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- Ray Ficara on Dick Heller challenges D.C.’s gun registration scheme, files for quick ruling in Heller II
- Ray Ficara on New York Times: Inside the Power of the N.R.A. (Hysterical Hit Piece – Crybaby Alert!)
- Ray Ficara on Court Rules Florida Universities Can’t Ban Guns on Campus (Big Win for Our Side)
- Greg Tabor on Dems Keep Hudak Issue Alive with Zenzinger Pick (Colorado Gun Grabber Recalls)
- Greg Tabor on BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’ rite of passage could mean felony (Pussification)
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- With Obamacare, Canceled Po… by Glenn At New…
Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.
They are part of an unusual informal health insurance system that has developed in New York in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country.
But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to mean they will no longer have access to a wide network of doctors and a range of plans tailored to their needs. And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage.
“I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan.
- Libtard Focus group: Giron … by Glenn At New…
DENVER — The legislature’s passage of tougher gun control laws in March and the subsequent backlash that led to two Democratic lawmakers being recalled in September are arguably Colorado’s biggest political story of the year — and Democrats, Republicans and activists on both sides of the gun debate continue to interpret the year’s events to serve their own agenda.
But a recently conducted focus group, paid for by a coalition of pro-gun control groups, gives greater clarity to what happened in Pueblo, where former Sen. Angela Giron lost a solidly Democratic district by a 20-point margin.
The report, which FOX31 Denver has obtained, confirms what many political observers have surmised already: that it wasn’t the gun laws alone that cost Giron her seat, but a deep-seated dislike for and mistrust of the lawmaker herself among many Democrats in her hometown.
- Bloomturd’s Last Gasp… by Glenn At New…
Buh Bye Asswipe!
Bloomberg has a few words left for Washington, too. The mayor called on Congress to “end the national epidemic of gun violence” during a Thursday press conference, two days before the one-year anniversary the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed innocent 26 lives.
“It’s important that we remember all those that we lost and their families. The anniversary will obviously be a very painful time for them and a painful time, I think, for all Americans,” Bloomberg said.
“It’s also important to remember that nothing in Washington has changed since Newtown, despite the fact that the vast majority of American people favor basic steps that would help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, criminals, and other dangerous people.”
- Bang! Payday for man suing … by Glenn At New…
A man who sued police in Colorado Springs, Colo., for violating his Second Amendment rights has reportedly won more than $23,000 from the city, as local officers apparently did not know it was legal to “open carry” firearms at public parks.
The saga of James Sorensen began in July 2012 at a homosexual-pride festival, just one day after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured.
He was openly sporting a handgun on his hip, which prompted police to take him into custody.
- Dick Heller challenges D.C.… by Glenn At New…
The District of Columbia will do anything to stop law-abiding people from owning firearms to defend themselves.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.’s 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington’s city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country.
So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as “Heller II.”
Heller told me in a phone interview Tuesday that, “The city collected every gun restriction they could find from every other state and gave them to us as thumbtacks on the road for our march to Second Amendment freedom.”
He is the lead plaintiff of five District residents who state that their constitutional rights are being infringed by the registration requirements. The city claims the process is necessary for “to protect police officers and to aid in crime control.”
On Tuesday evening, the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Stephen Halbrook and Dan Peterson filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking Judge James Boasberg for summary judgment. The also asked for denial of the city’s request for summary judgment last month.
- New York Times: Inside the … by Glenn At New…
Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia came to support a gun-control bill.
To get to Joe Manchin’s private office in the Hart Senate Office Building, you first pass through a lobby where you encounter a small bronze statue of an Old West lawman holding a firearm — an award given to Manchin several years ago by a chapter of the National Rifle Association for his unswerving defense of gun rights. Then you turn down a hallway, past several framed photographs of children who were victims of the massacre a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The combination of the bronze rifleman in the lobby and the young faces on the wall suggests a particular viewpoint — I stand with gun lovers; I stand with victims of gun violence — that qualifies, in Washington anyway, as being nuanced, which is to say politically ill advised if not suicidal.
Even sitting behind his stately wooden desk in a suit and tie, Manchin, who is 66, possesses the craggy appearance of a small-town sheriff. As he proclaimed to me one morning in September, “I enjoy my guns, and my family enjoys their guns.” And indeed, Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010 partly on the strength of a memorable TV ad depicting him firing a bullet through President Obama’s cap-and-trade bill that had been anathema to coal miners in his state. But Manchin’s outlook changed the day he came back from a hunting trip last December, having learned of the 20 children and six adults slaughtered at Sandy Hook. That unique horror motivated him in a way that other recent mass shootings in Tucson and Aurora, Colo., had not.
“To sit here and do nothing, I could’ve done that all day long,” Manchin said. “Let this be the happy retirement home.” Instead, for the first time in his 30-year political career, he acted against the N.R.A.’s wishes. He introduced legislation that would require universal background checks for commercial sales. Background checks have been federally mandated for firearm purchases from licensed dealers since 1994. The bill would have extended them to gun shows and all Internet sales. Manchin was aware that universal background checks would not have prevented the Newtown killings, because the shooter, Adam Lanza, used firearms that were legally purchased by his mother. Nonetheless, a confluence of factors at the time favored his efforts: a newly re-elected Democratic president personally stung by the gun tragedies that took place on his watch; a fractious and self-doubting Republican Party; the seemingly bottomless financial resources of the New York mayor and ardent gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg, whose alliance of more than a thousand mayors throughout the United States, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, would sponsor an aggressive wave of TV ads; and the forceful but sympathetic lobbying presence of Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who had been shot in the head in Tucson, along with the voices of the Newtown parents whose children were killed. Given this climate and the overwhelming public support for universal background checks, even the N.R.A. was braced for the passage of some version of Manchin’s gun-control bill.
