“The big illusion about crime is that you can’t do anything about it,” New York Attorney General candidate Eric Schneiderman told rocnow.com. “That’s nonsense.” Is it? Isn’t there a base level of crime; a sort of social “background noise” that will always exist, no matter what? And shouldn’t Americans have the right to defend themselves against that crime by owning firearms, a right that’s guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution—and continually obstructed by both the state of New York and its local governments? But what do you expect from an AG wannabe whose website’s homepage makes no mention of the fact that he’s a Democrat? At least “About Eric” tells the truth about his views on gun control . . .
As a leading advocate for rational and effective gun laws, Eric Schneiderman serves as national co-chair of Legislators Against Illegal Guns and has been endorsed by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign and Gun Free Kids.
Rational and effective. Is that liberal code for draconian and unconstitutional? Yes. Yes it is. And now for the specifics from rocnow.com.
Schneiderman, a state senator from Manhattan, was flanked on the steps of City Hall by Mayor Robert Duffy, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, as well as other politicians and supporters.
The crime-fighting plan would establish what Schneiderman calls a special “I-95 coalition” with other state attorneys general. The reference is to Interstate 95, the superhighway that runs the length of the country’s East Coast. Schneiderman said the roadway also is used to transport illegal guns to places including Rochester . . .
The plan would tie in crime-fighting agencies through better communication and shared data and could include wiretapping and other surveillance techniques, Schneiderman said.
He called I-95 the “iron pipeline” of gun transport and said state attorneys general would be the best choices to handle such a problem.
“A relatively small number of gun dealers are responsible,” Schneiderman said. “We need to know who the guys are who are breaking the rules.”
Wait; if you can’t identify the irresponsible gun dealers, how do you know it’s a small number? And if wiretapping is part of your gun crime fighting strategy, it’s probably best not to give the alleged bad guys a heads-up in a press conference at City Hall.
Also, while I’m almost as anti-AFT as the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, wouldn’t the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and really big fires) be the better choice for investigating rogue gun dealers? It is, in fact, their remit, and it might help keep them out of everyone’s hair down on the Mexican border.
Perhaps the only thing worse than Schneiderman’s meaningless pandering to the Empire State’s gun grabbing gestalt is the mealy-mouthed misegos coming from his Republican opponent. Here’s Dan Donovan’s take on gun rights, ripped from his website.
As district attorney, I have fought to keep illegal guns off the streets in Staten Island, and have taken this issue to Congress as well. We must stem the flow of illegal guns into our state, close all sale loopholes that endanger safety and security and protect the rights of law abiding citizens.
“Close all sales loopholes” means that Donovan is in lockstep with Mayor Bloomberg’s homies over at Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), who rail against the mythical “gun show loophole” and the [now abandoned] “terrorist loophole.”
So, Dan, how do you close those pesky loopholes and protect the right of gun owners (yes you can say it) at the same time? Bit of conflict, wouldn’t you say? Dan? Hello? Perhaps we should do a different kind of Rhino review. Meanwhile, I wish that New York voters didn’t get the politicians they deserve. But they do.