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  • 09/16/2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Intimidation as Hate Speech By Harold Moskowitz

                Berrell Trammell was an African-American small business owner.  Often, he stood on a nearby street corner holding a “Trump 2020” sign.  He told a friend that he changed his location to in front of his business because the people at the corner were likely to try to kill him.  At 12:30 P.M. on 7/24/20, he became a victim of a drive-by shooting as he held his Trump sign.  His deep belief in democracy and political free speech likely led to his murder.  What happened to Mr. Trammell can happen to anyone in today’s America.

                When constant political vilification of a political personality and his or her supporters becomes the norm, it leads to predictable results.  Today, it appears constantly on radio, cable news, T.V. sitcoms, late night comedy, and in statements by cultural personalities, sportscasters, athletes and political leaders past and present.  It appears in Hollywood productions, published media and the omnipresent internet blogs and tweets.

                This social cancer must be meaningfully addressed.  One should not have to fear that carrying a sign or wearing something identifying the person as a supporter of a candidate could result in injury or even death.  Likewise, the use of a bumper sticker or a yard sign should not induce fear of property damage.  Additionally, attending a rally or other political event should not subject the attendees to the possibility of a mob of protestors shouting vile obscenities and using violence against them.

                Not only is such vilification aimed at supporters of a targeted political candidate, it is aimed at the National Rifle Association as well.  The same techniques are used to portray the NRA as an evil organization bent on allowing miscreants to illegally obtain weapons, thus making it responsible for the massacres of school children and others.  These vilifiers are willing to condemn the five million men and women who belong to the NRA as being “red neck Neanderthals” who support violence.

                Both vilification movements emanate from the same sources.  These attacks are coordinated propaganda campaigns which follow Hitler’s Third Reich’s “Big Lie” technique.  A lie repeated over and over becomes accepted by all as being true.  They also contain elements from Saul Alinsky’s communist community organizer handbook Rules For Radicals.

                In all cases, coordinated vilification is a form of intimidation designed to alienate the target and to weaken it to the point of destruction.  This radical method to suppress or destroy opposition must be eliminated if our democratic political system is to endure.  It is likely what led to Berrell Trammell’s murder as he exercised his First Amendment rights on a street in Milwaukee.  Constant vilification is truly “hate speech” and potentially causes violence.  Our political “elites” at all levels of government need to step aside from politics and recognize what it really is.  They need to have the backbone to rein it in or face political backlash for inaction.

  • 09/15/2020 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Comparing Presidential Candidates by Steve Getman

    Rarely in American history – perhaps last in 1860 when Lincoln was elected – has there been such a wide divide between the two major parties and their candidates for President.  Yesterday we compared the Vice-Presidential candidates and today we present the Presidential candidates’ positions on the 2nd Amendment.

    President Donald Trump, a Republican, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), with that group saying he delivered on his promise to protect Second Amendment rights.  Among the reasons:

    • Trump announced his “un-signing” of the anti-gun United Nations Arms Trade Treaty appeared at the NRA-ILA Annual Leadership Forum;
    • He designated gun businesses to be “critical infrastructure” during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to remain open in many areas;
    • Trump loosened regulations on the export of firearms and the online publication of technical information about guns;
    •  He supported right-to-carry reciprocity;
    • Trump has worked to expand millions of acres of public access to law-biding gun owners and to reverse bans on traditional ammunition;
    • After Democrats introduced federal legislation in 2018 to expand background checks and more tightly regulate gun sales and transfers, he threatened to veto the measures;
    • Perhaps, most importantly, the President has appointed a large number of conservative federal judges.  By the end of July 2020, the President had appointed 201 federal judges.  These appointments, some analysts say, have already given a boost to legal challenges to gun control laws.

