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  • 10/24/2022 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Did Your News Media Miss This?  by Tom Reynolds

    Approximately 285 students are enrolled at Garret Morgan High School in Cleveland, Ohio.  On September 14th, a security officer spotted four masked and armed gunmen pull up in three cars – later found to be stolen.  The four appeared to be teenagers, although masked.

    The gunmen approached the school. The school went into lockdown and the security officer called 911.

    When the gunmen continued to approach the school, the officer repeatedly said to people in the school, “Don’t let them in the building.”  Another person yelled, “Don’t let ’em in the building!” And another person seemed to relay that message to others, echoing, “Don’t let ’em in the building!”

    Keep the school locked down,” the dispatcher instructed the 911 caller.

    Moments later, the security officer said, “They’re inside the building. They’re in the outer part.”

    The dispatcher responded with, “They got in the building?”

    These masked, armed and dangerous gunmen got through one door, but they stopped in a vestibule where a second set of doors were locked.

    Cleveland police got there quickly.  Officers approached the gunmen and the gunmen took off running. A prolonged foot chase went through the neighborhood and across a highway.  One escaped but the police arrested three of them.  The police also found two guns. 

    How did four masked and armed gunmen get into a school on lockdown?

    Two school administrators — Christopher Kane and Carolyn Elias, both assistant principals — let them in.

    Let them in!  Why?

    According to WJW TV, one of the vice principals said, “I confirmed the interior doors were locked and instructed the four suspects to come to the vestibule because it was unsafe to be outside because I saw police officers.

    Apparently, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is not aware of teenage gangs’ inclination for violence as it defended the principals.  Did it believe that the second set of doors would have stopped four armed gunmen if they had decided to go further.  (It probably also believes in the tooth fairy.)

    Not everyone agreed with the school district.

    "RECKLESS + DANGEROUS," said the National Fraternal Order of Police in response, "@CLEMetroSchools administrators at Garrett Morgan HS allowed MASKED GUNMEN to enter the school in order to protect the gunmen from *wait for it* police officers outside. They risked the lives of CHILDREN to show how woke they are. Can’t make it up."

    Ken Trump, who runs National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland, was also very critical. "You’ve just let them one step closer in…The goal is to keep students away from harm. You don’t let the bad guy, especially when you know they’re the bad guy, get closer into your school building."

    Two woke principals put 285 students in mortal danger to protect armed teenagers from the police.  You can’t get more woke than that!  It was only luck that prevented the situation from escalating.  Oh yeah, in spite of the vice principals’ concerns about the police, none of the perpetrators were injured in the chase.

    One 16-year-old who was also wanted in a robbery case was charged for having a gun on him and locked up in the detention center.  The woke social justice system treated the two others “wokely;” they were sent home in their own recognizance to wait as a prosecutor reviewed the case.  (Entering a school building while masked, armed and after stealing a car - and they were sent home.  Nothing dangerous about them!)

    In another unrelated situation which demonstrates that common sense is uncommon in some school administrators, earlier this year a 7 years old Wisconsin boy was arrested and charged with sexual harassment by a school administrator because he used the wrong pronoun when addressing another student.  (You can’t make this up!)

    One final thought about why this is important to gun owners – as well as anyone with a child in school.  Under NY State’s Red Flag laws, school administrators are considered responsible enough to Red Flag other people as dangerous owners of firearms.

  • 10/18/2022 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Interchangeable With God  by Tom Reynolds

    Is there something in Albany’s water that breaks down moral, ethical and legal barriers or is it just the lure of power and money?  Some prominent examples:

    Kathy Hochul’s Democrat Governor predecessors, Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer, resigned mid-term; both had sex related issues and Cuomo was plagued by numerous ethical scandals.  In between those two, Democrat Governor David Paterson abandoned his bid for an elected term and was fined $62,000 for perjury.

    Cuomo had previously been NY State’s Attorney General’s and one of his Democrat successors, Eric Schneiderman, resigned in 2018 due to his abuse of women.

