MSM Ignores Arrest of Bloomberg-Funded, Gun Control Lobbyist Charged with Domestic Violence

H/T Gun Powder Magazine.

Of course, the drive-by media will not report this as they want to keep up the facade that that gun-control movement is as pure as the driven snow.

If this thug was part of the NRA this would be covered by the drive-by media 24/7.

A lobbyist for the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund has been arrested and charged with a slew of crimes, but chances are you haven’t heard about it from the mainstream media.

Stephen Green at PJ Media reports:

Robert Blaisdell, managing partner for Demers, Blaisdell & Parsol Inc. and a lobbyist for Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown” gun control group, was arrested earlier in May on a whole host of charges in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was charged on domestic violence-related crimes of simple assault, false imprisonment, and criminal mischief. Police say Blaisdell “knowingly” confined a family member, trapping his victim by “holding the laundry room door closed over a period of several minutes.” Police claim that Blaisdell also stepped on the person’s hand during the incident, and also allegedly destroyed their cellphone.

According to Everytown.org, the organization’s focus issues include “background checks on all gun sales.” Everytown urges people to “kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby” and “stop concealed carry reciprocity.” And according to Green, Everytown “has a $36 million dollar annual budget according to its most recent filing, and includes well-known subsidiaries Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action.”

It’s no surprise, then, that the left-wing media would be keeping the news of the arrest of a prominent gun control lobbyist off the front page.

Ammoland reports:

The New Hampshire Union Leader seemed to play down the charges, reporting that Blaisdell faces “three misdemeanor domestic-related complaints” that were “lodged against him” earlier this month. Other media referred to them as “domestic violence-related.” The charges reportedly include false imprisonment and in either case, it’s an embarrassing situation for the partner in one of New Hampshire’s top lobbying firms, especially one who represents not only the nation’s wealthiest gun prohibition lobbying organizations but also has represented law enforcement organizations.

Green’s PJ Media article quotes Steve MacDonald, who, writing for the Granite Grok, said Blaisdell is “someone who ‘advocates for the government disarming women, was arrested in Manchester… for domestic violence, among other charges.’

“The irony is delicious,” writes Green, “and exactly the kind of thing the left-wing national media would have a field day with… were Blaisdell not one of their own.”

Blaisdell is scheduled for a July 1 court appearance. GPM will continue to report on this case as details emerge.

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NRA Mocks Swalwell’s Pathetic Turnout

H/T Bearing Arms.

I wonder if some of the people at Swalwell’s rally were paid to be there?

Rep. Eric “Nuke ’em All” Swalwell is campaigning for president primarily on gun control. Not that anyone can tell, as he’s not gaining any traction with the Democratic base, despite its supposed love affair with new gun regulations.

To try and gain momentum, Swalwell decided to hold a gun control event right outside of the National Rifle Association’s offices. Not only did the event not go well, but the NRA is also mocking him.

It started with Swalwell bragging about the effort.

Eric Swalwell

@ericswalwell

THIS IS IT! We’re announcing our comprehensive plan to END GUN VIOLENCE!

1,585 people are talking about this

From there, it was all but begging for comment.

The NRA responded by mocking the media effort for the small number of attendees, which some reports pinned at about eighteen people.

“Look!” tweeted the official NRA account. “All of presidential candidate Swalwell’s supporters came out to our headquarters today.”

“No wonder he is polling at 0%,” they joked, referring to the relatively low support Swalwell has received in polls of 2020 presidential candidates.

Honestly, that’s a pathetic turnout, and I don’t blame the NRA for the mockery. It’s not like Swalwell can do anything, and it’s not like he’s someone willing to work with them either. He’s made what name he has for making nonsense statements about guns.

After all, he threatened to nuke American citizens.

Of course, we’ve noted his pathetic turnouts before. Of course, that was Texas. One would expect his support to be less than stellar there, even though he was in one of the more anti-gun areas.

The most recent images suggest something interesting.

You see, Swalwell is the only candidate campaigning primarily on doing away with evil “assault rifles.” Most other candidates have those as part of their plans, sure, but he’s the only one who is trying to make this a key issue for his entire campaign.

Despite that, he’s garnering no support. None.

What does that mean for the gun control movement? Well, a few things, but perhaps the biggest is the fact that while the typical Democratic voter may support gun control, nothing has changed so far as how much they support it. It’s not a primary issue for even left-leaning voters. It’s one that they’ll pontificate on, but it’s not a driving force in their voting.

One would think that if it were, a purely anti-gun candidate would be doing far better.

Now, plenty of other candidates have their gun control plans up on their websites, to be sure. Most famous, perhaps, are Sen. Cory Booker’s licensing proposal and Sen. Kamala Harris’ declaration to legislate by fiat. Those are far from the only ones, however.

Yet all of those candidates also include policy proposals on things like the environment, immigration, education, and so on.

Further, the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, has perhaps the most toned down anti-gun rhetoric of all the candidates. It’s still there, but it’s not nearly as fiery as someone like Booker, much less Swalwell.