    Biden’s record on gun control covers 47 years, as a Presidential candidate, as Vice President and as a member of the U.S. Senate.  His record has been replete with anti-gun measures, earning him an “F” from NRA:

    • Biden pushed the Brady Bill and brags he was the person who got it passed;
    • He supported (and supports) the so-called “assault weapons ban;”
    • Biden supported (and supports) closing the so-called “gun show loophole;”
    • He voted against prohibiting frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence;
    • Biden was asked by President Obama to head up the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force;
    • Biden has endorsed federal handgun bans and gun-owner licensing;
    • He supports banning online sales of weapons and ammunition and requiring background checks for people buying gun kits or 3D printer codes for guns;
    • Biden has referred to 9 mm pistols as “military style weapons;”
    • During a 2019 interview with CNN, Biden explicitly said his administration would support gun confiscation.

    The ratings for 2nd Amendment support seems fairly clear.  Trump gets and A and Biden gets an F.

    Note: Thanks to Steve Getman for researching these facts.

  • 09/10/2020 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Ugly History Behind The “Victims” by Tom Reynolds

    The media has tended to paint several “victims” of police shootings in the best possible way, overlooking some rather ugly history.  The actual criminal histories of the “victims” in the Kenosha Wisconsin shootings are described below.

    The Daily Signal wrote about the first person Rittenhouse shot, “Rosenbaum was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor in 2002, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sex-offender registry, government records showed. Rosenbaum also had…open cases in Kenosha: one on bail jumping and another on battery, two counts of domestic abuse and disorderly conduct, according to court records."

    The man who hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard before being shot was Huber.  Per Daily signal, “In 2012, Huber was found guilty of felonious strangulation, two counts of domestic abuse, false imprisonment and use of a dangerous weapon, records showHuber was again found guilty in 2018, this time of disorderly conduct, domestic abuse and repeat offender charges, according to online documents”. 

    The third man, shot in the arm while holding a pistol was Grosskreutz.  Again, per Daily signal, “Grosskreutz was found guilty in 2016 of carrying a firearm while intoxicated — a misdemeanor charge, according to court records.

    The shooter, Kyle H. Rittenhouse has not been convicted of anything.  There was a false claim that he had a record but it was someone with a similar name, Kyle J. Rittenhouse.

    Let’s not forget another “victim”; George Floyd’s death is supposed to be the catalyst of all the riots.  He was arrested on August 2, 1997 for delivering less than one gram of cocaine to someone else and sentenced to about six months in jail. Arrested and charged with theft on September 25, 1998, and again on December 9, 1998 and sentenced to a total of 10 months and 10 days in jail.  On August 29, 2001, Floyd was sentenced to 15 days in jail for “failure to identify to a police officer,” court documents say.  He was arrested and charged for having less than one gram of cocaine on him on Oct. 29, 2002; for criminal trespassing on Jan. 3, 2003; for intending to give less than one gram of cocaine to someone else on Feb. 6, 2004; and for again having less than one gram of cocaine in his possession on Dec. 15, 2005. He was sentenced to about 30 months in jail, total, for those crimes.  In 2007, authorities arrested and charged Floyd with his most serious crime: aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.  He was sentenced to five years for that.

    Snopes is a heavily left fact checker.  It tried to bury Floyd’s criminal record when it “fact checked” a meme showing Floyd’s true criminal history.  Snope’s short comment, buried in the middle of a very long and almost funny defense of all things Floyd, “The claims in the meme are a mixture of true and falsethe alleged crimes and time periods are mostly accurate, with the caveat that Floyd was convicted of theft in 1998, not armed robbery. But the following information makes other aspects of the post misleading: Not all the crimes resulted in prison time, but rather jail sentences”.  (Oh wow, he went to jail instead of prison!  Calling it prison is so misleading about the poor man’s character!) 

    Amazingly, Michael Reinoehl, the Portland Oregon killer of Aaron Danielson of the Patriot prayer movement, is not being portrayed sympathetically.  According to the Wall Street Journal, he was arrested on June 8 for speeding 111 miles per hour, allegedly under the influence of marijuana and with a concealed and loaded Glock handgun on board.  (He didn’t have a concealed handgun license). The newspaper said he also had his 11-year-old daughter in the car, and at the time he was racing his 17-year-old son.  He failed to appear at his arraignment in July.  (Too busy “protesting”?)

