USA –-(Ammoland.com)- “Assemblyman Karim Camara and I were joined Friday by state lawmakers, family members who lost loved ones to gun violence, and community leaders in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to shed light on the gun lobby’s undue influence in New York State and called on it to help stop the shooting that is plaguing New York’s communities,” New York Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel writes in a Sunday New Hyde Park Patch opinion piece.
The bipolar contradictions of her opinions are evident right out of the starting gate, with her title accusation that “The Gun Lobby Can Stop the Shooting,” followed immediately with the sub-head “Assemblywoman Schimel calls on state gun lobby to help stop shootings.” Since when is lying about and insulting people an effective prelude to a plea for help?
“We are in a state of emergency in every community in urban America, where many of our citizens are being held hostage by the highly influential gun lobby,” Schimel quotes Camara, whom she informs us is Chairman of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. How very inclusive and tolerant. One can only wonder if “white Hispanics” would be welcome to ride in that bus.
Gun Rights Examiner readers were reminded yesterday that we are “the gun lobby.” In typical Orwellian double-speak, a government group that excludes based on race equates defense of the individual human right of self-defense with hostage-taking. That’s hardly surprising, as Schimel also equates firearm manufacturer Remington Arms presenting a reasoned argument exposing outright agenda-driven lies and saying pending legislation could make them give up the New York market as “tantamount to extortion.”
“This lobby has consistently thwarted any attempt at common sense gun legislation,” we are told.
Really? “Consistently thwarted”? In New York? Weren’t the anti-gunners just claiming the opposite recently in another lie, using cherry-picked statistics, saying New York was one of the safest states because of its strong “gun control”? Isn’t that the state that’s given us Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand? And Michael Bloomberg?
Whenever the term “common sense gun legislation” is used, who among the informed doesn’t anticipate the same tired, long-debunked nonsense that’s the trademark of the government “monopoly of violence” cult? In this case, Schimel drags out microstamping, “reducing the size of magazine clips” [sic], and, of course, banning semi-autos. We can only be grateful she did not include shoulder things that go up and incendiary heat-seeking devices that can cook a deer.
But Schimel’s not done. Her new “common sense” crusade involves standing in front of a “Gun Violence Prevention Mural” (no doubt every bit as effective as a candlelight vigil) “located outside of Brower Park, a notorious location for gang activity and gun crimes.” No, she’s not there to confront and eliminate the violent criminals. She’s there to make it more difficult for her constituents to legally protect themselves from them by “call[ing] on State Senator George Maziarz to withdraw his ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation (S.281).”
To justify that total logical disconnect, she tells the story of a man caught and killed in a gang crossfire, and then quotes a relative who reveals “The murderer…was out on bail for a previous shooting in the community and had been involved in five other shootings.”
The only conclusion, at least according to Schimel and those dumb enough to give her power?
“[I]f we had stronger gun laws prior to this [the victim] and others would still be alive…”
Fortunately, those who are dumb enough don’t appear very engaged, as an eyewitness to one of the Assemblywomyn’s “gun control” propaganda-fests at the Legislative Office Building reports. There’s a photo of that event posted on the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s website, and activist James Cadden makes the comment “There was almost nobody sitting down at first, most of the people sitting in that photo were staff members and such, standing on the side aisles. Then someone realized how bad it looked and asked the staffers to sit down (I am a witness! 2nd row on the right, brown jacket). This entire event was well published and pathetic, as nobody showed up.”
“Pathetic” seems an entirely appropriate word—for the gun grabbers, for their lies, for their tactics, for their inability to motivate grassroots support, and for their total lack of anything remotely approaching “common sense.”
As for their true motives, another word describing Schimel and her ilk comes to mind.
Considering, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hofmann reported, she demands the law-abiding give up their liberty “for public safety,” what word would you use?
About David Codrea
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.