    Democrat NY State comptroller Alan Hevesi quit after his 2006 reelection and went to prison for a pay-to-play kickback scheme involving the NY State Pension fund, which he managed.

    Sheldon Silver was the Democrat Speaker of the NY State Assembly for 21 years until he was arrested. (For 21 years, no one suspected he was a crook?)

    Long term NY State Senate majority leader, Republican Joe Bruno, went to prison, as did his next three successors, Democrat Malcolm Smith, Republican Dean Skelos, and Democrat Pedro Espada.  

    Kathy Hochul’s appointment for Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Brian Benjamin, lasted only eight months before resigning due to a federal indictment for a pay-to-play bribery scheme.

    And those are the ones who got caught!

    Perhaps they believe they are so insulated that they appear “God-like” when looking in the mirror.  Kathy Hochul seems to have acquired that self-image.  National Review reports that when speaking about her vaccine mandate, she told a Brooklyn church, “…there are people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants.”  Thou shalt do what Kathy says or she will ship you out of state.

    And if that is not enough to convince you that Hochul and God are interchangeable, she refused to allow religious exemptions from her vaccine mandates based on her interpretation of every religious dogma.  She said, “I’m not aware of a sanctioned religious exemption from any organized religion…” 

    Even the United State Supreme Court is supposed to bow before New York Governors.  After the Supreme Court struck down New York’s unconstitutional restrictions on concealed carry, Hochul called the legislature into special session to pass restrictive new gun laws that were quickly found by a judge to violate the Supreme Court’s rulings.

    That pesky United States Constitution keeps interfering with the lofty view from the Governor’s elevated perch.  Andrew Cuomo said that, “Right to life, pro-assault weapons…they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”  In August, Hochul told a campaign rally that conservatives should “just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, okay? Get out of town. Because you do not represent our values. You are not New Yorkers.”  Apparently, having New York on your birth certificate does not entitle you to have 1st or 2nd Amendment rights.  You need to leave New York State in order to enjoy your constitutional rights.

    Since the “Albany Swamp” does not like investigating criminal acts of other “Swamp Denizens” - until that cannot be avoided - the people have to put up with this behavior.  Except…on November 8th we get a chance to strike back and deny them their self-perceived lofty status above the United States Constitution and equal to God.  Even if your beliefs disagree with those of the politicians in power, you are still entitled to vote in New York State.

    Oh, did I mention that NY City tried to give non-citizens the right to vote in an attempt to nullify your only chance to say no to the Albany Swamp?  Fortunately, that was a bridge too far even for New York, in a judge’s opinion which stopped it.  But don’t think that the Swamp will not be back to try again.

    It's time for life to imitate the movie Network.  We need to say, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”  And then vote!

  • 10/17/2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    NY Governor’s Race  by Tom Reynolds

    Many gun owners will not vote and one of their excuses is that they cannot overcome the NY City population advantage so…why bother.  But that excuse doesn’t seem to hold-much-water in this year’s elections. 

    Real Clear Politics (RCP) tries to compile the results of several polls in order to get a truer picture of a race.  Just after Labor Day, when voters are only starting to pay attention, Lee Zeldin trailed Kathy Hochul by 14 to 16 points in the governor’s race. 

    As voters started paying attention, Zeldin’s polls got better and RCP rated the race as “Leans Democrat”, a tighter category.

    Now, RCP rates the race as a “Toss Up”.  Hochul’s lead is only a few points and dropping.

    Trafalgar, which has a history of being an outlier - but a correct outlier - has Hochul ahead by only 2 points.

    Doug Schoen, a Democratic strategist and consultant to President Bill Clinton, said, “It’s a very competitive race.”

    A “toss up.”  “Competitive.”  Perhaps those non-voting gun owners should start paying attention because, as voters learn the difference between the two, Zeldin is gaining momentum. 

    This is especially true in bigger cities where increased crime is a huge issue.  Zeldin says he will fire Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg and Hochul won’t.  Zeldin vows to fix no-bail and other “reform” disasters and Hochul’s attitude is: change – what change?