    The Seattle Times reported that Reinoehl was cited by Portland police in July for possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, (a riot?) though at the time of his death there apparently have yet to be charges filed.  (We don’t need new gun laws, just enforce those we have on the books.)

    Maybe there is a reason none of the media jumped on the sympathetic portrayal bandwagon for Reinoehl?  About Reinoehl’s death, his sister is quoted by the Daily Mail stating, “'I wouldn't say at this point that this counts as bad news.

  • 09/08/2020 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Kenosha Wisconsin Shootings (Part 2) by Tom Reynolds

    Shootings of three people (two fatally) in Kenosha Wisconsin occurred during the rioting that followed the Jacob Blake shooting.  This shows what happens when riots are left unchecked, public officials don’t do their jobs and people are  forced to defend property.  Beware of left-wing DA‘s.

    Background

    Per Pierce Bainbridge, the law firm representing Kyle Rittenhouse, he lives 30 minutes away in Antioch, Illinois and he works in Kenosha as a community lifeguard. Rittenhouse decided to help a business owner defend his property from rioters.  He was armed with a Smith & Wesson AR 15 style .223 rifle with a 30 round magazine.  He obtained the rifle in Wisconsin, after he decided to help, (but it is not clear how he got it).

    Pre shooting

    Per Bainbridge, a crowd moved towards the shops Rittenhouse was guarding, where they teased and taunted those protecting the businesses. After the crowd passed the premises, Kyle believed the threat of further destruction had passed.  He became concerned with the injured protestors and bystanders at a nearby gas station and went to it with a first aid kit.

    1st shooting

    Per Bainbridge, after rendering aid, Rittenhouse received word that a second shop, down the street, was the new target. "As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who…began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker (Joseph Rosenbaum) lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle. He reacted instantaneously…firing and striking the attacker."

    A Daily Caller reporter, Richard McGinnis, was close to and behind Rosenbaum.  He told detectives that Rosenbaum was “trying to get closer” to Rittenhouse and Rittenhouse started running away.  He was chased by Rosenbaum and other people. Rittenhouse eventually turned (after a single shot was heard behind Rittenhouse) and faced Rosenbaum with his gun pointed down.  Rosenbaum definitely tried to grab the gun.  Rittenhouse pulled the gun away, raised it and fired four times as they came together. 

    He initial shot that caused Rittenhouse to turn was fired by someone in the crowd, not Rosenbaum.  But Rittenhouse did not know that.

    Immediate aftermath of 1st shooting

    Rittenhouse looked at Rosenbaum on the ground, then ran away with a cellphone to his ear saying, "I just killed somebody." Investigators identified Dominic Black as the friend Rittenhouse had called. 

    Bainbridge explained. "Kyle…faced a growing mob gesturing towards him. He realized he needed to flee for his safety and his survival”.

    2nd and 3rd shooting

    Bainbridge explained that while Rittenhouse was running away from any confrontation, “Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground. One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker”.

    The official Criminal Complaint against Rittenhouse, based primarily on videos, says that Rittenhouse was running away and being chased.  Someone swings at Rittenhouse and knocks his hat off but Rittenhouse continues running.  Eventually, Rittenhouse trips and falls, and while on the ground, a man "jumps at and over the defendant" and Rittenhouse appears to shoot twice at him, but misses.

    According to the complaint, Anthony Huber approaches him with a skateboard, trying to wrestle the rifle away while his skateboard makes contact with Rittenhouse’s shoulder.  Rittenhouse, who was still on the ground, fired at Huber, who later died from the gunshot wound.

    After shooting Huber, the complaint says, Rittenhouse sat up and pointed his weapon at Gaige Grosskreutz.  When Huber was shot, “Grosskreutz freezes and ducks and takes a step back. Grosskreutz puts his hands in the air. Grosskreutz then moves towards the defendant who aims his gun at Grosskreutz and shoots him, firing 1 shot. Grosskreutz was shot in the right arm. Grosskreutz appears to be holding a handgun in his right hand when he was shot."

