We’ve been arguing against gun buyback programs since day one (three years come mid-Feb). They’re a really bad idea on every level—save feel-good political grandstanding. If nothing else, these “no questions asked” cash-for-guns initiatives destroy evidence that could be used to solve crimes. And waste taxpayer money. And . . . don’t get me started. In an ideal world, gun buybacks would die from a confrontation with common sense. In the real world, they may peter out on their own. orlandosentinel.com brings us glad tidings of waning participation…
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- CuHomo may dump Running Mat… by Glenn At New…
Gov. Cuomo’s political operatives are eyeing a “painful scenario’’ to dump Kathy Hochul, a moderate upstater, as the governor’s running mate for lieutenant governor amid growing signs that leftist law professor Tim Wu is picking up momentum in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.
Such an action could be needed because a Wu victory would result in a Cuomo/Wu ticket on the Democratic line in the November election but potentially disastrous Cuomo/Hochul tickets on the Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality lines, where no primaries are slated.
Under the state Election Law, votes for a Cuomo/Hochul ticket in November would not be added to the tally for the Cuomo/Wu ticket, potentially costing Cuomo hundreds of thousands of votes.
Cuomo would have until Sept. 16 under the election law to swap Wu for Hochul, using a technique that would allow the former Buffalo-area congresswoman and lawyer to be nominated instead for a judgeship, according to an expert on legislative election law.
- Scumbag Al Sharpton –… by Glenn At New…
Late last month, as the Rev. Al Sharpton was marching in the streets of Staten Island and preaching in a church in St. Louis, I couldn’t help but think of Antonio Smith — a 9-year-old boy gunned down by gang members in Chicago the week before.
Antonio should be in school this week; instead, he’s six feet under — almost exactly a year after Sharpton pledged to rent an apartment on the Windy City’s West Side, spend two days a week walking children to school and lead a high-profile challenge to Chicago’s young black men to end that city’s horrific black-on-black crime.
Needless to say, Sharpton’s pledge came to nothing. He spent a few days in Chicago over a few months, then moved on to more lucrative work.
This is why I call him “Slim Shady” Sharpton, after Eminem’s alter ego. The Rev is far more svelte than in his Tawana Brawley days, but he’s still just as dubious a character.
At that black church in St. Louis, the whole nation watched as “Slim” said, “I am not a hater, I am a healer.”
- Reckless SWAT use is worse … by Glenn At New…
Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown didn’t come from the Pentagon.
“Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department’s press secretary, told reporters last month. “The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country.”
In other words: Don’t blame the military for militarizing the police.
Kirby has a point. Although the Pentagon has played a role by distributing surplus gear to police departments, so have the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security by providing grants that can be used to buy military-style equipment.
In any case, the real problem, more pervasive and insidious than BearCats or MRAPs on the streets of our cities, is the dangerously misguided urge to transform cops into soldiers, as reflected in the promiscuous use of SWAT teams.\
- Knife Rights’ Latest … by Glenn At New…
Knife Rights filed a Reply Brief in its appeal of a U.S. District Court’s absurd ruling in its ongoing Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The 30-page legal brief was filed on August 28, 2014, and can be viewed at: www.KnifeRights.org/Knife_Rights_Reply_Brief.pdf
The Reply Brief is the final document needed for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to consider the appeal brought by Knife Rights. It was submitted in response to the District Attorney and City’s briefs opposing the appeal. You can read the nonsensical government brief here: www.KnifeRights.org/DAoppbrief.pdf
The lawsuit challenges the City’s practice of treating common folding knives as prohibited “gravity knives,” then arresting and prosecuting law-abiding knife owners and intimidating retailers into paying large cash sanctions to avoid prosecution. Under the City’s vague and subjective approach, it is impossible to know what knives will be treated as legal.
Knife Rights’ original appeal can be read here: www.KnifeRights.org/Knife_Rights_Appeal_Brief.pdf
Last Fall, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled that the case could not proceed because Knife Rights and four other plaintiffs (who were falsely arrested or threatened with prosecution for possessing common folding knives) did not identify specific knives being wrongly classified in their complaint, and therefore lacked standing to sue. Requiring identification of specific prohibited knives, in a case about the inability to know what is prohibited or permitted, turns the very idea of this lawsuit on its head.
