Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns took a decent hit last week when nearly two dozen members of the coalition lost their bids for reelection, while another 69 members chose to retire and not seek reelection. According to townhall.com, many of the mayors who chose to retire were from cities in New York and Connecticut, where harsher gun control laws have been implemented since last year. You can find the full list of defeated mayors at the link above.
If you’re a Twitter-person, and you go forth to do battle for the 2A, the other Shannon Watts would like you to ensure you’re tweeting the right person. The twitter handle of the founder of Moms Demand Action is @shannonrwatts (note the ‘r’), NOT @shannonwatts (no ‘r’).
I get an insane amount of tweets per day that are meant for some other shannon watts who is causing a ruckus in the world of politics. Fuck
— Shannon Watts (@shannonwatts) November 11, 2013
A previously unnoticed section of the NY SAFE Act is keeping a major piece of data from that law secret. That data is precisely how many “assault weapons” have been registered with the state. The detail of the law has only come to light as organizations have started requesting the data, only to be turned down, with the citation “State Police cannot release information related to the registration of assault weapons including the number of assault weapons registered.” Advocacy groups on both sides of the issue have expressed their displeasure, including the state League of Women Voters (who supported the SAFE Act), the Orange County NY Shooters group (who opposed it), and the State Committee on Open Government and the New York Public Interest Research Group (both of whom were neutral on the SAFE Act, but believe that the information should be public). There is a provision for getting the info with a court order, but that takes money that many organizations simply don’t have.
Bob Owens over at bearingarms.com has this headline: Record number of Newtown, CT citizens determine that Wayne LaPierre was right. Apparently residents there want to be the “good guy with a gun,” as pistol permit applications in 2013 (253 through October) are on pace to exceed the totals for 2011 (99) and 2012 (172) combined.
Jerry Miculek takes his M1 Garand out for a little rapid fire action, with a high-speed camera.
BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, PING! at 1000 frames per second. As Jerry says, “Let’s make it talk!”
One of the sites I visit daily is Ernie’s House of Whoopass (site NSFW). Back in 2001, Ernie had a brainstorm… well, I’ll let him tell it: “So anyway, it was mid December, the 14th in fact, and I woke up and had the bright idea of soliciting donations from a few of my subcribers to see if we could scrounge together enough bucks to fly a few military folks home to their families for Christmas. Like most things I do, this went from, ‘hey I have an idea,’ to actually trying to do it in about 3-4 minutes. I’ve never been a big planner.” Within a few days he had over $14,000 raised, 25 service members got plane tickets home that they otherwise could not afford, and Let’s Bring ‘Em Home was born. Every year since then has been a rousing success, with nearly $162,000 raised in 2010, and nearly $90k last year sending 118 troops home. Donations are tax deductible, they keep their administrative expenses below 5% (last year was 3.66%), and they accept frequent flier mile donations as well. LBEH is one of only one or two places I am willing to put my own money, so click the banner below (or the link above) for more info. Please. (Both links are completely SFW.)