Second Amendment

Gun control is not about the guns...'s about the control.

In the wake of the shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, Mario's kid has expressed a desire

to crack down on gun violence and form a “consensus” on new laws in next year’s legislative session.
“Gun violence has reached an undeniable point where it’s hard for anyone to refute the damage that’s being done, and I do believe it’s time to find out what else we can do,” Cuomo said.
To which the NYS Senate Republican conference, which of late have been falling all over themselves touting their close ties with the Governor, had this to say:
“We agree with the governor that more can be done to combat criminals who use illegal guns, which account for the overwhelming majority of gun crimes in New York..." we need to worry about Second Amendment rights in this state even more than we already do?  November 6th and the next legislative session should prove interesting.
The University of Colorado will not allow students to bring guns into the Boulder campus's dorms this fall, though residents who have concealed-carry permits will be allowed to keep weapons in a limited number of family housing units, school officials announced Thursday.
That's called ghettoization, folks.  It's what they do.
Here's a highly intelligent student response (note the major):
Jeremy Difilippo, a geography major at CU who shares an Athens North apartment with his brother, said he doesn't believe guns should be allowed in his building.
"I don't think this is a threatening environment," he said Thursday, outside of his apartment at 19th and Athens streets. "It doesn't seem like a place people need to bring guns."
Well, that sort of thinking turned out well in another college setting, didn't it?
And as someone once said who had reason to know:
Combine the criminal element in society (who couldn't care less about gun control laws because they're, you know, criminals) with the fact that the mentally ill you will always have with you and you get situations like the ones in Colorado and Wisconsin recently.  And Washington, DC.  Oh, you don't know about that one?  There's a reason for that.
And when guns are outlawed—or so restricted that it amounts to the same thing—then only the government will have guns. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?  Ask any European Jew how that worked out for them.  No, wait...there aren't many European Jews any more, not compared with before WWII.  Hmmm.  I wonder why.
And what can you expect in a society that has so little respect for life, starting here
Maybe if we did a better job as a culture of instilling an appreciation for the the sanctity of life, for how precious, miraculous, and fleeting life is from the start all the way to the nursing home, we'd have fewer situations like the ones that seem to be prompting Governor Cuomo to think that gun control is the answer.
And if they could speak, the 56 million people murdered by their own governments in the 20th century might point out that gun control is a prerequisite of genocide.
Oh, wait...we already have genocide... 

Hanna on microstamping: an all-around bad idea for NYS

First an update: on Tuesday, May 24, Assembly Bill 1157 passed in the New York Assembly by a 84 to 55 vote. The bill has been delivered to the state Senate and will be considered in the Senate Codes Committee (see earlier post here).

Around the same time, a regular columnist for America's First Freedom wrote in the June issue:

I run across a lot of letters to the editor that deal with both sides of the issue of gun control. My unscientific analysis is that most of the pro-Second Amendment letters usually contain at least one or two facts and rely more on logic and reason than on emotion. Then there are the anti-gun letters, which usually feature a straw man argument, some ad hominem attacks on gun owners, some faulty logic (or even worse, no logic at all) and attempts to write that pesky Second Amendment out of the Constitution.

Thankfully, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY24) takes the first route—with more than "one or two facts"—in an op-ed in the Utica Observer-Dispatch:

...Remington is the nation’s oldest gunmaker and has manufactured its product in Ilion for nearly 200 years. It is the largest U.S. manufacturer of shotguns and rifles — the only American company to produce both firearms and ammunition domestically.

But legislators in Albany are considering a new law that could jeopardize jobs at Remington’s plant and increase costs on consumers...

[....] Microstamping is a patented, sole-source concept that would micro-laser engrave the firearm’s make, model and serial number on the tip of a gun’s firing pin. In theory, that information would then be imprinted on to the discharged cartridge casing when the gun was fired. Proponents of the law say it would help law enforcement solve gun crimes.

But there are many flaws with this idea. Among them:

* The concept is unproven...

