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  • Connecticut Shouldn’t Be Surprised That “Fewer People Than Expected Have Registered Weapons”

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    Earlier this year, Connecticut politicians took advantage of the horrific Newtown shootings to dust off a wish list of draconian firearms restrictions and race them through the legislative process into law. The restrictions wouldn’t have prevented the mass murder—they would have been completely irrelevant to the crime, in fact—which may be why they were rammed through under “emergency certification” with no referrals to committees or public hearings. Among other things, the new law requires registration of “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines by January 1, 2014. Any student of history could have predicted officials’ current concerns now that relatively few residents are complying with the law and telling the state what they own as the deadline fast approaches.

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  • Gun Ban Fallout: Colorado Seen Trending Republican After Latest Democratic Recall/Resignation!

    Image: Colorado Seen Trending Republican After Democratic Resignation

    Miss Piggy resigned rather than be recalled for her Gun Ban Vote!

     

    Colorado has been rocked by the surprise resignation of Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak, and Republicans from Denver to Washington have begun to seriously discuss whether this is the latest sign that the Centennial State is again trending Republican.

    Hudak’s Nov. 27 resignation — which puts Republicans in a stronger position to win control of the state Senate next year — occurred as the latest polls show Colorado’s two top Democrats Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall — highly vulnerable to Republican challengers in 2014.

    “Overreach” is a term Republicans in Colorado often use to characterize the major reason that Democrats are now facing major challenges to the lock they have held on major statewide offices for nearly a decade.

    As former state Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams told Newsmax, “Democrats may very well have overreached when they pushed gun-control legislation through the Senate and when they supported a major tax increase for education that voters turned down by a margin of 2-to-1 last November.”

    Coming less than four months after two fellow senate Democrats were ousted in recall elections organized by gun owners and conservatives, Hudak was the target of a petition drive to place her on the ballot in a recall election.

    Had the election been held and Hudak ousted, the state Senate’s present one-seat Democratic edge — 18 seats to 17 in Republican hands — would have flipped to the Republicans, giving them control of the upper house of the legislature.

    But the two-term senator chose to quit rather than fight.


  • Black NYC Councilwoman Blames ‘Knockout’ Attacks on Jews in Neighborhood

    The alleged “knockout” attacks on Jewish residents of Crown Heights may stem from ongoing racial tension between the neighborhood’s black and Jewish communities, a newly-elected Brooklyn politician said.

    Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent Crown Heights starting in January, released an open letter Tuesday saying that many of her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growth of the neighborhood’s Jewish community — and she fears the tension could be spiking the recent violence.

    “Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo wrote in the 1,200-word letter, which was emailed to supporters and posted on her Facebook page.

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  • Mother of Sandy Hook Victim: Background Checks Wouldn’t Have Prevented Tragedy

    Nicole Hockley, whose child was tragically murdered at Sandy Hook last year, said that background checks would not have prevented shooter Adam Lanza from getting the guns he used to carry out the atrocities. She also stated that the 911 tapes from that day should not be released.

    Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Hockley and Mitchell both conceded tha background checks would not have prevented Lanza’s mother from purchasing the guns Lanza eventually used at Sandy Hook. Hockley said Lanza’s mother should have been more responsible with her guns and noted that Lanza’s mental illness made the situation a “perfect storm” for the tragedy.

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  • De Blasio: ‘We Are in a Progressive Moment Right Now’ (Declares War on Capitalism)

    Bill de Blasio at last night's fund-raiser.

    Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.

    Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.

    “I am so appreciative of not just the support I received and my campaign received, I’m appreciative of all the people who were given hope by New York Communities for Change, who were shown their own power,” said Mr. de Blasio, speaking at the Transport Workers Union Local 100′s headquarters in Brooklyn.

    The fund-raiser drew hundreds of attendees, including many of the city’s political elite, allowing for the awkward collision of the Democratic powers-that-be and the strident, anti-establishment rhetoric of some of the event’s speech-makers. Chris Shelton, a vice president with the Communication Workers of America, urged the attendees noshing on brie cheese to join a “revolution” against the “bankers, billionaire and brokers of Wall Street.”