    Hochul Is also burdened with her party’s politics that have opened our borders to unprecedented illegal immigration leading to increased crime and drug trafficking.   The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) rates New York State as an illegal alien sanctuary on the basis of a Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017 Executive Order, which covered state agencies.  In 2018, a New York state appeals court ruled that state and local governments cannot honor ICE immigration detainers.  New York also began allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses in 2019.  NY City tried allowing non-citizens to vote but that was struck down by the courts.

    Hochul also has several ethical issues focusing around money, the number of which is impressive considering her short time in office.  Trust the main stream media to take-a-pass on this, as they did with Hunter Biden.  But it is worthwhile to read SCOPE’s report of September 22nd “Following in Andrew’s Footsteps”.  S.C.O.P.E. Shooters Committee On Political Education - Following in Andrew’s Footsteps ( 

    Per the NY Times, Hochul “will enter the homestretch of the race with nearly $10.9 million in cash at her disposal — two and a half times as much money as Mr. Zeldin.”  But Evan Stavisky, a Democratic strategist, said “Lee Zeldin is raising enough money to run a more competitive race than the last few Republican gubernatorial nominees.” 

    Zeldin’s goal is to inform the electorate. Like Democrat candidates nationwide, Hochul is trying to distract voters from the issues voters are most concerned with, since the Democrats have been in power when most of these problems were created.  Distraction costs a lot more.  Hochul has spent more than $1.5 million a week, since Labor Day, in an ad campaign to try to highlight Zeldin’s opposition to abortion and support for President Trump. Inflation, crime, immigration, drugs, murders and assaults…not so much. 

    Lee Zeldin is generally considered the strongest Conservative Republican candidate for governor in many years and solidly supports the 2nd Amendment.  Both SCOPE Chairman Jack Prendergast and SCOPE President Tom Reynolds have spoken with him several times and they are convinced his positions on 2A are NOT lip service and that he genuinely believes in and understands the right to “keep and bear arms”.

    Kathy Hochul’s opposition to the 2nd Amendment has been well documented by SCOPE in Emails over the past few weeks.

    Here’s a prediction: Hochul will start accusing Zeldin of racism in his fight against crime.  This has been a favorite strategy of Democrats since the first George Bush highlighted Willie Horton in ad campaigns.  For those that don’t remember, Horton  was a convicted felon who, while serving life sentence for murder without the possibility of parole,  was the beneficiary of a Massachusetts weekend furlough program while Bush’s opponent was governor of Massachusetts. Horton did not return from his weekend furlough and committed assault, armed robbery, and rape before being captured.  That Bush pointed this out was considered by the left as being racist.

    A weekend furlough for a convicted murderer! And you though New York’s new bail laws were crazy.

    Former President  Trump endorsed Zeldin with these words.  "I have watched and known Congressman Lee Zeldin for many years. He is a great and brilliant lawyer who was a ‘must see’ for others in Congress when they had a complex legal problem that was holding up legislation…Lee was strong on the Border, Crime, our great Military & Vets (like few others!), and fought hard to protect our 2nd Amendment, and succeeded. Lee Zeldin is a WINNER who GOT THINGS DONE. He will be a GREAT Governor of New York...”

    There are an estimated 5 million gun owners in NY State and when Andrew Cuomo was reelected in 2014, 3.8 million total votes were cast and Cuomo won with 2.1 million votes.  If gun owners had shown up to vote…

  • 10/12/2022 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    Counties Speak Out for the 2nd Amendment  by Tom Reynolds

    SCOPE and other 2nd Amendment defense organizations, such as Niagara County SAFE, have been busy getting their county legislators to pass resolutions in opposition to / condemning the new gun control laws and, in particular, the so-called ‘Concealed Carry Improvement Act’ - which would better have been titled the ‘Concealed carry Elimination Act.”

    The purpose is not only to register our anger at Kathy Hochul’s unconstitutional acts but to publicize her actions and, hopefully, make some gun owners aware of what is happening.  And, perhaps, motivate them to vote in November.

