NY Gun-Grabber Sheldon Silver Guilty of Corruption Charges

By David Codrea

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Disgraced former New York Speaker Sheldon Silver — just another in a long line of power-hungry criminals who want their enforcers to disarm YOU.
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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Disgraced former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a leader in the effort to disarm peaceable citizens, has been found guilty on seven federal counts of extortion, money laundering and fraud.

Additionally the jury convicted him of trading favors in exchange for $5 million. Unbelievably, except it’s really not, his defense centered on the protest that in New York politics, everybody does it.

That’s probably true, and no doubt goes a long way toward explaining why criminals are so concerned about making sure everyone but they and their enforcers are disarmed. No one has been more rabid about that than Silver, abusing his influential political position to betray his oath of office and subvert the rights of his constituents, and not just the ones dumb enough to trust him with power over their lives.

As Speaker, Silver led the efforts to ram Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Newtown-exploiting infringements on the right to keep and bear arms through the legislature.

“What we are looking for is a complete ban on assault weapons,” an opportunistic Silver said mere days after the Sandy Hook shootings. “If that isn’t impetus enough to change that outcome in the Senate, I don’t think anything else will.”

That assault on freedom was just another in a series of incremental attacks the greedy extortionist and fraud was behind, and that figures when you consider that citizen disarmament is based on fraud and its enforcement depends on extortion and coercion. Per his Vote Smart record on the issue, Silver led the House in passing edicts on a host of other “gun control” measures over the years.

Fittingly, Silver will now be a “prohibited person” himself, someone the government he once helped lead does not trust to so much as even touch a gun.

His conviction is reminiscent of other criminal acts that prominent citizen disarmament-demanding politicians have made headlines with in recent years, including numerous members of Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” It also brings to mind another powerful anti-gun politician, despicable former California State Senator Leland Yee, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and gun trafficking charges.

As is typically the case when someone demanding to criminalize a right is himself found to be guilty of being a criminal, the environment that allows corruption to flourish also comes under scrutiny.

“New York may be home to one of the oldest and most corrupt political machines in the nation, but it’s hardly unique,” a Hot Air report that was anticipating Silver’s arrest stated. “And many of them have shady political dynasties holding on to power by any means possible, with plenty of money changing hands, frequently involving powerful unions and Democrat supporters.”

See? Silver’s defense was right to raise that point. Everybody who’s anybody in New York politics does do it. And as Dean Weingarten tells us, another of Silver’s colleagues in disarmament, former Senate Leader Dean Skelos, is now facing a corruption trial of his own, meaning the odds of going after Gov. Cuomo have just improved.

Such dynasties invariably back “gun control.” And it can’t escape notice that the New York political machine is where Michael Bloomberg first exercised political power, and from where current “Everytown” money and moves against gun owners in Western states is being coordinated and controlled.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and also posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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    Bill
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    You all need to watch, and listen to, Dinesh D’Souza. He dpeeks ad nasium about this very subject and he is probably the most articulate, intelligent and honest man Ive heard speak in my lifetime.
    Not one single democray out there has anything for Mr. D’Souza because everything, every charge he levels at those nasty people, is a documented fact. He really tears them a new a $$ every single time he lays into them.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    He and Bloomberg have something in common. It’s funny how much family plays in determining how you turn out.

    xteeth
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    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Maybe all office holders should be under investigation all the time as a requirement of the job. Maybe office holders should be allowed only one term per office. Maybe all office holders (particularly federal) should be subject to recall. Maybe office holders should be subject to all the laws that they pass. Maybe former office holders should pay for their own security, their own office space, and have a retirement like the rest of us.

    Whodaty
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    Whodaty

    So, if convicted, will all of the legislation he promulgated be declared null and void? Or at least required to be re approved?
    Would seem reasonable. Similar to an athlete being stripped of awards and medals after being proven to have used performance enhancing substances. ALSO, if convicted and still in office, will his prohibited person self be allowed to employ armed bodyguards? Would not seem proper. I’m so glad I don’t live in NY.

    Ostlander
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    Ostlander

    The pattern continues, Biaggi, Blagojevich, Leland Yee, Weiner, Silver, all establishment criminals who would disarm us All patriotic men and women need to own AR15s for the common defense.

    Russ
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    Russ

    So,…What’s new?
    Aren’t all Democrats lairs, crooks, cheaters and murderers, or at least one of these, since the party was formed?
    I got an A in American History.

    Herb
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    Herb

    Democrat scumbags – Surprise, surprise!
    If they would only throw the traitors whatshisname Cuomo, Clinton and Obama in jail where they belong, the country might start to recover. Put Biden in jail too for a) being too stupid to actually do the job of VP and b) for collusion. Too bad “jail” for them is more like boot camp than a real jail.

    Frank Klafs
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    Frank Klafs

    slime like this have a huge negative effect upon society. They may get convicted of corruption but the damage they have done is massively larger then the crime they are convicted of.
    A public exegardencution by slow strangulation should be the punishment. This should be help in Moochelles

    Gene
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    Gene

    Hope he is ANAL RETENTIVE, when he meets BUBBA. HAHAHAHAHA

    Lawrence
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    Lawrence

    Now they have to go after A. Cuomo for the trading favors, because if he is from NYC and all politicians from there do it, as Silver says, then Cuomo and all NYC politicians are also guilty. What ever happened to Cuomo’s investigation into corruption?

    John D
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    John D

    It’s about time these [email protected]### get caught up with. I can only hope they lock this idiot up and throw away the key!!!!!

    Kent San
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    Kent San

    Off to jail you corrupt POS.

    Hoosier
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    Hoosier

    And, another one bites the dust.

    Dave Young
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    Dave Young

    Two nights ago I saw this extremely brief story on the CBS nightly News.

    They made a huge point of NOT saying which political party he belongs too. I was livid.

    Homer
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    Homer

    give him as much punishment as the law will allow

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Don’t this sort of thing just warm the cockles of yer lil’ ol’ heart? SO GOOD to see the mighty falling into their own pit. I was thinking of Leland Yee fro Califr=ornia, one of the nastiest anti gun pols in that state… and yes, the competition there is fierce for being a nasty anti gun guy. I am waiting for Mikey Bloomie to get caught in such a web. As wealthy and perful as he is, I have a hard time believiing he is squeaky clean. Wouldn’t it be great to find another kingpin in the disarmement race biting… Read more »

    Etan Leftow
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    Etan Leftow

    Maybe he’s not all that bad after all

    trumped
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    trumped

    Yet another gun banning crook caught breaking the law.

    herbert Grossheim
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    herbert Grossheim

    They will have to pry my gun out of my cold dead hands.

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    They are willing to do that, just ask the Waco survivors. They are difficult to speak with since the fire.. Burnt hands aren’t cold.

    Alan Schultz
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    Alan Schultz

    Sheldon’s conviction is subject to appeal, so he might walk, who knows. Otherwise, if said conviction is upheld, Sheldon will be another in a longish line of elected anti gun/anti guns rights pols to have ended up on the wrong side of the law. Hopefully, if his conviction is upheld, he will walk into prison, to serve the longest possible period as a “guest” of the citizenry, he played an important role in so grievously abusing.

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    Quote- found guilty on seven federal counts of extortion, money laundering and fraud. .
    Gov. cuomo can’t pardon a federal charge.

    Drain all the swamps. Except the natural wetlands