Earlier this morning, Democratic lawmakers gathered in Washington D.C. to unveil the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which is legislation that would ban “military-style” assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. The press conference announcing the bill featured New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, the legislation’s House sponsor, as its first speaker. Needless to say, Ms. McCarthy–whose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting spree on the Long Island Rail Road–made it clear it wasn’t going to be a speech that stuck to the script.
“This battle has been a very lonely battle for many, many years,” Ms. McCarthy began. “You know, a lot of words can be said. I’ve got a great speech here and my staff worked on it a long time and I’m probably going to do what they always tell me not to do. That means just talk from my heart.”
Ms. McCarthy expressed particular frustration that gun control legislation has stalled in Congress but argued that the recent massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school would be the catalyst for change.
After Bin Laden
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the blocks surrounding the World Trade Center site were flooded with people. “It’s awesome,” said 22-year-old Laura Cunningham, holding a Budweiser can while perched on the shoulders of her 6-foot-tall friend, Greg. “It’s weird to celebrate someone’s death,” she added. “It’s not exactly Read More
The office of Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy just sent out word that she just completed a (for her, at least) record-breaking fundraising haul in the first quarter of the 2012 election cycle.
“The outpouring of support from both New Yorkers and across the country has just been enormous,” McCarthy said in a statement. “I’m Read More
Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy announced today that her campaign to ban high capacity ammunition magazines is gaining steam.
“The nation is recognizing that these devices facilitate mass carnage and their availability is a threat to public safety,” said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. “We can save lives and reduce injuries by restricting access to high-capacity magazines Read More
At an appearance this morning with Senator Gillibrand, a onetime critic, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island, said she’d work to help get the senator elected in next year’s election. She cited the freshman senator’s support for new gun control restrictions that the pair will introduce next week in Congress. But afterward, McCarthy told Read More
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nationally recognized gun control activist who once considered running for Senate against Kirsten Gillibarnd, will join the incumbent at an event tomorrow calling for stricter gun control laws, according to Gillibrand’s office.
Gillibrand had come under criticism over her conservative positions on gun control while in the Read More
In her quest to sew up the Democratic nomination without a primary, Kirsten Gillibrand keeps trotting out the endorsements. Today she announced the support of Representative Jerrold Nadler, who had wondered aloud about Ms. Gillibrand’s appointment back in January.
So while Jon Cooper continues to mull a last-gasp primary challenge Read More
One reason that Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and every other New York Democrat who yearns to serve in the U.S. Senate someday may be particularly thankful next Thursday: Rudy Giuliani and his apparent readiness to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand next year.
Not that they’ll say it out loud, of course. Assuming Giuliani does jump Read More
Here’s the robocall that Representative Carolyn McCarthy did for Manhattan DA candidate Richard Aborn.
McCarthy, who represents part of Long Island and is a well-known gun-control advocate, says she’s supporting Aborn because “he knows there is something wrong with our criminal justice system when nearly one out of three African-American men end up spending some Read More
Carolyn McCarthy, the Democratic congresswoman from Long Island, appears in this ad the Bloomberg campaign just released.
In the video, she talks about his work on gun control issues, saying it “saves lives.” She doesn’t make any direct appeal for votes, or reference the fact that he’s seeking reelection.
When McCarthy’s endorsement was announced earlier, Read More