We’re wrapping up the week by giving the award for the most indigestion-inducing item of the week to Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He’s pissed off the Democratic Party leadership by demanding big-bucks donors cut off candidates who don’t vote the way he wants them to, one of his former bodyguards was convicted of attempted murder for shooting his girlfriend’s ex, and his MAIG “Disarmament or Bust” Bus Tour listed a terrorist and other criminals killed by the police as victims of gun violence. Sometimes it just sucks to be a megalomaniacal billionaire bent on world domination who is surrounded by so much incompetence. Mikey, if you’ll send us a good shipping address, your case of Maalox will be on its way. And in other hard-to-swallow news . . .
Senator Joe Manchin wants to help other senators understand and be comfortable with his background check legislation. He told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “There’s so many things we can do, and I’m wide open to talking to all my friends — Republicans and Democrats — to see if they can find a comfort level.” He also wants “constituents throughout America” to know that “if you’re a law-abiding gun owner” you’ll like his bill. And you won’t like if “you’re a criminal or you’re criminally insane… [or] you’re a terrorist…” Or if you believe in the Constitution.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ready to sign the legislation to exempt retired police from the state’s mag-cap and “assault weapon” restrictions. The legislation would “apply to officers who bought or were issued restricted weapons in the course of their duties and who retired in good standing,” and they’d have to requalify after they retire and register the guns. Do they also have to pass a mental health check, too?
Colorado has passed yet another gun-related law. This time they’ve closed an “Internet-era loophole they didn’t envision 10 years ago” by prohibiting all-online concealed-carry training courses. Up until now, you could complete the coursework and receive your concealed-carry certificate without ever leaving the comfort of your home. The new law, though, will require interaction with a firearms instructor to show you actually know something about gun safety before you get your permit. Six other states currently allow all-online permits: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri and Virginia.
Katie Couric wants women to feel safe. She put together a segment for her little-watched show titled “Protect Yourself! No-Nonsense Self-Defense.” In her “Katie’s Take” webcast, she talked with black belt Gabrielle Rubin, the founder of Female Awareness and self-defense expert. What did Gabby suggest women do to protect themselves? “Be aware of [your] surroundings… have safety devices on you [like] pepper spray… a kubotan… an alarm.” Also, every woman should be “familiar with at least two ‘go-to’ strikes” for fighting back. So who’s been paying attention? What very effective self-defense item is conspicuously absent from Katie’s list, hmmm?