The Left’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Monday was a bit of a rocky start with the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about challenges to the Texas law that allows citizens to bring lawsuits against persons who perform abortions. Based on the justices’ questions, the case isn’t a slam dunk for either side. A win for the Left isn’t a gimme.

Tuesday was election day. The Democrats lost bigly in Virginia, and were reduced to referring to the first black woman to win state-wide office as a “white supremacist.” They lost a special election in Texas in a heavily Latino legislative district. Most stunning, they barely able to keep the vote within the margin of theft in New Jersey.

Wednesday, oral arguments in the challenge to the New York handgun permitting system were heard by the Supreme Court. Most commentators are projecting a 6 to 3 decision vindicating the petitioners’ Second Amendment rights. (I’m betting on 5 to 4.)

Thursday, the first actual arrest was made in the Russia Collusion Hoax case. The supporting indictment filed by Special Prosecutor John Durham paints a picture of collusion by the Clinton campaign with Russians.

Friday, was the day that Nancy Pelosi was going give Joe Xiden a win by passing his more-than-a-trillion dollar “infrastructure” bill. She failed to do so, and also failed to move the legislation for the Build Back Better scam either.

And that’s just some of what went right this week.

UPDATE—Well, well, well … Mrs. Pelosi did move some legislation. She did get the Senate’s version of the infrastructure bill through 228 to 206 (7 not voting). 13 Republicans voted for the bill: Katko, Bacon, Van Drew, Young, Upton, Kinzinger, Gonzalez, Fitzpatrick, Reed, Gabarino, Malliotakis, McKinley, and Smith of New Jersey. Pelosi couldn’t have pulled this off without that Republican support. It will be interesting to see how many of these congresscritters are reelected.

An Interesting Question

During the oral argument in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen this morning, Chief Justice Roberts asked the Solicitor General of New York, “Well how many muggings take place in the forest?”

He asked the question as part of an exchange with the Solicitor General in which she was trying to justify the suppression of Second Amendment rights in populated areas.

NY Politics

popcorn4bkAs we watch Andrew Cuomo’s career being directed to the memory hole, there’s more fun on the horizon. Cuomo killed a sufficient number of senior citizens to cause New York to lose a seat in Congress, and it’s beginning to look as if the state Inner Party will take the opportunity to eliminate AOC’s seat inanition to  gerrymandering as many Republicans as possible into races against a safe Democrats

Meanwhile, AOC is beginning to push the idea of her primarying Chuck Schumer. That offers the intriguing possibility of dragging two competing factions of the national Inner Party into that race.

Stay Tuned.

Yes, In One Sense It’s Donald Trump’s America

And Donald Trump’s America contains the following:

Kate Brown’s Oregon which contains
Ted Wheeler’s Portland

Jay Insee’s Washington which contains
Jenny Durkan’s Seattle

Gavin Newsom’ California which contains
Eric Garcetti’s Los Angeles and
London Breed’s San Francisco

J. B. Pritzker’s Illinois which contains
Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago

Andrew Cuomo’s New York which contains
Bill de Blasio’s New York City

Tony Evers’ Wisconsin which contains
John Antaramian’s Kenosha

In fact, Trump’s America contains 50 states with thousands of their own political subdivisions over which the President of the United States has no direct control of local affairs—but the local elected officials should. Whether local officials do or not exercise control or whether they are effective or not is generally not a federal question.

Nice Court You’ve Got There—It’d Be A Shame If Something Happened To It

Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) has filed a brief with the Supreme Court in case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York. In his brief he warns the court not to take up the case, lest it find itself ruling in favor of the Second Amendment claim made by the petitioner.

The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics,”

FDR’s threat of court packing worked 80-some-odd years ago. I hope the justices ignore this one.

BTW, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Mazie Hirono all signed on to Whitehouse’s threat to the court.

An Attempted Totalitarian Twofer

A New York Senate bill would, if passed into law, require that the purchaser of any firearm

consent to have his or her social media accounts reviewed and investigated pursuant to subdivision four of this section …

Such a law would clearly violate rights secured by both the First and Second Amendments. Eugene Volokh offers an analysis of the bills constitutional deficiencies here and concludes with these words—

But remember: No-one is trying to take away your guns, or your freedom of speech.

Read the whole thing.

Cosmetic Gun Control

20130116-102854.jpgUnder the recent New York legislative silliness, the rifle shown on the top is illegal because of its pistol grip. The lower rifle is functionally the same, but has a “legal” stock.

This sort of asinine stupidity is just the sort of thing that Alinsky calls us to target with his Rule 5.

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

New York Outlaws M1 Rifle Clips?

20130115-120506.jpgThe online text of the Senate bill passed in New York appears to outlaw any removable device that feeds ammunition and holds more than 7 rounds. That would seem to outlaw the 8-round ammunition clips used with the M1 rifle. The M1 is still commonly used in high-power rifle matches and has never been attacked as an “assault weapon” before.



20130115-121448.jpgUPDATE–Yep, it looks like New York is criminalizing the possession of any piece of metal that has been bent into the shape shown on the left. Even if it has no cartridges clipped into it.

UPDATE 2–New York owners of the C96 Mauser (the handgun Winston Churchill used as a cavalry officer in the 19th century) will have to use the shorter 5-round stripper clips to load their pistols in a two-step process rather than the standard 10-round stripper clip shown below.The pistol itself should still be legal because it has a fixed (non-removable) magazine.
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