December 18, 2018

NY Assemblyman Says Committee Considered Gun Confiscation

New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, in the video below, references that in discussions about the recent number of gun restrictions voted on and approved by the Assembly and signed by Governor Cuomo, discussed the confiscation of guns. I have also been told that McLaughlin posted a list on his Facebook page, also shown below, of items discussed but not included in the ban. I have not been able to find that list.

Note however that in the video, the reason given for not providing all the items considered by the committee was because it would really tick off a lot of people.

1. Confiscation of “assault weapons”
2. Confiscation o ten round clips
3. Statewide database for ALL Guns
4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced to the public
5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
6. Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
7. Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
8. Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
9. Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
10. Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
11. State issued pistol permits
12. Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
13. Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
14. Mandatory locking of guns at home
15. Fee for licensing, registering weapons


Open Thread – January 19, 2013

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Tyrant Cuomo’s Gun Ban Doesn’t Exclude Police

This report is interesting on several levels. First, this media report is saying the law, as written, was a “big oversight.” Was it? If you do research you will find references to such things as: “The creation of an Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under P.L. 87-297 and described in State Department Paper 7727, along with the non-incorporation of the 2nd Amendment into the 14th Amendment protections against the states, indicates that our {their} criminal government will eventually declare martial law so that they can launch a “military enforcement action” to confiscate firearms from all law abiding citizens.”

Some are using this information to support the idea that Cuomo’s “big oversight” is part of a bigger plan to disarm citizens, police and military. However at the end of this video, the reporter states that an amendment will be forthcoming to change that.

A second issue is briefly talked about which in reminiscent of the Obama exemption tactics with Obamacare, tax increases, etc. The report states that a proposed amendment to Cuomo’s fascist gun laws will also include lifting these restrictions for retired police officers. And this is necessary because…..?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think anyone should have such restrictions to gun ownership. This just, once again, shows the corruption and hypocrisy of tyrannical government that the citizens are squashed under foot, having their rights destroyed, while government personnel are allowed to exercise the rights they want to take away from everyone else.

It’s tyranny as warned about by the Founding Fathers.


Extinguishing the North American Model

From the Outdoorsman – Bulletin Number 50 – Republished with permission from the author/editor.

Extinguishing the North American Model by George Dovel

There is a long history to wildlife management, especially in Europe, and one learns from its examination that periods in which “the public” had possession of and access to wildlife have been short. Invariably the rich and mighty abrogated wildlife for their own use and enjoyment, but also let “the public” bear the cost of keeping and maintaining wildlife.

There was always at least some rebellion against the mighty by the dispossessed and subservient who often elevated poachers to public heroes and celebrated such in stories, poems, songs, even operas (i.e Rainer Maria von Weber, Der Freischuetz (free-shooter = poacher). When rebellions broke out, “the public” took it upon themselves to emulate their superiors and mercilessly slaughtered the hated wildlife. Wildlife was hated as it stood as a symbol for the elite.

What we learn is that wildlife is highly desired and that the rich and mighty will stop at nothing to get it under control – till dispossessed by revolutions. The North American situation, in which wildlife is in the public domain and in which the public, until now, has possessed wildlife de facto and de jure, is a bright exception.

I warned years ago that this is an unstable situation, vulnerable to clever attacks by the rich trying to get control over wildlife. Looks like Utah is leading the way. Our model of wildlife conservation thrives only if there is a large participation in the harvest by the public, and such harvest can be reduced drastically by letting the private sector in on reducing public access while profiting from it.

Another factor is the scarcity of wildlife brought about by heavy predation by large predators. Put the two together, Utah’s embracing of privatizing wildlife and burgeoning predator population and there is preciously little to hunt for by the common man.

The economic miracle of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is predicated on a very high rate of participation by the public in the wildlife harvest. That’s where the money lies! Studies in Wyoming long ago showed that the state got a lot more revenue from every elk killed by unguided hunters than by guided hunters.

Not the few rich, but the many average hunters generated the commerce retail giants in hunting and fishing make their money from. Conversely, you want a six-point bull? The cheapest way to get it in the long run is to hire a guide!

As to predators: hunters in British Columbia harvest about 8,000 moose annually. There are also 8500 wolves in British Columbia. The hunter harvest of moose in BC represents one week’s worth of feeding wolves. Please, do your arithmetic. Already in BC there are conflicts by native and non native hunters over the scarcity of moose. And BC has some 16,000 grizzly bears. Well, that’s another 32,000 moose worth annually.

