| On Thursday, New York’s left-wing Attorney General, Letitia James, filed suit to dissolve the NRA. (Your tax dollars at work!)|
This obviously political action of using the courts for political gain brought an immediate response. Law & The Courts described this as “The latest bananas news from the banana republic that is the State of New York… a plainly partisan political attack. The point here is not to fight nonprofit fraud but a Democratic effort to embarrass and hobble a political opponent, to burden it with expensive and cumbrous litigation, and to weaponize the power of the attorney general’s office for partisan ends. (New York State a banana republic? Say it aint so! This response well summarized the situation.)
James alleged that the NRA “has operated as a breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality.” (While searching for a breeding ground for greed, abuse and illegality, how did she miss that manure pile called the Clinton Foundation?)
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released the following statement. “The New York Attorney General is shamefully abusing her power to target a political adversary…This action is…an attempt to use the levers of government to go after political opponents.
“From their endorsement of the “defund the police” movement to canceling our Founding Fathers, and now canceling our founding principles, there has been a troubling pattern from the Democrat attorneys general in recent months. We must stop the madness. Fortunately, the American people can read the tea leaves of this lawsuit – it is a partisan hit...” (A perfect summary of the situation.)
The timing is also revealing. The NRA has announced that is has been adding 1,000 members a day since June and will spend tens of millions on the election in battleground states. As an intended consequence of the lawsuit, some of that money will now have to be spent on this lawsuit.
This is part of an ongoing effort by the Democrat Party. San Francisco declared the NRA a “terrorist organization”. (But not Black Lives Matter and Antifa.) Los Angeles demanded that any NRA member doing business with LA must identify themselves. (That pesky 1st Amendment ended that.) Cuomo is using regulations to deprive the NRA of banking and insurance services. (Fredo’s big brother strikes again.) Joe Biden has said “We can beat the NRA”. (Of course, there is that obstacle called Trump in his way.)
The NRA struck back by suing James and claiming James purpose was, “to deliver on her campaign promises to retaliate against the NRA for constitutionally protected speech on issues that James opposes.” (Trump promised to “Make America Great Again” and James promised to stick it to the NRA. Both fulfilled a campaign promise.)
In a tweet, the NRA predicted, “…the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as we move into the 2020 election cycle”. (I wonder what Vegas’ odds are on that? 99%?) When the NRA wins, initially, NY State will appeal and drag this out, which will cost the NRA more but Letitia James is playing with “House Money” – your tax dollars – so cash is not an obstacle for her.
One of our founding fathers’ principal concerns was the power of government and government’s ability to use its power against the people. Doing away with the NRA isn’t really the ultimate goal of these lawless attempts. The ultimate goal is to do away with the Second Amendment (in truth, it’s to do away with the whole Constitution) and organizations like the NRA, S.C.O.P.E. and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association are in their way. We must stand united to prevent this.
End this unconstitutionality with your vote on November 3rd.
Some of the reasons why folks don’t turn out to vote in November and what the rest of us can do about it.
Voting requires some planning ahead, if you have not registered.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212) You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 9, 2020.
MAIL IN REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
If you’ve changed your address, you need to re-register to vote.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters (must be) received by a county board of elections by October 14,
Tired of voting for the lesser of two evils?
Vote in next year’s party primary, when your vote selects the candidates and where your vote is more meaningful because fewer people vote. To vote in next year’s primary, you must be registered in that party before this November’s election.
With governmental offices being closed much more than usual, you can go to https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html to download the registration form. For those who have access to a printer, it would be a kindness to your unregistered friends and neighbors who might not have internet access if you printed a few of the forms and had them handy for them to fill out.
As of this writing (late July), county boards of elections were awaiting state guidance regarding covid-19 and absentee voting for the November 3rd general election. At this time, voters are not able to use covid-19 as a reason for requesting an absentee ballot. However, legitimate illness, disability, absence and so forth are valid reasons to request an absentee ballot. Again, people with internet access and a printer can help out people who don’t have those things.
•Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections. You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form
•Download English Form ( pdf 485KB)
•Applications must be mailed to your county board no later than October 27th or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
•You may request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election.
Ignorance is no excuse.
Close to Election Day, county boards of elections generally publish sample ballots online that represent exactly the ballots that voters will be handed at their polling places. This is yet another way that people with internet access can help those without. There is no reason, anymore, why people shouldn’t already know whose name will appear on various lines before they enter their polling place. While voting might have seemed to be mysterious in the past and used as an excuse for not voting (or voting ignorantly), that is no longer the case.
