Bloomberg gets it and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is

There is a saying that no one wins taking on the NRA.

They regularly rinse candidates and deploy their considerable resources against politicians who seek to impinge of the rights of all Americans to keep and bear arms.

But Michael Bloomberg is going to give it a crack at taking on the NRA…and spending $50 million to do it. He at least understands the daunting task, though I suspect his $50 million will be ineffective against the campaigning prowess of the NRA, who in all likelihood will use this declaration of war as a fundraising drive and pick up even more cash.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually out muscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”  Read more »

Never mess with the NRA

Politicians keep on trying to unreasonably control guns in breach of the Second Amendment and the NRA keep on hammering them. The NRA are strong and successful advocates for their members, they never back down.

You’d think the politicians would learn. Turns out they are slow learners…perhaps even retarded.

A populist backlash against Colorado’s new gun-control laws claimed its third political casualty on Wednesday as a Democratic state senator resigned her seat rather than face a recall vote that could have cost her party control of the chamber.

For Democrats in this swing state, the resignation of the senator, Evie Hudak, was a sign of the growing political cost of their votes last winterto expand background checks and limit the size of ammunition magazines — measures once hailed as breakthrough victories in the effort to respond to mass shootings.

Polls show that voters embrace aspects of the new laws. But the measures have infuriated gun advocates and Republicans, and have become political liabilities in a state where the gun debate is shaped by traditions of hunting and sport-shooting, as well as by the shadows of mass shootings at Columbine High School and the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora.   Read more »

Governor Moonbeam vetoes anti-gun bills

Good on Jerry Brown, Governor of California, he has vetoed two anti-gun bills.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, of California, vetoed two anti-gun bills today. The bills had passed the state legislature and combined they would have banned the sale and possession of semi-automatic “assault weapons” by name and banned semi-auto rifles that accepted detachable magazines if Brown had signed them into law.

But he didn’t.  Read more »

Another Colorado senator getting their beans in a possible recall…don’t mess with the NRA

Two anti-gun senators already got rinsed in recall elections now they are going after a third.

Energized by historic recalls of two Colorado state senators last month, activists have begun collecting signatures to oust state Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak from office.

Hudak, who represents Westminster, a suburb northwest of Denver, is a favorite target of the GOP for her liberal voting record and a propensity to attract bad PR for herself.

Under Colorado election law, those wishing to prompt a recall election must collect 18,900 signatures from district residents – 25 percent of the total votes cast in the last election. Hudak was initially elected to the state Senate in 2008 after two terms on the state Board of Education.  Read more »

Gun control lobby, shot down in a blaze of glory

The Atlantic examines the results of the Colorado recall where two anti-gun senators were given the arse by voters.

Ever since the Senate voted down gun-control legislation in April, some advocates have remained convinced there was still hope. As of Tuesday, that hope is officially dead.

On Tuesday, two Colorado state senators, both Democrats, were recalled by voters for their votes in favor of gun control. Gun-rights advocates instigated the recall drives; the National Rifle Association spent $360,000, sending mailers and airing television ads calling the lawmakers “too extreme for Colorado.” Gun-control proponents, buoyed by donations from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, outspent their opponents five to one. But the NRA turned the money against the lawmakers, painting them as pawns of fancy-pants out-of-state liberal interests. And the NRA won.  Read more »

Why the NRA won’t be defeated

Politicians and pundits all rounded on the NRA as the bad guys int he wake of Sandy Hook, missing the point entirely about gun control.

The NRA copped a flogging in the liberal media, especially from Piers Morgan as he idiotically mis-represented the law, milked the tragic situation and  politicked against the NRA.

But it was all to no effect as two senators in Colorado found out on Tuesday.

All that publicity and attacks just made the NRA more powerful.

While the NRA took its lumps in the months after Newtown, the group actually experienced a surge in membership and support that more than compensated for the drubbing they got in the mainstream press. Though liberals, including the president, falsely asserted that NRA support was merely the function of donations from gun manufacturers, it remained something that the anti-gun groups were not: a genuine grass-roots organization that could generate intense activity from its members when they were called upon.  Read more »

A solution to the Labour/Greens/NZ First/Mana manufacturing crisis

People often criticise me for criticising and not providing solutions. It doesn’t stop me thinking about solutions and every now and then one comes along that seems to fit the bill.

The Labour/Greens/NZ First/Mana coalition of the damned manufactured a manufacturing crisis. They held an inquiry and then produced a report and delivered that report the same day that news broke that there wasn’t a manufacturing crisis after all.

Still, one can never just wait for solutions to present themselves and so we must constantly strive to improve out lot. Then I read an article that presented the perfect opportunity to solve our manufacturing crisis, develop skills in an industry that is growing, that the products are in constant demand, where technology is developing new and innovative solutions and opens our manufacturing sector up to global demand.

It’s perfect.

“Why don’t firearm manufacturers in the Northeast simply pick up and move considering all the horrible gun laws passed up there recently?” Such is typical of the letters I have received from many NRA members, particularly in light of oppressive laws passed recently in Connecticut and New York. And it’s a good question.

Firearm companies are in business for a reason, and that is to generate profit for their owners or investors. Unlike our government, which endlessly borrows money when it spends more than it takes in, when a business spends more than it earns or has on hand (or what banks will lend in promise of future profits), it closes.   Read more »

Never mess with the NRA

The NRA are perhaps the world’s best lobby group. I am a member, because they do what a lobby group is supposed to do, they represent and stick up for their members, and most importantly they deliver results.

I joined for another reason, to learn how they do what they do…and the emails they send out are a fantastic learning opportunity.

One thing that politicians in the US fear is the NRA…and they should. Now the NRA has another politician in their sights after successfully gathering enough signatures for a recall election in Colorado.

Colorado Senate President John Morse, the legislator who has become the face of the state’s tough new gun control laws, may be campaigning to save his political career now that the secretary of state has certified that his opponents turned in enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election.  Read more »

(As if they need it) In defense of the NRA released a video attacking the NRA last month. While I don’t like certain aspects of NRA marketing, I decided to make a video pushing back against some of their more egregious lies. Here it is, with citations following the video.


The one that started it all video “Revealed: The Truth About The NRA”

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10 Handguns to own before you die

NRA – American Rifleman

The NRA American Rifleman ha a list of the 10 handguns you have to own before you die…a bucket list if you will…they are:

  1. Colt Single Action Army
  2. Colt 1911 Government Model  - .45 ACP
  3. Smith & Wesson Model 27  -.357 magnum
  4. Smith & Wesson Model 29  - .44 Magnum made famous by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry
  5. Smith & Wesson Chiefs Special  - .38 Special
  6. Colt Woodsman  - .22LR
  7. Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan – .454 Casull
  8. Browning HiPower – 9mm
  9. Walther PPK – the James Bond gun
  10. Glock 22 – .40S&W

I have fired 1,2,3,6,8,9 and 10.

I have owned a Glock 17L and a Colt 1911 but it was in .38 Super. I fired/carried the Browning HiPower in the Army. I aslo owned a S7W Model 10 but it was highly customised for competitions.

I have always wanted a Colt Single Action Army.

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