Judge Forrest then added insult to injury by refusing a request to let Knife Rights amend the complaint to attempt to comply with her requirement that specific knives be identified.
The next step will be oral arguments in front of a panel of three Second Circuit Court of Appeals judges as early as this Fall, after which the judges will render a decision.
Knife Rights’ fight to stop the persecution of knife owners in NYC and to prevent this from spreading to other cities will continue. You can support this lawsuit with a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Knife Rights Foundation: www.KnifeRights.org/Donate
- CCRKBA’S GOTTLIEB SWEETENS … by Glenn At New…
Since billionaire Bill Gates has not accepted a one-on-one debate challenge from Alan Gottlieb to reveal the myriad problems with Initiative 594, Gottlieb announced today that he will allow Gates to bring former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and make it a two-on-one discussion.
Both Gates and Bloomberg have each contributed over $1 million to the I-594 campaign. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and spokesman for competing Initiative 591, challenged Gates to debate the gun control measure last week, but received no response.
“In addition to bringing Bloomberg along,” Gottlieb said, “I’m willing to loan Gates my Apple iPhone, so if he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he can ask Siri for help.” Siri is a voice-activated “personal assistant and knowledge navigator” offered with Apple’s IOS-7.
“The public needs to know,” he added, “why Gates supports doubling the state waiting period to get a firearm for personal protection. They need to know why I-594 criminalizes the lawful practice of loaning firearms to friends for hunting or target practice. They need to know why I-594 would prevent loaning a handgun to your sister-in-law for self-defense. They need to know why the initiative would prevent a police officer from loaning a firearm to a fellow officer.
“Voters also need to know why no state law enforcement group has endorsed I-594, and why it is opposed by two major statewide police groups, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, which both endorse the rival Initiative 591 ,” he said. “These are questions the media need to ask so they can inform the public of what’s really in the 18-page gun control measure that Gates and Bloomberg support.”
Gottlieb also said that a Bloomberg appearance would give the Big Apple billionaire an opportunity to explain to Washington voters why he wants to bring New York-style gun control to the Pacific Northwest.
“He could explain why he defends a $340 permit fee and $90 background check fee on New York City residents just to keep a gun in their own homes,” Gottlieb noted. “He could also discuss his support for New York State’s gun law that bans and allows for the confiscation of many semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and handguns, and why he favors a law that only allows a person to keep seven rounds in a pistol at home for personal protection.
“If Gates is willing to debate, and if he can bring Bloomberg,” Gottlieb concluded, “we need to know soon, so we can book a larger venue, with room enough for their armies of bodyguards, and still allow room for the general public to attend.”
- Piers Morgan Confirms He… by Glenn At New…
PIERS MORGAN took to his Twitter page earlier on today to confirm that he has declined CNN’s offer to renew his contract.
He also revealed to his 4 million followers he was offered a ‘new 2-year deal’ by Cable News Network boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview ‘special’ but declined the offer.
“But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it – and to try pastures new,” he tweeted.
Despite seeming unhappy with the American TV network’s offer, he left things on a civil note and added that he has ‘huge respect for Zucker and everyone at CNN’.
“Great company, great network,” he finished.
Morgan, whose career highlights include being editor of the Daily Mirror, judging “America’s Got Talent” and its British counterpart, was added to the nighttime lineup at CNN in 2010.
Piers took over Larry King’s nightly interview programme when the veteran stepped down in 2011, but the series was axed this year due to declining ratings following Morgan’s ill-advised anti-guns crusade.
- Democrats in Panic Over Imp… by Glenn At New…
Schadenfreude, taking pleasure in others’ suffering, is a nasty emotion, one I take no pride in confessing as I watch Democrats attempting to dodge responsibility for foisting Barack Obama upon us. Nevertheless, it is certainly satisfying to see Dems scurry away from Obama as he visits their states. Adam Edelman in the New York Daily News:
President Obama spent Labor Day in Wisconsin, opening the campaign season in a battleground state with a tight race for governor — but the Democrat at the top of the ticket there was nowhere to be seen.