    The following is an example of the 3 minute rationale that was used in front of the county legislature during the ‘Public Comment’ portion of the legislature’s meeting.

    Inflation gets attention but constitutional infringements can go unnoticed.  Before you is a resolution opposing a law restricting the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.  Restricting criminals…not so much. 

    Elected officials, including the NY Governor, take an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution.  Not just those parts of the Constitution that they like, but the whole thing.

    Last week, a federal judge held that most of this NY law violated either the 1st, 2nd, 5th or 14th Amendments.  Apparently, Kathy Hochul is not rabid about fulfilling her oath of office.

    The Supreme Court repeatedly emphasizes that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is self-defense. 

    During the Cold War, there was a self-defense policy called Mutually Assured Destruction.  If we were attacked with nuclear weapons, we would respond with nuclear weapons.  The USSR might succeed in destroying us, but we would have also destroyed them.  The policy worked! No nuclear war.

    Self-defense involving guns is about Mutually Assured Destruction. Legal gun owners never want to use their weapon against another human being.  We hope that by being armed and willing to use our gun, that will stop criminals before they commit the crime.

    Hochul wants to disarm legal gun owners, shifting power to the criminal.

    Incidents involving guns - without shooting being involved - don’t make news.  However, the Center For Disease Control did a study and found that guns were used defensively an estimated 496,000 times a year. 

    A 2013 review by the National Research Council found that annual estimates of defensive gun use ranges from about 500,000 to more than 3 million. 

    Don’t be deceived by gun control advocates’ lies and misinformation: for instance, Joe Biden outright lies when he says that Gun manufacturers can’t be sued.

    At least 18 counties have approved similar resolutions. 

    The State Troopers Association has come out in opposition to the law.

    The NY State Sheriffs Association said it best: “We do not support punitive licensing requirements that aim only to restrain and punish law-abiding citizens…If we had been consulted before passage of these laws, we could have helped the Legislators…and the result would have been better, more workable licensing provisions that respect the rights of our law-abiding citizens and punish the lawbreakers.

    Send a message that the Constitution still means something in NY State.

    Here is a list of the 18 New York counties that have passed resolutions – to date - in opposition the so-called ‘Concealed Carry Improvement Act.’

    Essex                                   July 5th

    Orleans                                 July 27th

    Seneca                                 Aug 23rd

    Cayuga                                 Aug 23rd

    Cattaraugus                          Aug 30th

    Sullivan                                 Sep 1st

    Niagara                                 Sep 13th

    Allegany                               Sep 14th

    Herkimer                               Sep 14th

    Oswego                                Sep 15th

    Columbia                              Sep 15th

    Wayne                                  Sep 22nd

    Steuben                                Sep 22nd

    Genesee                               Sep 28th

    Chautauqua                          Sep 28th

    Schuyler                               Oct 11th

    Chemung                              Oct 11th

    Yates                                    Oct 11th

  • 10/10/2022 8:28 PM | Anonymous
    • Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!  by Tom Reynolds

      The Left wants to eliminate Columbus Day - as he offends them because he was involved with slavery – and the Left wants to honor Indigenous Peoples, instead.  It’s appropriate that Democrats want to honor Indigenous Peoples as their history parallels the Democrat Party’s history of slavery.

      Did you know that the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery did not apply to all slaves?  The “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast - Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole - also participated in the institution of slavery.  Because these tribes were located outside the sovereignty of the United States, constitutional amendments did not apply to them.  (Kinda like Kathy Hochul, who doesn’t believe the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution applies to New York State.)

      According to journalist Aliana E. Roberts, by 1800, the “Five Tribes” had developed “plantations that rivaled those of their white neighbors.”  She also notes that the percentage of black slaves in the population was not insignificant.  In 1860:

    • Cherokee Nation citizens owned 2,511 slaves (15 percent of their total population),
    • Choctaw citizens owned 2,349 slaves (14 percent of their total population), and
    • Creek citizens owned 1,532 slaves (10 percent of their total population).
    • Chickasaw citizens owned 975 slaves, which amounted to 18 percent of their total population.