    2nd and 3rd shooting aftermath

    Rittenhouse got up and continued walking.  Cellphone video shows him still armed, with his hands raised, toward police vehicles. The police drove past him.  Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told reporters that there was nothing to suggest that Rittenhouse "…was involved in any criminal behavior even though he was armed and walking toward police with his hands up. Someone walking away with hands up, that wasn't out of the ordinary," Beth said. "Officers [were] telling him to get out of the way. They didn't see him as a suspect ... no idea [in that moment] he was involved."

    Rittenhouse is charged with first degree homicides, reckless endangerments and possession of a dangerous weapon while under 18. First-degree intentional murder in Wisconsin doesn’t require premeditation. It just requires that you intended to kill the person. The question is whether he acted in lawful self-defense. He can’t be held criminally liable if acting in self-defense, even if he intentionally killed someone.  There are, of course, legal nuances to this issue.  The Reckless Endangerment charges may be fallback positions if the homicide charges fail.  The Wisconsin statute on possession of a dangerous weapon under 18 is convoluted and actually may not apply to Rittenhouse’s situation.

    Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden condemned Rittenhouse as a member of an “extreme, right-wing militia” and suggested Kyle might be connected to “white supremacists and white nationalists and Neo-Nazis and the KKK.  There has been zero evidence to support this, so far.


  • 09/07/2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Kenosha Wisconsin Shootings (Part 1)  by Tom Reynolds

    Second Amendment defenders in New York should be interested in the Kenosha Wisconsin shootings that are in the news and the subject of subsequent rioting and the typical denunciations by celebrities and athletes.  They involve defensive use of a gun and an overzealous, anti-2A District Attorney.  Today’s post, Part 1, gives you the background on what appears to be the defensive shootings that will be discussed in Part 2.  There have been varying accounts in the media as to what happened.  Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, who leads the state Justice Department, said in a statement that the agency is trying to conduct an impartial investigation. The investigations will undoubtably add more details but the below is what we know, to date.

    Background on the 1st shooting on August 23rd

    The Kenosha News reported that a woman told police in May that Jacob Blake, 29, her ex-boyfriend, had come into her home and taken her car keys and vehicle. She also said he had touched her sexually without consent. Prosecutors charged Jacob Blake with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.  An arrest warrant for Blake was issued on July 6th.

    Why were police called on August 23rd?

    A 911 call alerted police that Jacob Blake, 29, was at the home of his alleged victim. The Wisconsin Department of Justice notes the police were called to the neighborhood by a woman who requested assistance because “her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.”  Brendan Matthews, attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association said that the officers were dispatched there because of a complaint that Blake was attempting to steal the caller’s keys and vehicle.

    Ben Crump, the attorney for Blake’s family said that Blake was only trying to break up a domestic dispute and did nothing to provoke police.

    Were the police aware that he had an open warrant for his arrest?

    In a dispatch audio of the incident, a dispatcher can be heard saying, “Jacob Blake isn’t supposed to be there and he took the complainant’s keys and is refusing to give them back.”  Brendan Matthews said officers were aware that Blake had an open warrant for felony sexual assault before they arrived.  Therefore, according to the Kenosha Professional Police Association, the officers on the scene knew he had an open warrant for felony sexual assault.  The dispatch indicates the police knew Blake was violating a protection order. 

    What immediately preceded the shooting?

    statement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice notes that officers tried to arrest Blake.

    A second video, taken before the shooting, shows Blake engaged in a struggle with at least two Kenosha police officers on the passenger side of the gray SUV.  An officer appears to be trying to restrain Blake before he manages to get up and walks to the driver’s door, the clip shows.

    Police first used Tasers (twice) to try to apprehend him; the Wisconsin DOJ statement says the nonlethal weapon “was not successful at stopping Blake.” 

    Did Jacob Blake have a knife?

    Brendan Matthews said, “The officers first saw him holding the knife while they (Blake and the officers) were on the passenger side of the vehicle.”  The bystander who recorded the shooting, 22-year-old Raysean White, said he saw Blake scuffling with three officers and heard them yell, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” before gunfire erupted. He said he didn’t see a knife in Blake’s hands. State investigators have said only that officers found a knife on the drivers-side floor of the car.  The state Attorney General, Josh Kaul, has said that Blake noted that he had a knife in his possession when the shooting occurred.