* It causes increased costs and burdens on manufacturers and consumers...

* Lawful gun owners, not criminals, will be affected... 

* This legislation will be particularly punitive to New York, especially Upstate New York...

Read the whole thing and then contact your state Senator.

A1157, Micro-stamping Legislation, passes in Assembly Codes Committee

This is an update to an earlier post. On May 3, Assembly Bill 1157 passed in the Assembly Codes Committee by a vote of 15 to 7 and will now head to the Assembly floor for consideration. Needless to say, the NRA is asking folks to contact their member of the Assembly, respectfully asking him or her to oppose the bill.  Since Barbara Lifton is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, I imagine you might as well talk to the wall but being on the record is a good thing anyway:

Next Tuesday in the NYS Assembly: Micro-stamping Legislation

This has been covered here in an earlier post but is moving along in committee next week:

On Tuesday, May 3, the Assembly Committee on Codes will hear Assembly Bill 1157.  Introduced by state Assemblyman Michelle Schimel (D-16), A1157 would make micro-stamping mandatory on all new semi-automatic pistols sold after January 1, 2013.... 

[....] If passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state.  Of course, that is the ultimate goal of this legislation....


"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined,...

...but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."—George Washington

Earlier this week, Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection wrote: "I'll be at a handgun training class tonight.  My wife and I finally are taking the plunge, and going through the NRA basic handgun safety course."

Well, the NYS Assembly is trying (again) to make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain handguns:

On Monday, April 11, the New York Assembly Committee on Codes (contact information for this committee can be found herewill consider anti-gun legislation regarding micro-stamping.  Assembly Bill 1157, sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16) [and co-sponsored by Barbara Lifton--tvm], would require semi-automatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in the state to be capable of micro-stamping ammunition.

Micro-stamping is an unproven technology that is easily defeated with common household tools and the replacement of a few small parts.  If passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state.  Of course, that is the ultimate goal of this legislation.  Make no mistake, this is a gun ban and it must be stopped.

Bitter clingers to guns

Great, ahem, piece at American Thinker:

...As the gun-rights debate has heated up, the New York Times recently launched an anti-gun crusade -- running a full-page article that "outed" well-known New Yorkers who own handguns. It portrayed them as members of a strange and troubling subculture; and it was published not long after another anti-gun piece -- a female reporter's amusing account (by red-state standards) of her visits to some New York gun shops.

Not surprisingly, getting a handgun permit in New York is hard if not almost impossible, whether it's to carry a handgun in the street or keep at home. Even so, many well-heeled New Yorkers have actually managed to get such permits. So who are these crazies? To find out, The Times culled through thousands of names of gun owners that it got from the police after filing lawsuits and freedom of information requests. It was amazed to learn that some of the city's leading citizens were handgun owners and even had carry permits. According to The Times, the list included: "Men and women. Democrats and Republicans. Doctors, lawyers, merchants and moguls. A remarkable, if relatively small, cross-section of New Yorkers."...

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: NO 'Stache in Albany on January 25th

UPDATE (1/20): Heartache! There'll be no 'Stache in Mudville next week after all.  Now the scheduled speaker is slated to be Chuck Cunningham, Director of Public Affairs for the NRA.  No offense to Chuck, but...bummer.

From Dave Henderson's Outdoors column in the Ithaca Journal:

Bus To Albany

I haven't heard of any groups chartering buses from this area for the Jan. 25 second Annual Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day in Albany, but you can catch a bus at the Gander Mountain store in Cicero that morning.

The Oswego County Federation of Sportsman's clubs is sponsoring the bus, which will make a 5:30 a.m. pick-up. The bus will leave Albany at 2 p.m....

NRA head Wayne LaPierre will not be the speaker this year. In his place will be former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. (emphasis mine)


Whoa!  Much bigger deal than Wayne LaPierre, frankly.  Methinks perhaps the 'Stache is running for President in 2012.

An earlier post on this event is here, and it also is listed on our calendar.


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