Tag Archive: Repeal


NY SAFE Act Reform On The Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Two years after the state adopted among the toughest gun-control measures in the nation, some Republican state lawmakers are seeking reforms to the controversial law.

  Republicans senators in recent days have introduced bills that would either repeal the so-called SAFE Act or modify it, such as allowing homeowners to have 10 bullets, instead of seven, in a handgun at home.

  Critics said the law was hastily passed in the middle of the night in January 2013 and needs to be revisited. For example, a federal judge has ruled the seven-bullet limit as unconstitutional, and police aren’t enforcing it. The law is also being fought in court.

  Gov. Andrew Cuomo championed the law in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in 2012, and he’s shown no interest in major changes. Some Democrats said they want to make the law stronger, while gun-rights advocates held numerous protests calling for its repeal.

  Republicans, who took a majority in the state Senate this month, said they would press for changes.

” I think the time is right for, if not outright repeal, then certainly modifications to the SAFE Act, and I’m hopeful we are going to see some movement on it in the new session,” said Sen. Phil Boyle, R-Suffolk County, who is sponsoring the “Defend Our Homes Act.”

  Since the law took effect in March 2013, there were 3,930 arrests as of mid-December under the various SAFE Act offenses, state records obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau showed.

  The overwhelmingly majority of the arrests — 3,230 — were in New York City, mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Outside the city, the most were on Long Island and then Monroe County, where there were 69 arrests, records shows.

  There were 53 arrests under the SAFE Act in Erie County, 34 in Westchester County and 14 in Broome County.

  The most — 3,173 — were for criminal possession of a firearm, which was made a felony under the law. Of the total arrests, 2,409 were in 2014.”

 

 

 

    We won’t hold our breath over this one . In reality is changing the allowable pistol magazine capacity from 7 rounds to 10 any kind of significant reform ? We don’t think so especially since a Federal court has already ruled that provision of the law is unconstitutional .

   The only legitimate “reform” to the SAFE Act is outright repeal given that the law was another example of a Democratic majority pulling the wool over their constituents eyes with a rushed , dead of the night vote , shades of Obamacare

Read the rest and decide for yourself …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuclear Option Could Make Repealing Obamacare Easier

 

 

” Conservatives are outraged over Harry Reid pulling the trigger on the so-called nuclear option in the Senate, making it impossible for Republicans to stop President Obama from nominating anyone he wants to positions in the government.

But some on the right are finding comfort in the theory that Reid’s legislative maneuver could actually make it easier for Republicans to eventually repeal Obamacare — if all the pieces come together in 2017.”

 

 

     This easily falls into the “be careful what you wish for” category and it is amazing that the Democrats could be so short-sighted in their desire to approve a gaggle of lower court judges . They obviously want to pack the courts in an effort to shore up legal support for Obamacare but that only works with a presumption of a continued grasp on the reins of power . Are they really that confident that they will never be faced with a Republican majority that can now use the majority rule to their advantage ?

  This whole messy proceeding leads one to one of two inescapable conclusions … either the Dem’s have more dirty tricks up their sleeves that they believe will maintain them in power for some time to come or they are truly delusional . Which do you suppose it is ? Say what you will about the Dems , and we have little positive to offer on their behalf , they are and always have been willing to fight … unlike their capitulation-prone opponents on the other side of the aisle . This should give us all pause to reflect and not be so confident that the invocation of the “nuke option” will turn around and bite the Dems on the a** . 

Read the rest and decide for yourself .

 

Illustration by Daryl Cagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPSTATE EMPIRE STATE POLS WORK TO REPEAL CUOMO’S GUN LAW

 

 

 

” Opposition to New  York’s extreme gun control law the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act continues and elected officials are stepping forward to promote full repeal of the bill that was hastily, strong-armed into law.

“The Republican majority made this happen,” said Rep. David J. DiPietro (R.-East Aurora), a freshmen state assemblyman representing parts of Erie and Wyoming County in western New York.

Dean G. Skelos (R.-Rockville Centre) who is the majority leader of the New York State Senate is to blame, he said.  “He voted for the bill.  He allowed the bill to come to the floor.

The former Village of Aurora trustee and mayor said that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo brokered a deal with Skelos to enact the SAFE Act.  “They threatened Long Island Republicans that if they did not vote for the bill, $1 million would be donated to an opponent for their seat.”

Skelos and his Long Island delegation sold us out,” he said.

An overwhelming majority of Democrats in the state’s assembly will not pass a repeal bill, and the governor will not sign it, she said.  “Our hope is in the lawsuits pending and the courts determining the law unconstitutional.” “

 

    Long Island “Republicans” are nothing of the sort . They are all John McCain style republicans which is to say , no republican at all .

 

 

 

 

 

McConnell Vows To Repeal Obamacare…

 
” McConnell spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference next to a tower of 20,000 pages of health care rules and regulations. He calls it a “monument to liberalism” and says Republicans will not back down from the fight.”

 

 

 

 

 

Where Were These People On Election Day ?

 

 

 

 

Obamacare’s Stumbles Pose Political Risks For Dems

 

” When Democrats suffered their historic 63-seat loss in 2010, a plurality of voters (48 percent) told exit pollsters that they wanted Obamacare repealed. Only 16 percent said they wanted to see the law left as is, and 31 percent said they wanted to see it expanded.

Fast-forward to this November, when Obama won re-election despite winning fewer votes than he did in 2008. Even though the 2012 electorate was far more liberal than the one that delivered Democrats historic losses in 2010, Obamacare actually fared worse in the exit polls than it did in 2010. Just 26 percent of those who voted in 2012 said they wanted to see Obamacare expanded, only 18 percent said they wanted to leave it as is, and the percentage of Americans saying they wanted to see Obamacare repealed was up to 49 percent.

Yesterday, Gallup released a poll showing that, for the first time since it started taking the poll in 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage. Those numbers are likely to rise as Obamacare’s implementation begins.”

 

 

Illustration By Lisa Benson

  Not being a regular Mother Jones reader I am surprised that I am linking to them but as with the subject matter of the article it has created some strange bedfellows .
   I don’t think that this is the type of bipartisanship our “rulers” have in mind .

“The revolt against the NDAA has brought together organizations and activists that disagree on almost every other issue—tea party activists, the states’ rights Tenth Amendment Center,the American Civil Liberties Union, and Occupy Wall Street protesters. The NDAA is “waking people up to the idea that the federal government shouldn’t have this kind of power,” says Michael Boldin, the director of the Tenth Amendment Center. “We’re seeing this weird mishmosh coalition of people.” In mid-April, Boldin’s group joined a number of other conservative organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of liberal journalist Chris Hedges’ anti-NDAA lawsuit against the Obama administration. ”

  Once again the wisdom of the Founders comes to light as numerous states take matters into their own hands and attempt to mitigate this grossly unconstitutional powergrab .

  ” The NDAA backlash has already fueled action on the state level. In Virginia, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill that could prohibit state authorities from “knowingly” aiding in the military detention of a US citizen. The Arizona Legislature passed a bill making it a misdemeanor for state officials to help the feds detain US citizens under the NDAA, and the Maine Legislature passed a joint resolution urging Congress and the president to amend the law to make it clear that Americans apprehended on US soil can’t be detained without trial. All three states have legislatures with Republican majorities. ”

  This is exactly why Washington DC in general and the Obama administration in particular demonstrate such disdain for the principle of ” state’s rights ” .

    We all owe a debt of gratitude to the state of Arizona , Gov. Brewer , Sheriff Arpaio and everyone else in that state for pushing back against the Feds .