The NRA mocked Swalwell, but the truth is that his failure to garner much support may be a cause for celebration.

Kamala Harris’ 2020 bid seems to fade as other Democrats bypass her

H/T Fox News.

You can not expect to gain much traction as a candidate when your central theme is I hate Donald Trump more than you do.

She also has a second theme I hate the NRA guns and gun owners worse than you.

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ star appears to be dimming as other Democrats rise past her while she struggles to gain a footing among likely voters.

The junior U.S. senator from California was one of the first Democrats to launch a White House bid, raising at the time an astonishing $1.5 million in just 24 hours while attracting tens of thousands of supposed supporters to a rally in Oakland.

The 54-year-old former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney — who succeeded Democrat Barbara Boxer in the Senate in 2017 — was viewed as a frontrunner in the 2020 race thanks to her progressive bona fides and effective opposition to President Trump since moving to Washington. Meanwhile, her stint as a DA, while criticized by progressives, was seen as a way to appeal to more moderate voters.

But four months into her campaign, Harris is returning to Los Angeles for the annual state Democratic Party convention no longer as a frontrunner.

Political experts told the Los Angeles Times that part of the reason why Harris’ campaign has stalled is that she has failed to make a succinct case for her candidacy, beyond her background as a prosecutor and virulent opposition to the Trump administration.

“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities,” Gil Duran, a former Harris adviser, told the newspaper. “What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities. What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

— Gil Duran, former Harris adviser

Latest polls were particularly troubling to Harris, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont fighting for the title of party frontrunner.

Both Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Pete Buttigieg — the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who’s surging despite being virtually unknown just a few months ago — are polling better than Harris.

In fact, according to the Morning Consult poll tracker, Harris’ support peaked just weeks after her announcement, with 14 percent of Democratic voters throwing their support behind her in a Feb. 3 poll. Since then, her support has halved to 7 percent.

But more evidently, the momentum behind her campaign has evaporated while other candidates have solidified their support and may be poised to expand further nationally.

Yet supporters of Harris suggest that her campaign is in the exact right spot at this time — still able to compete and fundraise without the burden of being a frontrunner.

“I don’t think anyone ever thought she would get in the race and blow away the field and be a frontrunner from January 2019 through Election Day,” Brian Brokaw, who managed Harris’ runs for state attorney general, told the Times.

“She needs to stay in the upper tier, which I think she is. Stay in striking position and you outlast everybody.”

Harris recently made a number of comments about policies that are supposed to solidify her progressive stances, including fining corporations that don’t take steps toward closing the gender pay gap.

The senator’s plan, touted by the Harris campaign as “first-of-its-kind” and “historic,” if passed into law, would mandate that large corporations obtain “equal pay certification” from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Companies failing to land a certification would face fines – for every 1 percent wage gap, they would be fined 1 percent of their profits.

In a separate proposal, Harris also said that she will use executive orders to mandate background checks on the private transfers of guns, revoke the licenses of gun makers and dealers whose guns are used in crimes, and ban the importation of many semi-automatic guns.

Ilhan Omar slammed for blaming NRA for Virginia shooting that left 12 people dead

H/T Fox News.

All of the shooters gun purchases were legal so was there something in his past that went unreported?

If there was nothing in the shooters past that would have prevented him from the firearms purchases what new laws would have stopped him?

Ilhan Omar is doing want DemocRats do the best dancing on the graves of murder victims while running off at the mouth with no real answers.

National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch ripped Rep. Ilhan Omar after she blamed the gun rights group for the deaths inside a Virginia Beach municipal building on Friday.

The embattled Minnesota Democrat took a swipe at the NRA just hours after a disgruntled city employee went on a shooting spree that left 12 people dead and four more injured.

“I am outraged and heartbroken,” she wrote in a tweet. “How much longer will we ignore the pain of our communities? We need to immediately confront the power of the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

DeWayne Craddock, the suspected shooter, died in a gunfight with police officers. He was a veteran employee of the Public Utilities Department who made multiple legal firearm purchases, including for a handgun and rifle, in recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A police officer was also wounded but was saved by his bullet-proof vest. The police didn’t reveal the motive for the shooting.

Omar’s comment about the NRA prompted the group’s spokeswoman to question how it was related.

“This was a heinous tragedy,” Loesch wrote in a tweet. “Your remarks move me to ask: What do 5 million members of the NRA have to do with this man’s crime? Was this man a card-carrying member? His purchases were legal, whose fault is that? Does he bear any blame at all? Serious questions.”

The Minnesota Democrat has long been opposed to the NRA, often decrying the supposed influence of the group on the gun control debate in the country.

After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Omar went to Twitter to decry the NRA as “the true enemy.”

“Prayers and condolences won’t keep our kids safe, sensible #GunLaws will. It’s time for you and Republicans to put the safety of Americans first and seek freedom from the NRA,” she wrote. “They are the true enemy!”

Biden Pledges To Defeat National Rifle Association

H/T Bearing Arms.

