Two antigun NY members of Congress are facing off – and both are protecting criminals

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By Larry Keane and our friends at NSSF

Two antigun New York Members of Congress are facing off in a primary election next month that will end the loser’s political career.

The matchup encapsulates why gun control efforts on Capitol Hill continue even after President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law.

For gun control, the rights of law-abiding Americans remain in the crosshairs while criminals are ignored.

House Hearings

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and called three firearm industry leaders to testify in the near future at what would be a show hearing on gun control. She’s demanding gross revenue and profit from sales of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs).

She also wants spending on advertising and marketing, on federal and state lobbying and on their donations to gun rights groups.

“Your company is continuing to profit from the sale and marketing of weapons of war to civilians despite the harm these weapons cause,” Rep. Maloney castigated.

What Rep. Maloney ignores is that they don’t have a role in criminal violence. Criminals do.

If Chairwoman Maloney was concerned about the role of criminals who illegally obtain and misuse firearms, she could look closer to home for witnesses.

Rival Programming

Meanwhile, House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who’s facing Rep. Maloney, is refusing to play second fiddle on the Second Amendment attacks. Chairman Nadler is holding his own committee hearing this week.

Rep. Nadler’s committee will mark up a new Assault Weapon Ban bill, H.R. 1808. The bill would ban the manufacturing or sale of “any new semi-automatic rifles, including those that can accept a detachable magazine…”

The proposed legislation lists a series of cosmetic features that would classify a firearm for the ban. The bill would also ban standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The Assault Weapon Ban is a response to President Joe Biden’s repeated calls for it, even though the previous one he helped pass in 1994, which also banned standard capacity magazines, expired after 10 years and did little to nothing to reduce crime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the impact on gun violence of renewing the ban would possibly be “too small for reliable measurement.”

Americans’ support for a so-called “Assault Weapons” ban is historically low. A Gallup poll from last month showed support for a ban only registered 55 percent while an Associated Press poll from May showed only 51 percent did.

Moderate Democrats like Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) are leery of banning certain classes of firearms. “I don’t believe in bans on weapons,” Rep. Cuellar told The Hill.

Chairman Nadler would trample on the Constitution to save his political career despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision holding that laws, like this bill, that infringe on the Second Amendment that are not grounded in the text, history and national traditions at the time of the founding of our nation, will not pass Constitutional muster.

Senate Action

Across the Capitol in the U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is holding a hearing of his own titled, “After the Highland Park Attack: Protecting Our Communities from Mass Shootings.”

Sen. Durbin’s hearing is expected to cast blame on the firearm industry for the criminal acts of deranged individuals and call for a reinstatement of the “assault weapon” ban as well.

“The point that they were making to us, and to everyone, is: this is madness—to allow individuals to have this type of weapon who are not members of the military, not policemen—and to use these weapons on other Americans is unthinkable,” Sen. Durbin said.

One might expect the chairman to have bothered to read HellerMcDonald and Bruen before opining.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has said the Senate is done with gun control and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has vowed not to end the filibuster. The prospects of any legislation passing both chambers are nearly zero.

Antigun Democrats continue to show they aren’t serious about addressing criminals actually committing the crimes.

They only want control and to restrict the rights of Americans already following the laws. Our God-given rights are mere rungs on their political ladder. The upcoming committee hearings are examples of why Americans continue to take up their Second Amendment rights in historic numbers.

Soft-on-crime progressives absolutely fuming as former San Fran DA staffers get fired

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Last month saw the ousting of progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin through a recall election. His replacement is cleaning house and liberals are not happy.

Mayor London Breed named Brooke Jenkins to succeed the son of convicted terrorists.

The San Francisco Gate is reporting that since taking over, Jenkins has removed 15 people from their roles in the DA’s office. The move came on Friday, at the end of her first week.

The fact that she only fired 15 led the Washington Examiner to pose a question.

Why didn’t Jenkins “fire every single one of them, fumigate the building, and start over?”

There is no doubt that the woman leading the effort in San Francisco means business.

“Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms,” Jenkins said in a statement.

The Gate’s piece focused on the audacity of Jenkins firing Boudin holdovers, rather than the fact that the new DA wanting to actually do something about crime in the city.

They spoke to numerous individuals that were critical of the firings and the direction that she seems to be moving the office and its approach.

The Examiner said:

“…it’s one thing to get their reactions, but just think about this for one second: A majority of San Francisco voters just voted down these people’s idiotic vision of criminal justice reform, the kind that’s soft on violent and career criminals — yet a reporter at SFGate cannot find one single person to quote who will say something positive about the firings.”

They aren’t wrong in their take on the Gate’s approach.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the people that were terminated.

Arcelia Hurtado was the first to go. She was the office’s representative within the Innocence Commission. Their existence was to investigate potential “wrongful” convictions.

The Gate’s Eric Ting spoke with someone about the removal of Hurtado.

“The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” said University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission.

“Arcelia was critical to the commission’s function. It is also concerning because Arcelia was the head of the DA’s post-conviction review unit, which, among other things, is currently considering the petition by Mayor London Breed’s brother Napoleon Brown to be granted leniency and released from prison following his conviction for carjacking and manslaughter.