But no version did pass. Four months after the Newtown shooting, on April 17, the bill failed to win the necessary votes to make it through the Senate. The most fearsome lobbying organization in America prevailed once again.
- Libtard NYC Judge – I… by Glenn At New…
Retired Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Frank Barbaro wants a white man he convicted in 1999 of killing a black man to be freed — claiming Wednesday he based the verdict on his own reverse racism. The 86-year-old former jurist convicted Donald Kagan, now 39, of fatally shooting Wavell Wint, 22, during a struggle over Kagan’s chain outside an East New York movie theater in 1998.
But Barbaro told a court that, because of his viewpoint as a civil-rights activist, he didn’t consider a justification defense by Kagan in the nonjury trial.
“Mr. Kagan had no intent to kill that man . . . I believe now that I was seeing this young white fellow as a bigot, as someone who assassinated an African-American,” Barbaro, a former longshoreman who also served 23 years in the state Assembly, told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson.
Barbaro said he contacted Kagan’s attorneys after some deep soul-searching led him to realize he had denied Kagan a fair trial.
- One year after Newtown kill… by Glenn At New…
The failed push for stronger federal gun control laws after last December’s shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., has left its proponents in Congress dejected, and leaves one of President Obama’s top policy goals without any clear path forward.
On Tuesday, the White House announced $100 million in funding for new mental health services as part as part of the administration’s response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but expanded background checks for gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and other long-sought measures remain as elusive as ever.
Gun control advocates say the shooting led to important state reforms, and the White House has touted a series of executive actions to curb violence, but congressional Democrats concede the move toward major federal gun reforms is dead, at least for now.
“If we can’t get common-sense gun legislation as a result of Newtown, where 20 young children were killed, we’ll never get it,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. “I don’t know what could happen to cause us to act, if we don’t act when our children are being slain.”
Twenty-eight people, including shooter Adam Lanza, died in the Dec. 14 killing spree, the second most deadly by a single gunman in U.S. history, after the 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech.
The shooting spawned a flurry of federal bills calling for universal background checks, prohibitions on certain assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines as well as tougher gun trafficking penalties, among other measures.
Obama threw the weight of the White House behind the push, saying Newtown should be an impetus for true reforms.
“Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage?” he questioned at a memorial for the victims. “That the politics are too hard?”
Ultimately, that proved to be the case. Optimism was gradually replaced by disappointment for gun control proponents in Congress, as no major gun legislation passed in 2013.
- Court Rules Florida Univers… by Glenn At New…
State universities would be blocked from regulating guns on campus under a potentially far-reaching ruling handed down Tuesday by a Florida appeals court.
The 1st District Court of Appeal – in a rare opinion decided by the entire appeals court – sided with a University of North Florida student and a gun rights group that challenged a university rule banning students on campus from storing guns in their cars.
In a lengthy decision that prompted a strong dissent as well as multiple concurring opinions, the appeals court ruled that the Florida Legislature has pre-empted the regulation of guns by local governments and state agencies.
The court decided the state’s 12 public universities are covered by this 2011 law. The ruling notes that while universities have the power to restrict lawful conduct – like drinking or smoking on campus – that power does not extend to regulating guns.
“Restricting recreational activities is a far cry from restricting a fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self-defense,” wrote Judge Clay Roberts whose opinion was supported by the majority of the 15 judges who serve in the court.
- Girly Freak Piers Morgan De… by Glenn At New…
The one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shooting is Saturday, and TVNewser recently asked Piers Morgan to respond to criticism of his gun control coverage. “I have a position about it which is pretty strong,” Morgan said. “It’s not my country, it’s not my constitution, but I’m a resident here, and I’m therefore governed by[...]
- Ray Ficara on Dick Heller challenges D.C.…Hope he gives the antis a SECOND kick to the nads.
- Ray Ficara on New York Times: Inside the …Aren't there PILLS for his condition?
- Ray Ficara on Court Rules Florida Univers…And Pam Bondi weeps bitterly.
- Greg Tabor on Dems Keep Hudak Issue Alive…Ray, well put!
- Greg Tabor on BB gun control: In New Jers…Wow, they are just nuts over on the right coast.
- Ray Ficara on Sikorsky Aircraft To Close …The NY Slimes and Daily Snooze are running the official Cuomo Sfacime line that "he's NOT running jobs out of …
- Ray Ficara on Dems Keep Hudak Issue Alive…So flaming liberal douche bag #1 is replace with flaming liberal DOUCHE BAG #2?
- Ray Ficara on Family files lawsuit agains…20 failures, all attributable to rust, dirt guns, cleaning LOADED guns and so forth out of 5 MILLION copies sold. …
- Ray Ficara on Felon gets 9 months for try…Posting at Moms Demand Action. Yankdown in 3-2-1!!!
- Ray Ficara on TSA agent confiscates sock …Welcome to the Twilight Zone.