    These were proportions equivalent to that of white slave owners in Tennessee, a large slaveholding state.

    Most other North American tribes also practiced some form of slavery, even before Columbus.  (Wait a minute – Columbus didn’t introduce slavery to America?  If that’s so, could the 1619 Project also be wrong?)

    A special “shout out” on Indigenous Peoples Day to the Aztecs.

    The Aztecs had religious festivities at the end of their 20-day months and human sacrifice was an essential feature of these festivities.  (And you thought giving up something for Lent was hard.)

    Human sacrifice also was part of the legend around the founding of the Aztec capital city, Tenochtitlan, which was accompanied by the sacrifice and skinning of the daughter of the King Coxcox of Culhuacan.  (By contrast, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton decided on the current site of Washington D.C. over dinner and a glass of wine.)

    Another aspect of Aztec human sacrifice was children who were made to cry before the sacrifice. The tears were thought to wet the earth and thus appease the gods. If a child did not cry, the priests would sometimes tear out the nails of the child to make him or her cry.

    The Aztec practice of human sacrifice also served a political purpose.  Since the Aztecs were small in number compared to the other subjugated tribes and, thus, there was always a danger of an alliance between these tribes against the Aztecs.  To avert this, Aztecs demanded humans as a tribute from the subjugated tribes.  As a result, these tribes would constantly raid each other to procure humans for sacrifice. This minimized or eliminated the chance of an alliance between the tribes.  (Sounds like the current effort to keep the left in power by dividing people over race and gender issues.)

    Five years before Columbus discovered America, in 1487, “Templo Mayor” was dedicated in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, with a four-day celebration. How many were sacrificed during that time is a subject of scholarly speculation with the lowest estimate is 4,000. 

    It is hard to know how many Aztecs died under the sacrificial knife. Many reputable scholars today put the number between 20,000 and 250,000 per year for the whole Aztec Empire.  (Hitler, Mao and Stalin would have been proud of the Aztecs.)

    Indigenous People Day would not be complete without mentioning the Incas of Peru.  Although a little less bloodthirsty than Aztecs, the Incas had also enslaved the indigenous people further south along the Andes.

    Human sacrifices were practiced by the Incas to ward off danger, famine or an epidemic. The victims were usually children, sometimes men and virgins.  (Apparently, virgins have been sacrificial favorites, everywhere.) 

    More recently, archaeologists have discovered a site in northern Peru of mass child sacrifice.  Over 140 children were probably sacrificed about 550 years ago on a site known as Huanchaquito-Las Llamas.  Later, the number of sacrificed children’s remains found rose to 269, with the discovery of another nearby site. 

    An interesting aspect of the Inca Empire is described in the book “A Socialist Empire: The Incas of Peru” by Louis Baudin.  He writes that the regime imposed by the Inca rulers on the indigenous populations they had enslaved was a precursor of Marxist-style socialism.  Private property and individual initiative were prohibited.  Money and commerce did not exist.  Private life was subject to tough state regulation: people had to dress in a similar way; marriage was allowed only following the eugenic laws of the state, to avoid “racial contamination”.  Like any tyrannical system of this type, it was oppressive and didn’t work, so much so that the subjugated indigenous peoples enthusiastically helped the few Spaniards who came to get rid of it.  (Sounds like the Incas deserve the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood award for eugenics.) 

    So, the Aztecs and Incas enslaved other indigenous peoples.   Well, at least they weren’t racists.          

    It’s lucky for those Indigenous Peoples that they weren’t “White European Heritage Peoples” or they would have to lose their new holiday because they practiced slavery.  If the day had to be renamed, again, the “woke” would demand that it honor someone who did not practice slavery; that, of course, would eliminate just about every race and country in the history of the world.  But if you wanted to name it for someone who did not practice human sacrifice, Christopher Columbus is available.