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  • The Primary Smelter Closure Isn’t Going to Affect Ammo Prices, and it Isn’t Backdoor Gun Control (Bob Owens)

    Yesterday, Breitbart News ran two stories related to the closure of the Doe Run primary lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri. Doe Run was the last primary smelter in the United States, which turned galena ore into the purest form of lead. The facility was unable to meet tightening EPA demands, and chose to shut down.

    Allen West—a patriot I greatly admire—claimed that the closure amounted to backdoor gun control from the EPA, which certainly feels right considering the rogue nature of the agency and the rogue nature of our current President. Unfortunately, his claim is incorrect.

    AWR Hawkins, a very prolific and talented writer, then claimed that the price of lead ammunition was going to rise as a result of the Doe Run primary smelter closing. This assertion is also inaccurate according to three levels of industry sources contacted by Bearing Arms.

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  • Libs Admit That Anti-Gun “Advocates” Will Have to Settle for Small Gains (NRA Blamed – Heh Heh Heh)

    Chuck Schumer is pictured. | AP Photo

    For gun control advocates, the smallest of accomplishments in 2013 may have to be enough.

    A 10-year extension of the ban on plastic guns — not toys but high-powered firearms that can evade detection by metal detectors — is poised to clear Congress before the existing 25-year law expires on Dec. 9.

    But even something that simple is full of obstacles and opposition.

    Nearly a year after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary killed 20 children and six adults and long after a failed attempt to pass universal background checks for those who purchase firearms, any attempt to change gun laws remains a herculean task.


  • House Extends Ban on “Non-Metal” Guns for 10 Years by Voice Vote

    The House on Tuesday quickly approved legislation that would extend a ban the manufacture, sale or other trafficking in non-metal firearms that can evade metal detection.

    By a voice vote, members passed the bill to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act for another 10 years.

    The original law was passed in 1988, and has been renewed twice since then. Without reauthorization by Congress, the law will expire next week, on Dec. 9.

    The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), said the law has had “overwhelming bipartisan support” in the past. However, he was the only Republican to speak on the bill, and the voice-vote approval prevented a detailed examination of how many Republicans opposed the bill.

    Democrats supported the extension as well, but argued that Congress should be looking to update the law to take into account new technology that allows plastic weapons and weapon parts to be produced on 3D printers. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said the law needs to be amended to ensure all critical gun parts contain at least some metal, so they can be detected.

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  • The New York Times Discusses “Zero Tolerance” School Pussification Policies

    Michele Eve Sandberg for The New York Times

    Belinda Hope, principal at the Pine Ridge Alternative Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Perhaps nowhere has the shift been more pronounced than in Broward County’s public schools. Two years ago, the school district achieved an ignominious Florida record: More students were arrested on school campuses here than in any other state district, the vast majority for misdemeanors like possessing marijuana or spraying graffiti.

    The Florida district, the sixth largest in the nation, was far from an outlier. In the past two decades, schools around the country have seen suspensions, expulsions and arrests for minor nonviolent offenses climb together with the number of police officers stationed at schools. The policy, called zero tolerance, first grew out of the war on drugs in the 1990s and became more aggressive in the wake of school shootings like the one at Columbine High School in Colorado.

    But in November, Broward veered in a different direction, joining other large school districts, including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago and Denver, in backing away from the get-tough approach.

    Rather than push children out of school, districts like Broward are now doing the opposite: choosing to keep lawbreaking students in school, away from trouble on the streets, and offering them counseling and other assistance aimed at changing behavior.

    These alternative efforts are increasingly supported, sometimes even led, by state juvenile justice directors, judges and police officers.

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  • ‘Lefty’ librarian beaten to pulp in Knockout Game (Now He is a Conservative!)

    Before his encounter with the “Knockout Game” and racial violence, Paul Lane was “a lefty.”

    “As left as you can get,” he said.

    He supported Obama. Intends to vote for Hillary. Or least he did.

    That was until Nov. 7. The day everything changed for Paul. The day Kenneth Johnson walked into the Contra Costa, Calif., library and played the Knockout Game.

    “It was 2:49 in the afternoon,” said Lane, a librarian. “And this black guy – I won’t say he was a kid, he was 21 years old – comes into the room in the library. I was helping a 67-year-old guy with history and old movies, because I know that stuff. He was smiling as if he knew the guy I was helping. Then he – Johnson – walks up to the patron and hits him on the side of the head as hard as he can.”

    Three weeks later, in court, when Lane told his story, Johnson’s lawyer objected.