    Ben Crump, the attorney for Blake’s family, said earlier this week, that witnesses didn't see him with a knife.

    Aftermath

    Kenosha Police chief Daniel Miskinis said Blake is currently under arrest “for an outstanding warrant for third-degree sexual assault.” 

    More on the other Kenosha / Rittenhouse shootings to follow.

  • 09/03/2020 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    New York State Senate (Part 2) by Tom Reynolds

    Yesterday, we discussed the massacre that Republican State Senators endured in 2018, a non-presidential election year.  But this is now 2020 and a presidential election year.

    When voting for a state senator, keep in mind that you are also voting for the most powerful person in the Senate, the Majority Leader, which may be more important than your local candidate.  Your vote helps create a majority for your candidate’s party and whichever party has the majority elects a leader from its ranks.  That person has broad powers over everything that happens in the Senate.  The minority party has little (if any) influence. Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers is the current Senate Majority Leader and Rob Ortt of Tonawanda would be in line to become the Majority Leader if Republicans regain control of the Senate.  Reports are that, with the lackluster Republicans gone, there is a new energy amongst the new candidates with Ortt and Langworthy (State Republican Committee Chairman) as their leaders. 

    There can be no doubt that the leadership of the New York Democratic Party is anti 2nd Amendment and the Republican Party is the only thing that can stop them - if they can regain control of the Senate in the 2020 elections and if they are finally motivated to action once in office.  There is no possibility of gaining control of the Assembly and the governorship is not on the 2020 ballot.

    The American Conservative Union Foundation rated NY legislators on conservative issues, which would include gun control.  It puts the most radical left legislators in a class called, Coalition of the Radical Left.  Nearly every member of the Democrat leadership qualified for inclusion, including the majority leader / speaker and their top two deputies in each house.

    In 2020 a national census is being conducted and because of it the NY Senate districts will be changed (gerrymandered).  Whoever controls the Senate will be able to restructure districts to their party’s advantage.  If Democrats control the Senate, they will gerrymander Republicans into obscurity for a decade, until the next census occurs.

    We can expect a heavy turnout in this year’s election because the Presidency is on the line.  If they turn out, Democrats know they can control New York’s presidential electoral votes, so they will probably do just that.  Republicans must make an extra effort to turn out and vote if they want to stop NY City from steamrolling over Upstate NY. Those that are concerned about the heavily Democrat edge in NY City, should remember that in legislative races, not one vote in New York City is transferable to their district.   Legislative seats are truly a local issue.

    Does anyone doubt the Democrat’s leadership is anti-2A?  The local candidate may be pro-gun but they elect the leaders who control the agenda.  If you are appalled by the “peaceful protests” and value your 2nd Amendment rights as a defense against those “protesters”, ask yourself which party will protect your rights?  Is it time to preserve your constitutional rights and switch your registration and your votes?  If you live Upstate it’s vital to protect yourself against the tyranny of New York City's far left liberals.

  • 09/02/2020 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    New York State Senate (Part 1) by Tom Reynolds

    Proposed laws must be passed by both houses of the NY State legislature: the Senate and the Assembly.  Over the past thirty years, the Assembly has been dominated by liberal New York City Democrats while the Senate was usually held by Republicans from Upstate and Long Island.  The Senate acted as a buffer to stop most extreme liberal, anti-gun laws from being enacted.  It wasn’t perfect, but it was the only NY government body that was on the side of the 2nd Amendment – most of the time.  The Republican Senators played politics like a goalie; they stopped most, but not all shots, (think SAFE Act), and they never went on offense. 

    Prior to the 2018 election, the Republicans held the majority by 32 to 31.  In November 2018’s election, Republicans decisively lost control of the Senate; Democrats defeated five Republican incumbents and won three seats where the Republican incumbent didn’t run.  Later, nine other sitting Republicans announced their retirement.  Over half of the Republican “goalies” from 2018 will be gone in 2021!  In addition, Rob Ortt replaced John Flanagan as the leader of the Senate Republican Conference and Nick Langworthy replaced Ed Cox as the New York Republican Committee Chairman.  Both Ortt and Langworthy are from upstate western New York while their predecessors were from NY City and Long Island.  Has the Republican Party leadership figured out where their base is located?