  • 10/07/2022 9:53 AM | Anonymous
    • GOA-NY # 2 Ruling on October 6th  by Tom Reynolds

      On October 6th, U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby issued a decision on the GOA-NY lawsuit.  This was the follow up law suit that SCOPE described in its Email of September 23rd titled “GOA-NY #2”.  S.C.O.P.E. Shooters Committee On Political Education - GOA-NY #2 ( The original law suit’s results were described in SCOPE’s Email of September 2nd called “Round One”.   S.C.O.P.E. Shooters Committee On Political Education - Round One (

      The new law suit asserted that the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) violated the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 14th Amendments.

      The CCIA is a long law with many parts and the challenges to it were successful on many parts - but not all.  2nd Amendment defenders may feel good but not overjoyed.  The following will highlight each of the parts of the decision.

      Temporarily Restrained is a temporary 2nd Amendment victory.

      As with the First law suit, NY State tried to get the case dismissed on technical grounds.  They failed.

    • The first law suit resulted in a dismissal for lack of standing. However, in the new law suit, “the Court finds that Plaintiffs have sufficiently shown that they each have standing and that each Defendant is a proper party…”
    • NY State also tried for a dismissal by describing a technicality, out of context.  The judge caught it and dismissed it.
    • NY State then tried to show that the circumstances did not call for a Temporary Injunction.  The judge overruled them.

    Then, the judge made his rulings on the various parts of the law.  Remember, SCOPE is attempting, below, to convert the lengthy legal rulings and pages of back-up into some easily understood descriptions.

    License applicant must show “good moral character”.

    The judge first rejected CCIA saying that under CCIA: “the applicant (must) rebut the presumption that he or she is a danger to himself or herselfs ...instead of moving toward becoming a shall-issue jurisdiction, New York State has further entrenched itself as a shall-not-issue jurisdiction.”  (Emphasis added.)

    But the judge also gave NY State a way out.  He let the provision stand but he inserted mandatory language that, instead of the license applicant proving he/she has good moral character, NY State must now prove the applicant does not have good moral.

    The applicant went from guilty until proven innocent to innocent until proven guilty.

    License applicant must furnish character references

    The judge let this provision stand.

    License applicant must furnish names and contact information for the applicant's current spouse, or domestic partner, any other adults residing in the applicant's home, including any adult children of the applicant, and whether or not there are minors residing, full time or part time, in the applicant's home

    The judge said: “…the Court finds that no such circumstances exist under which this provision would be valid… The Court orders its enforcement temporarily restrained.”

    License applicant must furnish social media accounts

    The Court ordered its enforcement temporarily restrained.

    License applicant must furnish “Such Other Information Required by the Licensing Officer”

    The judge had doubts about this except for minor follow up information but gave NY State the benefit-of-the-doubt and ruled: “…the Court will let this provision stand for now, although it is willing to revisit the issue…”

    License applicant must undergo Eighteen Hours of Firearm Training.

    The judge, “ …has been persuaded by Defendants that historically Americans’ familiarity with firearms was far more common than it is today; and it is has not yet been persuaded by Plaintiffs that the CCIA’s firearm-training requirements are so onerous as to fall within the scope of what the Supreme Court in Bruen called ‘exorbitant.’” 

    But he also quoted a warning from Bruen “…because any permitting scheme can be put toward abusive ends, we do not rule out constitutional challenges to shall-issue regimes where, for example, lengthy wait times in processing license applications or exorbitant fees deny ordinary citizens their right to public carry.”

     As a result, the Court let that provision stand, for now.

    License applicant must have an In-Person Meeting with Licensing Officer

    The judge found: “…that no such circumstances exist under which this provision would be valid…As a result, the Court orders this provision’s enforcement temporarily restrained.”

    The judge then turned his attention to sensitive locations and restricted locations where concealed carry is prohibited under CCIA. 

    Government Buildings and polling places as sensitive locations

    The judge let these provisions stand.

    Places of Worship or Religious Observation as sensitive locations

    The judge ruled that “…the Constitution demands that this provision contain an exception for those persons who have been tasked with the duty to keep the peace at the place of worship or religious observation. The Court therefore orders Defendants to so construe this provision when performing their duties in their official capacities.”

