The president of a local gun advocacy organization is fuming over a new Starbucks policy that asks patrons to leave their firearms behind when they enter its stores.
“I think that it’s a matter of entrapment,” Tom King, the head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, told YNN’s Capital Tonight.
“What happens if by chance you’re in the store and you have a pistol with you and a cop comes in and sees the pistol or he’s questioning you about something and you tell him you have a pistol?” he asked.
In 1995, President George H.W. Bush gave up his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association via an angry open letter in which he expressed his outrage over a fundraising pitch made by current NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that described federal agents as “jack-booted government thugs” wearing “Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms.” Though President Bush said he was “deeply” offended and asked the organization to “remove my name from your membership list,” seventeen years later, the NRA is still promoting his past association with the group in its online gift shop.
Thorns With Occasional Roses
Today, the president of the National Rifle Association of America, Wayne LaPierre, made his organization’s highly-anticipated statement regarding the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut. Anyone who was hoping for anything less than usual b.s. about how the school system needs more guns should probably stop reading right here. Also, the NRA wants us to note, that it is our culture’s glorification of Splatterdays (what?), Mortal Kombat and Natural Born Killers–specifically–that causes mass shootings, not military-style assault weapons that we can buy online.
The other day, driving to the local home center for some mulch and fertilizer, I absolutely solved the problem of gun proliferation in America once and for all. This was the morning after the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., and so I guess the subject was on my mind. When the traffic light turned green, I stepped on the gas and was nearly broadsided by a speeding Cockasaurus, running the red light going the other way.
The National Rifle Association is teaming up with The Wireless Alliance, a cell phone recycling company, to create the NRA Cell Phone Recycling Program. According to the press release, this initiative is to a) Help raise money for NRA programs and b) Protect the environment. Like a horse and carriage, these two causes!
ALBANY—Kirsten Gillibrand thinks New Yorkers are starting to get used to the idea that she’ll be a senator for a long time.
“I think it’s happening already, I really do,” Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview on Feb. 14 as she ate a celery stick dipped in blue cheese at the end of a long Read More
A business associate of graffiti advocate Marc Ecko was busted. For graffiti.
The head of the NRA is going to attend Rudy Giuliani’s fund-raiser.
The state comptroller thinks the governor’s spending plan is unsustainable.
Bill Hammond looks at which lawmakers are tilting towards 1199.
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Tomorrow morning Marty Markowitz receives the “Friend of City Cyclists” award from Transportation Alternatives at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
The Assembly holds a public hearing on NYCHA rent increases at 250 Broadway.
Tom Suozzi announces his position on tolls on the Long Island Expressway and an initiative to combat LIE traffic.
In the evening, Big Apple Read More
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I’ve been flaky, to say the least, about The Politicker’s occasional forays into the awards business, but two bits of spin last week Read More