November 3rd — please vote, and encourage your friends, neighbors, and family members to vote. Pick them up and buy them a coffee or a soda if that helps grease the wheels a little. We can change things but we have to use the weapon at our disposal and not leave it holstered — voting.
Asking SCOPE members to turn out and vote is like preaching to the choir. That’s true; or at least we hope it is.
A famous writer said that we humans tend to “…remove the organ and demand the function”. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings to be fruitful. In other words, given how little emphasis there has been on civic engagement in these past few decades, why are we surprised that our voting muscles have atrophied?
Whether you need some encouragement yourself to get out and vote or whether you would never miss an opportunity to vote but you know people who would have to be dragged to a polling place kicking and screaming, it may be worth a few minutes looking at some of the reasons why folks don’t turn out to vote in November and what the rest of us can do about it.
A excuse reason heard why gun owners are not registering to vote is that they don’t want to be called for jury duty.
The following are the ways NYS puts together its list of potential jurors (from the state website): “Potential jurors are randomly selected from lists of registered voters, holders of drivers’ licenses or ID’s issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles, New York State income tax filers, recipients of unemployment insurance or family assistance, and from volunteers.” Not registering to vote is not going to save someone from their civic duty of sitting on a jury. Register to vote and then perform another one of the relatively few civic duties we actually have to do—turn out and vote.
Also, we need people on juries who believe that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights should not be tossed out the window. There are more than enough of the other sort as potential jurors out there and we don’t need to cede more territory to the other side, in court or elsewhere, by simply not being there. Picture yourself on trial for a Safe Act violation and all 2A supporters avoided jury duty. 75% of life is just showing up.
2020 is, as we know, a presidential election year and while that generates a lot of interest, in NYS it may also lead to the next reason that people don’t vote: the feeling that their vote doesn’t count. But that may only apply to the presidential election in this coming November. All other lines on the ballot are totally up for grabs and the winner will be the candidate who can get the greatest number of people to turn out and vote for him or her. Many local elections are won by very few votes, usually a half-dozen or fewer, and in some cases by only one vote. It happens more often than you think.
For those elections that are literally closest to where you live—town, village, city, county—people’s individual votes absolutely do matter. Some of those candidates running for local office are on the same page with us (re: the Second Amendment) and some are definitely not. You should know which are which.
More information coming in Part 2
Credit to SCOPE, not me
From Gun Politics New York: There are limited opportunities for 2A advocates to impact races in New York. Decades of gerrymandering districts along with the power of incumbency make it very difficult to influence the outcome of elections, especially for Democrats. These are the races where I believe 2A advocates have a chance to play an important role. Voter turnout in the primaries is always low, especially in the City. Knocking out an antigun incumbent is more likely in these districts where a number of factors come into play including having a well-funded opponent, party disapproval and/or voter displeasure makes them vulnerable. Whether or not the challenger is pro-gun is irrelevant. Incumbents who voted for the SAFE Act, “Red Flag”, etc. must know they will pay a price for supporting gun control at election time.
On June 23, Vote Early and Often.
Assembly District 108 (Troy, Waterford, Cohoes, Watervliet, Green Island Albany, Rensselaer), Vote AGAINST incumbent John McDonald (D)
Albany County District Attorney, Vote AGAINST incumbent David Soares (D)
NYAGV announced they are launching Anger to Advocacy, a new peer-led Youth Over Guns program that will mobilize youth of color to speak out for holistic solutions to our nation’s gun violence epidemic. “This grant will allow us to train aspiring youth activists and empower Black and Brown youth who bear the brunt of structural inequities to be the agents of change needed to take on the dual threat of gun violence and COVID-19. “… “Gun violence is a pandemic in America with no end in sight. We are proud to be working with these grantees and look forward to lifting up their work.”
So Levis is paying to train youth to take your 2nd amendment rights away from you and become the anti-gun zealots of the future. Don’t give Levi’s any of your money. I’m asking gun rights groups to start and expand existing youth programs to expose youth to the reason, purpose and practicality of the Second Amendment! Some SCOPE chapters support school shooting sports groups in their counties. The NRA supports youth shooting leagues too. I know of at least one shooting club that does as well. We need more! Tell me (or post) what you and your groups are doing.
On May 15th, Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed a House rule that House Representatives can vote by proxy. She passed this rule even though the founding fathers demanded and expected members of Congress to meet together in person. It has been that way since the first meeting of Congress 231 years ago and has been that way through the yellow fever, the civil war, Spanish Flu, and 9/11. 75 Democrats didn’t bother to show up on May 27th, and voted by proxy, including the Capital District’s very own Paul Tonko.
