Speaking of Public Health Emergencies and Guns

by: Brent Smith

I’d like to provide a little analysis and perspective on a recent Blaze article I read a couple of days ago.

The article, which is chilling at best is entitled, “NY Democrat introduces bill allowing gov to ‘order the removal,’ detention of people with contagious diseases.”

New York’s Libertarian Party is speaking out against new legislation that would vastly expand the power of the state’s governor, permitting the detainment of individuals deemed to “pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health” by being a “suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease.”

Well that sounds reasonable and just what springs to mind when one thinks of a free society – guilty until proven innocent. read more

Mail-In Ballot Nightmare Continues

This is what we get to look forward to?

President Trump recently floated the idea, due the interminable coronavirus lock-downs, that perhaps we postpone the upcoming presidential election. Of course he was pilloried by the left who accused him of just putting off his inevitable defeat and then refusing to leave the White House.

But he knows, as do many of us, what we are likely to contend with, as many States propose an all mail-in ballot system. It will be ripe for cheating, stealing and overall incompetence by election “officials.”

Now we don’t need to guess or opine about what could happen. Now we an example of it, that’s already been dragging on for many weeks.

from the Blaze:

Mail-in voting update: Due to massive postal failures, New York will count many mailed-in ballots even if they’re not postmarked by the deadline, or postmarked at all

Six weeks after the primary, no result read more

Food Service Workers Push Back on Hollywood Elites

from the Daily Wire:

Amy Schumer And Amy Poehler Really Want To Help NYC Waitresses. NYC Waitresses Wish They’d Just ‘Butt Out.’

Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, and a host of other progressive activists just really want to help New York City waitresses earn minimum wage, and they’re willing to stick their neck out to do it.

There’s just one prolem: the waitresses really don’t want their help. read more

We Don’t Need a Tide Pod Protection Law

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Another stupid law proposed by Nursemaid legislators to try to govern every aspect of our lives. Will we ever learn that we cannot legislate stupidity out of society? Guess not.

This time it is a law proposed only by the State of New York, but I wouldn’t expect this safety edict to be limited to just one State. Sooner or later, some Congressman or Senator will pickup the ball and run with it – straight to Capital Hill.

As with many eventual decrees handed down by tyrannical busy-body progressives, it starts first with a request, or in this case an “urging.” It is then followed with a threatening demand, as in the case in New York.

New York State of Politics writes that, “While our legislation would only protect New Yorkers, we urge Procter & Gamble and all manufacturers of colorful detergent pods to offer the same protections to the nation and immediately commit to the precautions set forth in our legislation,” wrote the lawmakers, Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.

“It’s time that you recognized the danger to those least able to protect themselves from a poisonous product packaged like candy. If not, these products should be removed from store shelves as soon as possible.” Leftists do like to make demands. read more

New York Bans Fracking On Fear, Not Science

from Reason.com:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has acquiesced to a ban of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale to produce natural gas in his state based on “uncertainties” concerning the possible effects of the activity on public health. Essentially, the New York Department of Health (DOH) report Cuomo cites defaulted to the precautionary principle:

When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof.

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Farm Owners Appeal Ruling Over Lesbian Wedding

from HotAir: 

In the bucolic town of Schaghticoke, NY, Liberty Ridge Farm serves as a setting for family outings and events of all sorts on a family owned farm in the country. They are open to the public for a portion of each year, featuring events ranging from day camps to field trips to a corn maze. And until recently they hosted weddings. That all changed after the owners, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, encountered Melisa Erwin and Jennifer McCarthy, a lesbian couple who approached the Giffords about holding their wedding there. Cynthia Gifford declined, citing her religious beliefs.

The couple tape recorded a conversation with the owners and took their complaint to the New York State Division of Human Rights. Things went downhill quickly from there.

In July, an administrative law judge found the Giffords had discriminated against the couple and ordered fines totaling $13,000—$1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and a $10,000 civil damages penalty to the state. read more

Immigration Policy Is like the Roll of the Dice

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember when you were a kid? Maybe your family and friends got together to play a board game (what’s that). You set up the board on a table, set out the pieces and were ready to start.