    What happened in 2018?

    2016 was a presidential election year and, historically, voter turnout is much greater than two years later, in what is called an “off year election”.   In NY, the governorship is on the ballot in “off year elections”.  NY Senate seats are on the ballot every two years so they are contested in both presidential election years and off years.

    Looking just at the total votes for all New York Senators, in 2018 there were 1,013,000 fewer ballots cast than in 2016; fewer votes are expected in an “off year election”. The Democrats cast 263,000 fewer ballots in 2018 than in 2016, while Republicans cast 713,000 fewer ballots in 2018.  In four of the districts that turned from Republican to Democrat in 2018, the Democrats got more votes in 2018 than 2016.

    There are three probable causes of this:  First, some might see this as a reaction to President Trump, good or bad.  (But he wasn’t on the ballot).  Second, Republicans were uninspired by the non performing “goalies” in the Senate and registered their disgust by not voting.  (Talk about self-defeating!)  Third, Democrats know their vote counts in NY while many Republicans believe their vote doesn’t count.  Without a presidential election to bring them out, Republicans sat at home while Democrats knew they could elect a governor if they just showed up.  (75% of life is just showing up. Republicans didn’t and their political influence is just barely alive in New York.)

    What’s the answer to all this?  Just show up and vote.  Don’t worry just about the presidential election, the down ballot seats are important.  These are the people who will stop or allow anti-gun legislation to pass.  These are the mayors and sheriffs that will make decisions when the “peaceful protesters” come to your neighborhood to steal, burn and pillage.  These are the councilpersons who will vote on defunding your police.  Your future is in your hands.

  • 08/28/2020 8:40 PM | Anonymous

    Open Letter To Governor Cuomo by Tom Reynolds

    After watching months of riots engulf America, we say enough is enough.  It’s time for you to take action against weapons that are being used to commit crimes.  It’s time for you to ban Assault Skateboards.  It’s time for you to amend your ban on Assault Weapons to include these dangerous Assault Weapons!

    Sure, they are in common use, but anyone watching the videos of the peaceful protests turning violent has to be appalled at the use of Assault Skateboards.  You did not hesitate to ban AR 15 rifles even though they are commonly held firearms by the hundreds of thousands and yet you have not done the same for skateboards, which also are commonly held and number in the hundreds of thousands.

    How is a police officer to distinguish a peaceful skateboarder rolling by on his way to peacefully protest from the criminal element who will use the skateboard to destroy and assault?  We’ve seen these weapons used to “break and enter” - a crime.  We’ve seen them used against police in major cities and most recently in an assault in Wisconsin - also crimes.  When will it end?

    We saw in Wisconsin how an Assault Skateboard led to the death of the peaceful protester who was beating his victim across the head with his Assault Skateboard.  In Wisconsin the AR15 rifle is legal but in New York they are not.  Governor Cuomo, level the playing field so that skateboarders do not have an advantage over disarmed citizenry.  Ban Assault Skateboards!

    Assault Weapons are banned because they look dangerous but skateboards get a pass because they are brightly colored.  That’s called camouflage. 

    Remember Michael J. Fox’s use of a skateboard to wreak chaos and havoc in “Back To The Future”?  That is our future unless you act now.  Ban Assault Skateboards.

    For those that argue that the skateboard is not an Assault Weapon, we would point out that the AR-15 rifle is also not an "Assault Weapon"; it is a civilian rifle that has not been used by the military and would not be.

  • 08/27/2020 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Concealed Carry For Everyone’s Safety by Tom Reynolds

    Guns to Carry estimates 88,000 “Unrestricted / Concealed Carry” pistol permits in New York State; this is one of the lowest numbers in the nation.  Since NY City’s laws make it nearly impossible for the ordinary citizen to get this permit, it’s logical that most of these permits are in Upstate New York, but that’s still not a lot as a percent of Upstate population. 

