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The Rome, NY Daily Sentinel published an editorial on President Obama’s comment that ninety percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico are traced back to The United States.
A link to the editorial can be found HERE.
“More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States”
Those 15 words from President Obama are not true. But it doesn’t matter. Fake but accurate is good enough. Although debunked, the meme was repeatedly repeated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, NBC, the Chicago Tribune and others.
Factcheck.org says, “What Obama should have said is that 90 percent of the guns submitted by Mexican authorities and traced by the U.S. come from the U.S.” The number of guns used in drug-related crimes is unknown and probably countable. Where the guns are manufactured is not significant; it’s a serial number that would assist traceability. Most AK-47 assault rifles, for instance, don’t have serial numbers and would not be submitted to American authorities to trace. As the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms clarified for Factcheck.org, the 90 percent figure represents only guns that were submitted and could be traced.
But, gosh, don’t let accuracy get in the way of a good story. NPR certainly didn’t. They followed up concerns about the accuracy of the 90 percent figure with Polifact.org. Polifact concluded that the 90 percent number was wrong, but “We think the ATF number, presented in its proper context, provides legitimate and useful information to weigh when considering U.S. policy.” Huh? Give Polifact a Dan Rather Bobblehead Doll since they believe that for a good cause, fake but accurate is good enough. NPR, having checked its brains at the door, was greatly relieved to have its prejudices assuaged with verbal legerdemain.
It is useful to know that guns are being transported illegally into Mexico. It is not useful to lie about it. It cheapens the discussion and leads us to discount anything the speaker says.
Obama’s 15 words remind us that George Bush’s famous 16 words regarding Saddam’s pursuit of WMD toasted the brain cells the mainstream media, too. Whether Obama’s 15 words or Bush’s 16 words, mainstream media apparently consists of hounds that can’t hunt.
In Nordyke v. King the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the Second Amendment is incorporated against the states and local governments. The ruling was written by Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain with a concurring opinion from Judge Ronald M. Gould. The suit was originally brought about in an attempt to stop Alameda County from passing an ordnance that prohibits firearm possession on county property in order to prohibit gun shows at the county fairgrounds. The decision references Heller v. DC by saying that it abrogated Hickman v. Block (1996) which declared the Second Amendment only a collective right and not an individual one. However, the courts decision says that the Heller v. DC ruling centered on the ability of individuals to defend themselves in their homes but the ordnance enacted by Alameda County did not directly impede or limit armed self-defense in the home and not all laws that make exercising a right more difficult are automatically an infringement of that right.
How is this important to us here in New York State? The ruling applies to the states in the Ninth Circuit’s district which are AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR and WA. Although New York is not in their district, this ruling can be cited in other circuits. Even if cited by another circuit, the decision is not binding.
This decision comes after a previous decision by the Fifth Circuit Court decision to uphold the individual right to bear arms. That district includes TX, LA and MS.
This is another positive step forward for individuals who wish to legally own firearms.
In his state of the city address, David R. Roefaro, the mayor of Utica, NY declared war on illegal guns. Although the intent is noble, the method will likely trample the right of law abiding gun owners. Some quotes to note from his address include saying that guns are a “gateway to drugs and a recipe for murder.” He also bragged about being part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, saying that he joined the group of over 350 mayors to repeal the Tihart amendments which protect the privacy of gun owners claiming that it will aid in the city’s “access and studying the patterns of illegal guns” and prevent inhibition of the “success of National Criminal Background Checks.” The Utica Observer Dispatch published an article on the address which is posted on their website.
Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) along with the Nassau PD have been hit with a $5M lawsuit. Freeport resident Gabriel Razzano had his home raided and his legally owned guns confiscated a day after he went to McCarthy’s office to discuss an article regarding an illegal immigrant. Details are sketchy but this might be one to follow.
See the NY Post article here.
If you don’t know who Rep. McCarthy is, she is a democrat who has represented Long Island’s 4th congressional district for over 10 years. Her husband was murdered in the 1993 long island railroad massacre. She is now the most outspoken advocate of gun control in the house.
Some of you may remember her from the infamous video of her on national tv showing just how brilliant she really is.
See that video here.
Great News for firearms owners and enthusiasts everywhere. The on-going supreme court case of DC vs Heller has come to a close and the DC handgun ban has been declared unconstitutional. This is great news for handgun owners everywhere. Hopefully we’ll see the effects of this up in NY with handgun permits, and maybe the removal of the Assault Weapons Ban (yeah right, I can dream).
Read about it here at High court strikes down gun ban – CNN.com
Everyone, I hope, has heard about the Supreme Court case of The District of Columbia v. Heller, where a security guard has stepped up to say that the D.C. gun ban is an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment, his right to bear arms.
The New York Sun has published that if gun enthusiasts are victorious in the supreme court case, laws in New York City may change. Currently in New York City to own a handgun, it would cost almost $1000 in fees and is a very lengthy process.
Unfortunately, Mayor Bloomberg has come about as a definite foe of the gun community, where he has pressed lawsuits against manufactuers and retail establishments across the east coast. Something that the people of NYC should consider when voting next 😉
While sometimes New York City seems like a completely different state when compared to the remainder of New York, the laws and actions regarding firearms in NYC can have a great impact on the rest of the state.
Personally, I think we, as gun enthusiasts, need to support the Second Amendment all across New York State, with hopes that we can fight these ridiculous anti-gun laws.
A revision to the NYS assault weapons ban has passed the assembly and is currently in the senate. This bill has made it this far in the past and has died. Hopefully it dies again this time.
Significant changes to the law include:
Redefines assault weapons as a semi-automatic rille that accepts a detachable magazine having one or more of the following; a pistol grip, a second hand grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand, a folding, telescoping or thumb-hole stock, a barrel shroud or a muzzle brake or compensator.
Adds any semi-automatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and had a compensator to the list of banned weapons.
See the full text here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A07331&sh=t
See the summary and voting record from the assembly here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A07331
Write your senator. Find who yours is by zip code here: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sdlookup.nsf/Public_search?OpenForm
I know this article is a few weeks old now, but I just ran across it and gave it a good read. Read it and let us know what you think!
Personally, I am for enhancing gun safety and the like, but not if its just another stepping stone in trying to eliminate our Second Amendment rights.