Mary Burke, who is battling to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, decided to steer clear of Obama’s visit to LaborFest, an annual salute to organized labor held in Milwaukee.
She became the latest in a parade of Democrats in tight races who have tried to create space between themselves and a President with weak poll numbers.
- Our Freedoms Are Slowly Sli… by Glenn At New…
As Americans celebrated Labor Day and the freedom to provide for their families, let’s hope they didn’t spoil the holiday yesterday by pausing to consider whether government today is making their lives easier or more difficult.
To wit, the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, which ranks countries based on four main factors – rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, open markets – has the US is headed in the wrong direction. “The U.S. is the only country,” the survey states, “to have recorded a loss of economic freedom each of the past seven years.”
As ordinary Americans toil to put food on the table and provide for their families, most “cling” to the idea that the highest aim of our leaders is to leave a legacy of greater freedom our children, not less. Americans don’t believe in a monarchy, and they actually believe everyone should live by the same set of rules, not one set of rules for them and another set for the political class when circumstances or political arguments fail.
Needless to say, many Americans are outraged to see laws being re-written midstream, whether in health care, taxes, immigration or in government grants to political cronies. They are discouraged to learn of the secret 2012 decision by the Treasury Department to confiscate the profits of the mortgage guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. With that decision, the federal government thumbed its nose at transparency, flaunted the basic rule of law and property rights, and put the government deeper into the mortgage market. It moves our country in the opposite direction of where it should be headed.
- The Anti-Gun Billionaires: … by Glenn At New…
Those on the left say they abhor big money’s corrupting influence in politics — until a leftist billionaire starts trying to sway public opinion. That’s okay with them, because, you know, old George Soros really isn’t creepy at all — he’s just a grandfatherly figure who gives like Santa Claus. And the same goes for Warren Buffett and Michael Bloomberg — their billions are okay, too. All Bloomberg wants is for the rest of us to give up tobacco, big gulps, and guns.
Now Bill Gates has joined on the great lefty-billionaire good-guy list. Gates is donating $1 million to push a voter initiative in Washington State that would require “universal background checks” for all would-be gun buyers. If it passes, all gun sales will have to be vetted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
“Universal background checks” has a nice poll-tested ring to it, but in reality it will really just make it more expensive and burdensome for private Americans to do what they’ve always done: trade, buy, and sell guns among themselves. According to the Gates initiative, a gun owner can’t sell a Winchester Model 70 rifle to a friend without running the transfer through a licensed gun dealer and paying fees and taxes. A gun owner on a skeet range also can’t say, “Hey Bob, can I try a round with your Beretta? I’m thinking about buying a Beretta.” He can’t buy the gun because, unless he runs off to a licensed dealer and does a lot of paperwork and pays fees, it would be illegal.
- Gun Show Funnies: No Obama … by Glenn At New…
- Ray Ficara on “Repeal the SAFE Act&…Are they in the basement of the Gov's Mansion?
- Ray Ficara on Star Witness In Michael Bro…Is he Jenteal's cousin?
- Ray Ficara on An Automatic Weapon Is What…The Media HAVE their "sources".
- Ray Ficara on Gun-grabber Bloomturd’s epi…The ONLY stores not robbed or burned were guarded by owners with GUNS.
- Glenn At New… on Bloomturd’s Departing Front…Notice he 'fesses up only after Bloomturd's last paycheck cleared...
- Ray Ficara on Video: Stupid Liberals Shoo…They ALWAYS do. That's why libs hate ranges and shooting schools.
- Ray Ficara on Bloomturd’s Departing Front…But you can have a NICE living of them.
- Greg Tabor on Bloomturd’s Departing Front…Well, Duh, anyone with half a brain could have told you that it wouldn't work!!!
- Greg Tabor on Trend toward stand your gro…Who else sleeps with a pistol under their pillow?? Mine's a .45, how about yours?
- Greg Tabor on The Second Amendment Only A…Well, Duh, money Rules, Peons eat shit.