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Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand
531 Dirksen Senate Office Building
A gun-control group is calling on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to
sponsor a gun-control bill to show that she's evolving from being a
favorite of the gun lobby to a true blue-state senator.
"She's saying she realizes that she represents a statewide
constituency," said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to
Prevent Gun Violence. "One way she could prove she has evolved is to
push this issue."
Helmke said his group is seeking a meeting with Gillibrand to ask her
to support legislation to require background checks on gun sales at
gun shows, commonly referred to by activists as "closing the gun-show
loophole." A message left with Gillibrand's office was not returned
Gillibrand's pro-gun views and "A-rating" from the National Rifle
Association were a plus in holding a gun-toting New York district as
a Democrat. But they drew protests as soon as Gov. David Paterson (D)
selected her to replace now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Anti-gun groups and liberal bloggers protested the appointment. Rep.
Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) threatened to take Gillibrand on in a
primary or to support a gun-control backer who would challenge the
McCarthy has a deep personal connection to the issue, having lost her
husband to a shooting massacre in 1993.
But Gillibrand has maintained that she understands that her
constituency changed considerably when she changed jobs.
Helmke initially called Gillibrand's record disappointing." In a
blog post Tuesday about changing views on gun issues, he suggested
that Gillibrand could make up a lot of ground by co-sponsoring the
In an interview, McCarthy said that simply sponsoring a bill would
not satisfy her. She would want to see Gillibrand work with fellow
senators to build the support needed to pass one.
"I think it would be terrific" for Gillibrand to sponsor gun-show
background checks, McCarthy said. "There's much more to do than
introducing a bill. We're a year away. A year is a long time."
Purchases at gun stores from licensed dealers require a criminal
background check. But some gun-show purchases are considered private
sales, similar to a sale between neighbors or friends, and as such do
not require a background check.
Gun-show background checks became an issue after the 1999 Columbine
High School massacre, which left dead 12 students, one teacher and
the two gunmen. Three of the four guns used were purchased at a gun
show by one of the shooter's friends, who said she wouldn't have done
so if she'd had to give her name.
Colorado passed a gun-show background-check bill in a statewide
referendum by an overwhelming vote. But on the national level, the
legislation stalled in a Republican-controlled Congress.
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This is a picture of Sen. UpChuck Schumer shooting a TEC-9. He looks like
he is having fun even without safety glasses and a proper grip and
stance. Picture taken in 1994 as part of the AW Ban.
Click here for more info
Web Site: http://www.senate.gov/~schumer/
HERE TO LINK TO SOME OF UPCHUCKS MOST FAMOUS ANTI-GUN STATEMENTS
The following is from a May
8, 2002 press release following the Justice Department argument before
the Supreme Court that the Constitution broadly protects the rights of
individuals to own firearms.
Democrat, Elected 1998
LIla Pomerance is the gun control contact.
"The broad principle that there is an individual right to bear arms
is shared by many Americans, including myself. I'm of the view that you
can't take a broad approach to other rights, such as First Amendment rights,
and then interpret the Second Amendment so narrowly that it could fit in
It was followed by;
"But I'm also of the view that there are limits on those rights.
Just as you can't falsely shout fire in a crowded movie theater, you can
put restrictions on who can own guns and how, when, and where they may
(I do not understand this argument. Does that mean that you can
not yell "FIRE" even if there is a fire? Does it mean that they put
tape over everyone's mouth before they go into the theater so they can
not say anything sort of like banning speech?)
The following are some other statements from
"The Second Amendment is not absolute. It does not guarantee the
mythical individual right to bear arms we will hear argued for today.
The gun lobby and its friends in Congress can line up professors of
history and law from here to NRA headquarters and back. They can all
swear what they think the Second Amendment means, and how many angels
can dance on a pinhead. But the settled law is flatly against them."
| Article I, section 3 of the Constitution requires the Senate to be divided into three classes for purposes of elections. Senators are elected to six-year terms, and every two years the members of one class—approximately one-third of the Senators—face election or reelection. Terms for Senators in Class I expire in 2013, Class II in 2015, and Class III in 2011.
The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report
An Insiders Guide for Gun Owners
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) pleaded no contest
Jan. 5 to a charge of carrying a loaded handgun in his baggage at Washington
National Airport and was given a "suspended imposition of sentence."
Hinchey's lawyer, David Lenefsky, said, "We
did not plead guilty to anything because we had no intent to violate any statute."
Lenefsky said that by his plea Hinchey acknowledged
the hand gun was his and that he had a license to carry it in New York, but
not in Virginia.
"The handgun was inadvertently in a piece
of luggage I took from my upstate New York home when I drove back to Washington
for the late-November congressional session, and it was still in that piece
of unopened luggage on Dec. 1 when I decided to fly back to New York, "Hinchey
said in a statement.
Hinchey, who voted for the anti-gun Brady Bill,
appeared before Judge Joseph Gwaltney in a county district court. The judge's
slap-on-the-wrist ruling means sentencing was suspended and will be lifted automatically
in a year. You know what would have happened if it had been you instead of a
Congressman -you'd get out of prison sometime in the Twenty-Third Century.
HOW A GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST
HELPED JOHN HALL GET ELECTED
John Hall is a left wing activist and musician who co-founded the band Orleans, organized the “No Nukes” concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979 and co-wrote the 1970’s hits “Dance With Me” and “Still the One.” John Hall had held elected positions as a one term county legislator and school board president.
The radical left really backed John Hall and created a web site: Take19.org to help defeat Rep. Sue Kelly. Who really owned Take19.org was unknown because the domain name was registered by DomainsByProxy.com so the true owner of the domain can not be found.
A 527 group, Majority Action, came up with $500,000 to use against Sue Kelley. A spokesman for the Hall campaign, Tom Staudter, denied any knowledge of the activities of the 527 group but the group paid for TV, radio and newspaper ads against Kelly. The 1/2 million dollars was credited with putting John Hall over the top and winning the race by 4,760 votes out of 195,478 total votes. The existence and source of this massive donation which increased Hall's campaign budget by 30%, was not publicize prior to the election. (One would have thought that the local newspaper would have tried to find out where the money came from but because Hall was a Democrat, they did not.) It was only after the election that the Times Hearld-Record reported where all of the money came from; openly gay businessman Adam Rose. If the fact had been know before the election, Hall would have lost.
Adam Rose wrote a $500,000 check to Majority Action, a so-called 527 political advocacy group, for the express purpose of unseating Sue Kelly in the November election. Rose described his motivation as revenge for Kelly's support for the Federal Marriage Amendment although the ads did not mention gay marriage which is opposed in this heavily conservative district. Rather the ads focused on Republican scandals and after the Mark Foley episode broke the ads capitalized on the fact that Rep. Kelly's was affiliated with House Page program.