Cheerful thoughts!


Open Thread – January 18, 2013

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Where Are Obama’s Executive Orders on Gun Control?

Yesterday, the White House released 23 proposals as to what President Obama intended to sign into law through Executive Order to restrict gun access and ownership, all in the name of child safety. Did he really sign executive orders yesterday as the press seems to indicate and we were led to believe at the president’s press conference? I don’t think so.

Some people actually believe that the release of the 23 ideas from the White House, was, in fact, THE 23 executive orders. They are not. This also shows the ignorance of the citizens and the press, or the deliberate misleading of the press and the White House.

So, if Mr. President signed into law 23 executive orders then where are they? It’s a regular occurrence for me to visit the White House web page where anybody can check any presidential-signed executive order and read the finer details. Find that web page right here and bookmark it.

As of this writing, those 23 executive orders have not been posted. What is remarkable is the reaction at all levels of the citizenry over these so-called and yet, non existent executive orders. We know the one sentence proposals the president wants to do with his executive powers but none of us have anything to judge exactly how he plans to carry out this overreach by him and his administration. It’s an overreach simply because he is attempting to make major changes to a constitutional amendment, a bill of right, by circumventing Congress and the power and scrutiny of the people. In other words, the president is seriously messing with our Constitution.

All sides of this issue are reacting in every way imaginable and to what? Why don’t they pressure the White House to post all the details of each of the 23 executives orders so that then we can know exactly how intrusive and unconstitutional his plans are?…..or maybe they are not. Only after we know the details can we stand in judgement of what is taking place.

But then again, perhaps it’s more about “ginning up” the masses than about the safety of children.


Human Echinococcosis Mortality in the United States, 1990–2007


Despite the endemic nature of Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis infection in regions of the United States (US), there is a lack of data on echinococcosis-related mortality. To measure echinococcosis-associated mortality in the US and assess possible racial/ethnic disparities, we reviewed national-death certificate data for an 18-year period.

Methodology/Principal Findings

Echinococcosis-associated deaths from 1990 through 2007 were identified from multiple-cause-coded death records and were combined with US census data to calculate mortality rates. A total of 41 echinococcosis-associated deaths occurred over the 18-year study period. Mortality rates were highest in males, Native Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and persons 75 years of age and older. Almost a quarter of fatal echinococcosis-related cases occurred in residents of California. Foreign-born persons accounted for the majority of echinococcosis-related deaths; however, both of the fatalities in Native Americans and almost half of the deaths in whites were among US-born individuals.


Although uncommon, echinococcosis-related deaths occur in the US. Clinicians should be aware of the diagnosis, particularly in foreign-born patients from Echinococcus endemic areas, and should consider tropical infectious disease consultation early.

Author Summary

Human echinococcosis is a parasitic disease that affects an estimated 2–3 million people and results in an annual monetary loss of over $750,000,000 worldwide. It results in the development of life threatening tissue cysts, primarily in the liver and lung, following accidental ingestion of eggs in infected dog, fox or wild canine feces. Echinococcus parasites have a complex, two-host lifecycle (such as in dogs and sheep) in which humans are an aberrant, dead-end host. The vast majority of cases of human echinococcosis occur outside of the United States (US); however, cases within the US do occur. In this study, the authors examined death certificate data of US residents from 1990–2007 in which echinococcosis was listed as one of the diagnoses at death. The analysis demonstrated 41 echinococcosis-related deaths over the 18-year study period with foreign-born persons accounting for the majority of the deaths. This study helps quantify echinococcosis deaths among US residents and adds further support to the importance of funding echinococcosis prevention research.

<<<Read the Complete Study at National Library of Medicine>>>

In addition, another study involving the presence of cystic echinococcosis in humans was undertaken in Turkey. You can find that information at Research Gate. (Note: You can access the entire study for free but requires a membership form.)


Open Thread – January 17, 2013

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Obama Plans 23 EOs On Destruction of Second Amendment

The devil is in the details, as they say. Below is a list of 23 Executive Order ideas that President Obama intends to implement in his effort to avoid any scrutiny from the public or that of Congress. Many see this as an impeachable offense. However, it is imperative that I point out that this list only calls for an idea to be implemented and in no way tells us what the details of any or all executive orders would entail. While some “ideas” may seem plausible, even sound, we cannot and should not vote up or down until we see the details of each of the executive actions; and this will not happen until AFTER the EO has been signed by the president. Stand by.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.


Open Thread – January 16, 2013

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