I can see no legitimate reason for firing an attorney as rigorous, competent and ethical as Arcelia.”

For the record, Breed was fined $23,000 for ethics violations. One of those violations involved asking California’s governor to release her brother from prison.

Apparently, the fine wasn’t enough to dissuade Breed from finding a way to get her brother out of prison after he was convicted and sentenced to 44 years.

Jenkins has asked the state’s Attorney General to oversee the hearing for Brown in August, removing her office from the process.

According to the article, other members of the office who are seeking new jobs include:

  • Kate Chatfield, Boudin’s chief of staff;
  • Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes;
  • Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s communications director and policy advisor;
  • Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; and
  • Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigation’s bureau, the department that oversees investigations into police officers.

Chatfield took to Twitter to discuss the releases.

Pointing to all of the convicts that were released during Boudin’s “reign of lawlessness,” and a reduction of crime that was actually an increase in numerous categories, she highlighted all the “good” done during the previous DA’s tenure.

Cat Brooks, co-founder of the progressive Anti Police-Terror Project, had this to say about Jenkins.

“San Francisco has taken 10 giant steps backwards,” she said. “Jenkins was dangled in front of us because she’s a Black woman, which was supposed to make us feel better, but the firings are terrifying.

I hope this raises the ire of the left, and makes us realize we must fight or we will lose. We always say a shift to the right can’t happen in California, but it is happening right here in San Francisco.”

We spoke to a member of the law enforcement community in the San Francisco area, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He provided his translation of Brooks’ statement.

“This is California, and we don’t want criminals punished. The right is all about being tough on crime, and we are diametrically opposed to such tomfoolery.

The only reason that Jenkins is in this role is because she is a black woman, but she is obviously ill-equipped to maintain the failed policies of her predecessor.”

Given the recent recall it would appear Brooks, Chatfield and the others may not understand how to read the room.

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NSSF: The voters have spoken, and they’ve decided they’re done with these far-left pro-criminal District Attorneys.

By Larry Keane and our friends at NSSF

Elections have consequences and San Francisco voters got exactly what they wanted. Twice.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was booted from office in a recall election that had everything to do with soft-on-crime policies, including a refusal to lock up criminals committing their crimes with firearms while at the same time denying law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment rights.

Blue state governors, attorneys general, mayors and district attorneys with the same policies of sneering at law-abiding gun owners while letting criminals walk might want to take note.

Short Tenure

San Francisco is a city with strict gun control within a state that has among the nation’s strictest gun control laws. On top of that, the city cut $120 million from its law enforcement budget after caving to the “defund the police” movement.

San Francisco residents had already elected Chesa Boudin as District Attorney with a hair over 50 percent of the vote. Boudin was well-known as a “criminal justice reformer” who would bring a soft-on-crime approach to the office.

His father was a member of the Left-wing extremist group Weather Underground who spent 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. His mother was also a member and spent 20 years in prison.

The younger Boudin was raised by Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and all of this was public. San Franciscans wanted it. That was until they didn’t.

Residents saw immediate change with Boudin’s radical justice vision. While his diehard supporters praised his elimination of cash bail for criminals and putting fewer people behind bars, the murder rate went up, as did violent crime, shoplifting and burglary.

Viral videos of San Francisco criminals running rampant became commonplace.

The situation was so bad early in Boudin’s tenure, the San Francisco police told people they were out of luck if certain crimes were committed. They announced, publicly, that they wouldn’t respond to certain calls for help. Voters had enough. Boudin was just given the pink slip after more than 60 percent of voters bounced him out.

Self-Defense

In early 2020, California residents were becoming alarmed by the coronavirus shutdowns and crime spikes. Those spurred people who previously supported gun control to buy firearms.

Scott Kane explained California’s obstacles for lawful gun ownership, saying, “This has taken me, a law-abiding citizen with nary an unpaid parking ticket to my name, over a month. Meanwhile, Joe Bad Guy has probably purchased several fully automatic AK-47s out of the back of an El Camino in a shady part of town with zero background checks.”

Boudin’s soft-on-crime policies drove more Californians, like that of other district attorneys including Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, to take up lawful gun ownership and protection of their families, businesses and homes, into their own hands.

Even with all the hoops and strict gun control laws, nearly 4 million law-abiding Californians have purchased a firearm since 2020.

“My gun store has had a run like I’ve never seen before. It was just an avalanche of new gun buyers for the first time.,” said Todd Cotta, owner of Kings Gun Center. Geneva Solomon, owner of Redstone Firearms also in California, added buyers weren’t just buying firearms and leaving. They were signing up for training and practice.

“We’ve definitely seen an uptick in the class options we offer. Before they would never sell out. Now they sell out two days after we post them.”

National Implications

The rejection of Boudin by San Francisco voters, one of the most progressive cities in the country, is telling. Voters want safety in their cities. That includes their fundamental right to lawfully own firearms for self-defense.

Support for more gun control remains low. Americans recognize not enough is being done to control crime. Support for enforcing current laws is high and voter support for a ban on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), is at an all-time low.

What’s clearly apparent is voters, even those in San Francisco, reject the soft-on-crime policies and approach of progressive prosecutors like Boudin. When it comes down to it – they’ll send them packing.

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