    Concealed Carry permit holders can discreetly carry a gun anywhere in New York that they are not specifically prohibited. As the term “concealed carry” implies, the firearm cannot be carried in a manner that allows it to be seen by the casual observer.  “Open carry” is prohibited to civilians in New York, (with a few exceptions).

    Many anti-Second Amendment groups oppose both open-carry laws and concealed carry laws on the theory that the more guns there are, the more likely there will be gun violence.  (The more cars there are, the more likely there will be fatal auto accidents.  Do they also want to ban cars?  The left isn’t big on consistency.)    

    Contrary to the left’s imagery, gun carriers are not Wyatt Earp wannabe’s.  The purpose of carrying is to discourage violence from ever happening; self-defense through prevention.  We hope to never fire a weapon at another human being - and probably never will.  But if criminals know there may be someone in the vicinity who is armed and ready to respond, that may stop them.    

    To get an Unrestricted permit, gun owners are identified as unlikely criminals.  Gun owners undergo background checks and must get court approvals.  They probably took some instruction in order to qualify for the “Unrestricted” permit.  Most criminal shootings are done by someone who is not licensed, illegally obtained a firearm and has not taken and passed a NICS background check test.   

    Most people don’t know who is carrying a weapon because the guns are – well – concealed.  The gun might be under a shirt or coat or perhaps strapped to a leg or inside a purse.  But if you are a criminal considering doing a criminal act – which is by definition what criminals do - they also don’t know who might be “carrying”.  An experienced criminal “cases the joint” before acting and wants to be in control.  The unknown does not contribute to being in control. That uncertainty in the criminal’s mind helps protect everyone, even those not carrying a weapon and who may also be anti-gun / anti 2nd Amendment.    

    Might that girl with long hair and a tattoo at the local farmer’s market be carrying?  Guns are not just a “male thing”.  More and more women are carrying weapons for protection.   

    Is a potential murderer thinking of shooting up a religious service?  Surprise!  A gunman in Texas was immediately shot by a parishioner who was armed to stop such a shooting.  Many churches, synagogues and other houses of worship have armed members with concealed carry permits in attendance.

    The media doesn’t publicize it, but almost every day there is an incident where a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy.  Gun advocate organizations like the NRA and Ammoland publicize what the main stream media will not.

    What if everyone without a Concealed Carry license wore a sign on their back that said “Not Armed” or if houses without a gun had a sign that said “This House Does Not Have a Gun”?  How do you think that would affect criminal behavior?  Discreet possession of firearms protects us all.   If you don’t have a concealed carry permit, consider getting it.

  • 08/26/2020 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    Be careful of political jokes, they sometimes get elected by Tom Reynolds

    Years ago, politicians and the government were the equal opportunity butts of jokes. That was before the government was seen as the answer to all problems. (You shouldn’t make jokes about your savior). A century ago, Will Rogers was one of the best at taking a bipartisan look at the fallacies of both parties. Many of his jokes are as timely today as they were then.

    Congress

    It's easy being a humorist when you've got the whole government working for you.

    I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

    This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.

    Late night talk show hosts

    Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

    Buying political offices hasn’t changed

    A fool and his money are soon elected.

    Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated. America has the best politicians money can buy.

    Political Parties

    Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.

    The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

    I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.

    The difference between a Republican and a Democrat is that the Democrat is a cannibal, they live off each other, while the Republicans live off the Democrats.

    Politicians are just a bunch of local bandits, sent by their local voters to raid the public treasury.

    Was Rogers Against Mail in voting?

    There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over at sundown.

    Did he foresee Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi?

    I don't know who started the idea that a President must be a Politician instead of a Business man. A Politician can't run any other kind of business. So, there is no reason why he can run the U.S. That's the biggest single business in the World.

    A president just can't make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on.

    Trump’s Foreign Policy

    Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.

    Bernie Sanders and followers?

    A conservative is a man who has plenty of money and doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't always have plenty of money. A Democrat is a fellow who never had any, but doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't have some.

    2ND Amendment

    Ammunition beats persuasion when you are looking for freedom.

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