All I can say is Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden better bring his “A” game to the fight with the NRA.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president. That’s not surprising since he’s a former vice president and was part of the Obama administration, which Democrats seem to view as a positive for some insane reason. However, if he wanted to keep that status, he’s going to have to beat the anti-gun war drum.

Luckily for him, he was ready to do just that.

Former Vice President Joe Biden pledged on Tuesday to “defeat the National Rifle Association” as part of his 2020 campaign promise to fight for school safety.

“As President, he will secure passage of gun legislation to make our students safer, and he knows he can do it because he’s defeated the National Rifle Association twice before,” Biden’s plan, released on Tuesday, read.

It stated part of the plan to “defeat” the NRA included supporting legislation that banned “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.

His plan came after a slew of school shootings that prompted Democrats to call for gun control laws. Biden’s planned seemed more moderate than other 2020 candidates’ — specifically Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., — in that he focused on working through Congress rather than substantially expanding executive authority in the ways others proposed doing.

Of course, Biden didn’t mention that we had an “assault weapon” ban for a decade and it accomplished jack squat.

He should know. He was part of the Congress that passed it. He was also there when the measure sunset and discussions were had about possibly renewing the law. It was pointed out then that the law didn’t do anything.

At the time, anti-gunners pointed to a decrease in the crime rate and tried to claim credit for it. The problem was, the crime rate had been dropping for years before the “assault weapon” ban and continued at the same rate after the ban went into effect. Further, that crime rate continued to drop after the ban sunset.

In other words, it didn’t do a damn thing.

Now, either Biden knows this, in which case he’s pandering, or he doesn’t, which means he’s an idiot. Of course, pandering doesn’t preclude stupidity.

If there’s at least one good thing about Biden’s proposals, it’s that he’s acknowledging the limits of executive power. If we’re going to get saddled with federal gun control laws, they have to come through Congress. That’s how the Constitution lays out the legislative process. Congress passes laws, the president signs and enforces those laws. Presidents don’t get to make them up on their own.

Further, as noted in the quote above, Biden’s proposal is less bombastic, more moderate. That’s likely to play better with moderate members of the Democratic Party, voters who are feeling more and more alienated by the liberal extremism that’s taking hold of it. These are voters who don’t like “assault weapons” typically but also aren’t interested in radically changing the firearm landscape.

Not that what Biden is proposing is any better. Gun control is gun control, and we don’t need any of it.

It should be interesting to see what role gun control plays in the primary process. We’ll learn an awful lot about the hearts and minds of Democrats in the process.

NY Official Lash Out At Trump Over Pro-NRA Stance

H/T Bearing Arms.

Little Andy Cuomo is upset at the NRA because they highlight the faults of their fell good gun control ideas and how they are a failure.

If there is anything state officials in New York dislike more than the NRA, it’s probably President Donald Trump. The progressive state officials are part of the Democratic Party, and it’s part and parcel for the party to despise everything the president does just because it’s him doing it.

While the state has been a thorn in the NRA’s side, it has stepped it up as the state’s attorney general is calling for the IRS to yank the NRA’s non-profit status.

President Trump has thrown his lot in with the NRA, however, and that infuriates officials in New York.

New York’s governor assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for backing the National Rifle Association in its dispute with the state, accusing the U.S. leader of being afraid of the powerful gun lobby.

Two days after a gunman sprayed a California synagogue with bullets, killing a worshipper, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged Trump to do more to stop gun deaths.

In a statement directed at the president, Cuomo said 74,600 Americans had died from gun violence since Trump was elected in November 2016.

“You have done nothing but tweet about it,” Cuomo said. “Unlike you, President Trump, New York is not afraid to stand up to the NRA.”

Oh, that old, tired refrain.

Ever notice how people like Cuomo seem to believe people like President Trump would back gun control if they weren’t afraid? They can’t imagine anyone disagreeing with them about the solution to gun violence.

Then again, this is someone who spouts numbers that include suicides committed with a firearm as if they’re the same as murders. They’re not.

State Attorney General Letitia James on Saturday confirmed her office had issued subpoenas as part of an investigation related to the NRA. The New York Times reported the probe involved the group’s tax-exempt status.

Trump, a Republican, shifted the spotlight on Monday to Cuomo and James, Democratic officials in his home state, after divisions within NRA leadership surfaced.

“The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others,” Trump wrote on Twitter without providing evidence.

“It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting,” Trump said of the NRA.

And he’s right. This isn’t a good time to battle one another.

But how was Trump out of line on this?

He wasn’t, at all.

The truth is that Cuomo has set himself in opposition to the president in pretty much every way. If Trump personally discovered a cure for cancer, Cuomo and folks like him would lash out at all the oncology department jobs that would be lost as a result of his discovery. Trump siding with a political ally isn’t exactly unconscionable, especially since it’s not like Cuomo is unbiased in this debate.

Cuomo’s so far up the posterior of groups like Everytown For Gun Safety that he doesn’t need to cast aspersions on anyone being beholden to any organization. He can pretend his motives are pure all he wants, but I’m not buying it. For him, it’s personal.