Invariably the question of the dice would come up. What if, during your roll, one of the dice fell off the table? If it landed on the floor and a desirable number came up, you thought the roll should count, but if it was a crappy number, you would claim it didn’t count and declare a rollover.

Well, that the Obama administration’s immigration policy. Actually, that pretty much sums up his entire presidency.

We see examples of this everywhere. What happens when a Governor decides the feds are doing squat about the illegal infestation in his or her state? Of course, they try, with the help of their own state legislators, to devise a remedy.

And what do the feds do? They step in and declare that immigration is the purview of the federal government or a federal judge deems the measure “magically” unconstitutional. read more

Loony-Compliant AR-15

The American ingenuity often trumpeted by politicians has helped at least one gun maker skirt laws aimed at making it harder to buy assault rifles.

Connecticut-based Stag Arms has made slight modifications to assault rifles banned in neighboring New York after the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting just over half an hour away from where the firearms are made.

The ‘New York-compliant’ assault rifle is able to be sold in the state after changing the grip and losing a few other features, according to the firearm maker’s website.

The 'compliant' AR-15: It has an angled grip, in place of a pistol grip, no grenade launcher and a crowned barrel that prohibits a silencer attachment

 

Stag Arms openly advertises the different modifications made to multiple models of AR-15 that allow them to be sold in a total of nine states where bans are in place.

‘This just shows that the gun prohibition lobby uses symbolic gestures over substance to push their anti-gun rights agenda. Banning guns based on cosmetic features proves that point,’ Second Amendment Foundation President Bill Gottlieb told Fox News.

New York law defines an assault weapon as any semi-automatic firearm that can accept a magazine in combination with one or more of almost a dozen other features including a pistol grip, barrel shroud, forward grip or grenade or rocket launcher, according to the New York Times.

Stag makes the guns in New Britain, CT, less than 40 miles from Newtown, where the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting occurred.

Non-compliant: This AR-15 has an adjustable stock (the part that touches the shooter's shoulder), pistol grip, barrel shroud (to keep the shooter from being burned during continuous shooting) and a threaded barrel with an attachment already on the end

Texas strikes back at New York

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

By now everyone, at least the geeks that follow this stuff (like you and me), have heard New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent speech regarding the few conservatives that may still reside in his state.

 

For those who haven’t, here’s a quick recap: The governor stated that, “There is a schism in the Republican Party. They’re searching to define their soul… Who are they? Right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay – if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

 

Now that sounds reasonable, don’t you think? It sure is nice to see the lefts tolerance and acceptance of others viewpoints and beliefs on display.

 

Now rumor is that Rick Perry, Gov. of Texas is preparing a speech to counter Cuomo’s remarks. As luck would have it, I have obtained a draft copy of said speech. Let me reveal it to you now.

 

“Conservatives, unlike liberals, are freethinkers and thus have varying opinions on many subjects. Normally we conservatives do not march in lockstep – but I, as the duly elected speechifier (got that word from “W”) do decree the following to all who reside in the state of Texas.” read more

Gun Makers Stand Up Against Oppression

I posted this article last Thursday, the 21st. Since then, the list of gun and accessory manufacturers has swelled over 700%.

This story has been updated to add two additional gun makers and sellers to the list of those no longer patronizing law enforcement in states that do not support the Second Amendment.

Oh Happy Day! Finally some businesses willing to stand up to the nanny government. I hope more will sign on to this. If your looking to purchase a weapon or related item, please consider patronizing these brave companies.

Group of Second Amendment-Supporting Gun Makers Now Refusing to Sell Arms to Law Enforcement in New York (And Other Gun-Restricting States)

Since New York State enacted its restrictive new gun laws, many manufacturers have sent that state (and others) a message: If local governments are going to severely restrict the ability of citizens to own guns, then these companies will not be selling to law enforcement in those areas.

Among the gun manufacturers sending that message:

 

Now the list has expanded to include:

Attribution: , Freedom Outpost