Bloomberg is expected to spend at least $80 million in the 2018 midterm elections supporting Democratic candidates as part of his larger goal of flipping 23 Republican-held seats in the House, to put Democrats back in power …”

On the surface this looks bad.  However, Bloomberg has a history of throwing money around and not getting much of a return on his investment.

It is reasonable to assume that most if not all of the candidates he backs will be advocating for whatever his current gun control fixation is.

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Devious not dumb

NYSRPA - 18 June 2018 - 1:40pm

David Englehardt at the Federalist writes, “Cuomo’s Idea To Let Teachers Decide When To Yank Guns From People’s Homes Is Dumb”:

“… Cuomo proposes to take guns from the homes of troubled students by government fiat. That is, if the student’s teacher senses there is a problem with the student, he or she would contact the authorities to have the family’s weapons removed. Specifically, if there is a “problem student” teachers would be able to petition a court to remove guns from the student’s home … I want safer schools. I want kids who need help to get it. I’d also like to imagine the best of the governor, but I’m not sure how this legislation can actually protect students in a way that’s sensible, positive, or helpful …”

The author lacks the most basic understanding of the Albany legislative process.

First off, most bills are written to be as vague and all encompassing as possible.  A-11148 is designed to affect as many people as possible in both good and bad ways.

Second, the bill in question isn’t meant to help kids or make schools safer.  The goal is to make gun ownership as difficult and unappealing as possible for ordinary people because the Governor believes that doing so would help him politically.

Third, why on earth would anyone think the Governor is operating now with the best of intentions?  Trying to get a new bill introduced in the closing days of the legislative session is never a good sign as it is generally done to limit public discussion and debate.  This is especially true in a state known for “The Big Ugly” where all sorts of shit nobody has read is passed into law in the wee hours of the morning on the last session day.

The whole business surrounding this proposal is really very easy to understand: Cuomo is bringing up this issue (and others) now in an attempt to defect attention away from his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon.  That’s it.  Nothing more, nothing less.

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