Please email him and ask him to show up and vote, or leave Congress. If he is too old to show up during the pandemic, he should step down. https://tonko.house.gov/contact/
Credit to Jared at Guns & Gadgets on YouTube for this commentary. It came from him.
Kirsten Gillibrand wants to take 250 million dollars earmarked to help needy people in the next stimulus package and use it for gun violence prevention programs. I consider this despicable and a looting of the american treasury to finance political schemes in a crisis.
Gillibrand said. “The coronavirus outbreak has only amplified the gun violence epidemic in our country and it’s time we implement commonsense solutions to a problem that affects communities across the country. I will continue fighting to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence as we fight this pandemic.”
Action alert: If you think this is stealing from the public, call Kirsten Gillibrand and tell her so NOW at 202-224-4451 or https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me
Because of the Wuhan virus gun sales boom, New York’s Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to the ATF and FBI looking to change how gun sales are conducted during this sales surge and provide guidance to them. She is joined by 15 other Senators and the letter is penned by clown democrat Senators: Blumenthal (CT) and Markey (MA).
Gillibrand wants the ATF and FBI to change their procedures and:
1) have ATF urge FFLs not to release firearms if the 3 day wait period for delayed gun sales is exceeded, which could potentially result in infinite delays,
2) have the FBI collect data on 3 day delayed sales and report it to congress
3) wants the FBI to retain incomplete background check records past the statutory 90 day limit and retain them until after the government says the Commie virus is over
4) wants the FBI to use the N-DEx portal to disqualify people with incident, case reports, and investigations that are not yet found guilty, and
5) wants the ATF to remind the FFLs to tell people about safe storage and provide a gun lock for each handgun and also recommend that FFLs provide their customers, especially first-time gun buyers, with information about the risks and responsibilities of gun ownership and about safe storage practices.
Markey Gillibrand letter: https://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FINAL%20Letter%20to%20FBI_ATF%20On%20Surging%20Gun%20Sales.pdf
ACTION ALERT! Gillibrand is a poor representative of gun owners in her state, but the good news she is ours so you can call or email to complain and to let her know we exist and how wrong she is. Please contact her and tell her you oppose her letter and her stand on second amendment rights. Contact: www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me
From Stephen Williams of the May 6, 2020 Daily Gazette
113th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT — Washington County small business owner and conservative activist Jeremy Messina on Tuesday endorsed Dave Catalfamo for the 113th Assembly District, meaning there will be no Republican primary for the nomination to run against incumbent Democrat Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner of Round Lake.
The 24-year-old Messina decided not submit his qualified petitions to the state Board of Elections, and instead endorsed Catalfamo, who was a top aide to former Gov. George E. Pataki.
“Even though I dropped out of the race, I feel great backing David Catalfamo,” said Messina, who was endorsed by both the Saratoga County and Washington County Republican committees prior to Catalfamo entering the race. “Thank you so much to the Washington County and Saratoga County Republican committees for all your help and support. Together we will build a stronger and better New York. I know Dave will be vital in helping us repair our state!”
“As a small business owner with deep roots in Washington County, I am so grateful for Jeremy’s support,” Catalfamo said. “We have a shared commitment to ensuring our community has a strong voice in Albany to combat the reckless downstate interests that are ignoring our needs.”
The other Republican seeking the nomination was Michael York of Stillwater, who had his nominating petitions invalidated last week by the state Board of Elections after mainstream Republicans filed objections to his petitions. He said on Twitter that he would not endorse Catalfamo, whom be blames for orchestrating the objections to his petitions.
“I wasn’t given any deals, nor would I have accepted any,” he said on Tuesday.
Woerner is seeking her fourth two-year term representing the 113th Assembly District, which includes eastern Saratoga County and most of Washington County.
Catalfamo, 55, who is director of economic development for Oneida County, but has a long history in political consulting and lobbying state government in Albany, as well as high-level posts in the Pataki administration. He and his wife live in the Saratoga County town of Wilton.
From 2004 to 2006 he was director of communications for Pataki, overseeing the governor’s press and communications strategies and serving as a senior adviser to the governor. From 1997 to 2004, he was senior vice president at Empire State Development, Since the Pataki administration, he has worked primarily as a lobbyist and communications consultant in Albany.
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Rensselaer County DA Mary Pat Donnelly, Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo and Rensselaer County Chair Mike Stammel Announce 3 Forums on State Criminal Justice Reforms to be Held in Rensselaer County in December.
Criminal justice forums will be held on 3 dates:
Monday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m., County Legislature chambers, County Office Bldg., 1600 7th Ave., Troy;
Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., Schaghticoke Town Hall, 290 Skyline Dr., Melrose; and
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m., Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Rd.
Stop in and tell them what you think.