    “The witness doesn’t know how hard my client can hit,” said the lawyer.

    Actually, he might. Lane yelled at Johnson to stop hitting the patron. He did. Then he jumped over Lane’s desk and started hitting and kicking him. It got real bloody real fast.

    “So the guy jumps over the library desk and started beating me. And hits me about 20 or 25 times. I can’t remember exactly cause I’m kinda blocked out a bit. Yeah, he really whaled into me. He decked the patron with one punch. He hit me in the ear. In the side of the head. The top of the head. I was bleeding from the nose, eyes, mouth, ears.”

    Lane crawled into the other room and asked for help. Then it was over. Later, the newspapers would say the injuries were non-life threatening. Which, of course, depends on how you define life. The library walls were spattered with blood. Lane cannot pick up a book, let alone think about going back to work. He has headaches and “major concussion issues.”

    And other issues, maybe even bigger.

    “I’m a 58-year-old white man who work(ed) as a ‘liberal librarian’ in Northern California,” he said. “Not your typical WND reader, but as a research librarian I read a lot of news sources. And this attack was exactly the way you describe in your book and articles. Exactly the same.”

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  • De Blasio To Cuomo, Legislature: It’s My Way Or Highway On Universal Preschool Program (Infighting Begins)

    Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is upping the pressure on Albany to tax the wealthy, so he can make good on a campaign pledge to mount the largest expansion of pre-kindergarten classes in the nation’s history.

    De Blasio read a book to an upper Manhattan pre-kindergarten class on Tuesday, using the kids to send yet another message to the state capitol that he intends to use his landslide victory to force lawmakers to tax the wealthy so he can expand all-day pre-K.

    “I just want to show the media this dragon; it represents the fiscal challenges we face,” de Blasio said.

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  • Federal gun prosecutions decline despite Obama executive action (Epic Failure in the White house)

    More than a year after the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Obama’s directive to amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws hasn’t made much difference in how many people are charged with gun crimes.

    U.S. attorneys that prosecute such cases charged 11,674 people with breaking federal gun laws in the fiscal year that ended in September, compared to 11,728 people the year before.

    “The federal gun charge numbers are not an accurate reflection of the Department’s efforts to investigate and prosecute gun violence,” said Allison Price, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, in a statement. “The fact that we may not prosecute a gun case in federal court does not mean the case is not prosecuted at all.”

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  • Gun-related U.S. patents at 35-year high!

    Smith & Wesson reported record sales of US$588-million for the fiscal year ending April 30, up 43% over 2012

    Gunmakers such as Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger & Co. are boosting firearms sales by building weapons that are more accurate and easier to use, with gun-related U.S. patents at a 35-year high.

    Demand is growing as more states allow people to carry concealed weapons and lawmakers discuss limiting sales after mass shootings at public venues like schools and movie theatres. Ownership is rising among women and the elderly.

    Manufacturers are competing for sales with improvements such as magazines that increase a bullet’s accuracy or are lower in cost. Of 6,077 patents issued since 1977 in the firearms class, 19% were in the past four years, with a record 370 issued last year, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    “There’s money to be made and everybody wants to protect their moneymaker,” said Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, which has been in business for more than 50 years and carries more than 7,000 guns. “There is a huge amount of technology going into these products.”

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  • NYCG Radio Episode #44 – 11/25/13 “NYCs Absent Mayor”

    New York City Guns Radio Episode
    #44

    IN THIS EPISODE: Bloomberg in Bermuda During Derailment, NY SAFE Act still generates firestorm, New York State Rifle & Pistol Assocation: “Repeal the NY SAFE Act” Lawsuit Update, Elderly woman could be city’s 10th ‘knockout game’ victim, No 11: Hasidic Man Victim Of Latest Possible ‘Knockout’ Assault In Williamsburg, Karate rabbi wants to train Jewish kids to combat ‘knockout’ thugs, ‘Bizarre behavior’ could be risk to Christie White House run, The Real Bill de Blasio, In New York City, the Perfect Storm is Building, City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes in public places as high-tech successor to smoking ban, Crime rate plunges after Camden NJ dumps unionized police, Ammo Price Surge Expected as EPA Regulations Close Lead Smelter, Third CO State Senator Out Over Gun Restrictions.
    WARNING! This Content Contains AWESOME VULGARITY