    The judge is saying that general parishioners cannot carry but designated security can carry.

    Schools, etc as sensitive locations

    The judge ruled that this provision may stand for now, except for the prohibition on concealed carry in “summer camps.”

    Places or Vehicles Used for Public Transportation as a sensitive location

    The judge ruled, “…it does not appear permissible for New York State to restrict concealed carry in ‘any place, conveyance, or vehicle used for public transportation or public transit, subway cars, train cars, buses, ferries, railroad, omnibus, marine or aviation transportation; or any facility used for or in connection with service in the transportation of passengers, airports, train stations, subway and rail stations, and bus terminals.’”

    The Court ordered the enforcement of this provision temporarily restrained.

    Any gathering of individuals to collectively express their constitutional rights to protest or assemble as a sensitive location.

    The judge said: “…it appears permissible for New York State to restrict concealed carry in ‘any gathering of individuals to collectively express their constitutional rights to protest or assemble’”

    As a result, this provision may stand.

    Performance events, etc as sensitive locations

    The judge said it does not appear permissible for New York State to restrict concealed carry in the following places: “…any place used for the performance, art entertainment, gaming, or sporting events such as theaters, stadiums, racetracks, museums, amusement parks, performance venues, concerts, exhibits, conference centers, banquet halls, and gaming facilities and video lottery terminal facilities as licensed by the gaming commission….”

    The judge ordered the enforcement of this provision temporarily restrained.

    Serving Alcohol or cannabis as sensitive locations

    It does not appear permissible for New York State to restrict concealed carry in the following places, “…any establishment issued a license for on-premise consumption… where alcohol is consumed and any establishment licensed under article four of the cannabis law for on-premise consumption.”

    The Court ordered the enforcement of this provision temporarily restrained.

    Times Square as a sensitive location

    The judge ruled that enforcement of this provision is temporarily restrained.

    All Other “Sensitive Locations”

    The judge found: “…it impermissible for New York State to restrict concealed carry in the remaining 10 purported ‘sensitive locations’ set forth in the CCIA…the Court orders the enforcement of these remaining provisions temporarily restrained.”

    Prohibition on ‘Restricted Locations’ which prohibits license holders from carrying in other persons’ buildings and or on other person’s land, enclosed or not, unless expressly permitted to do so.

    The judge ruled that, ”…The State of New York is now making a decision for private property owners that they are perfectly able to make for themselves (and, in fact, did before the CCIA was enacted), as well as arguably compelling speech on a sensitive issue.”

    “The Court orders the enforcement of this provision temporarily restrained, except with regard to fenced-in farmland owned by another or fenced-in hunting ground owned by another.”

    The Temporary Restraining Orders shall be in effect pending a hearing and ruling on Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction.  Currently, that briefing is scheduled to conclude on October 20, 2022.

    The Temporary Restraining Order should be stayed three business days to allow NY State to seek emergency relief in the Second Circuit Appeals court.

  • 10/05/2022 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    Lessons from Reagan  by Tom Reynolds

    A month ago, Mikhail Gorbachev died and the main stream media couldn’t say enough about how he was responsible for the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) – as if it was his idea.  The reality is that he did everything he could to preserve the USSR until the “Evil Empire’s” death was unstoppable.  The main person responsible for destroying the USSR was Ronald Reagan, with help from Lech Walesa, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II.  If Gorbachev was in any way responsible it was by his incompetence, as Reagan ate-his-lunch.

    When Reagan took office in January 1981, the general philosophy amongst the U.S. leadership was that we had to coexist with the USSR.  In January 1992, the USSR no longer existed.

    How did Reagan do it?  Any lessons to be learned from Reagan?

    When Reagan said the Soviet Union was destined for the “Ash heap of history”, it wasn’t just rhetoric.  He understood the precarious position that the USSR was in, especially economically.

    Anyone ever buy a Russian refrigerator, a Russian car or a Russian TV?  Not likely.  The USSR’s main source of hard cash to fund its expansionist empire was from its exports of fossil fuels: oil and natural gas.  The USSR’s economy desperately depended on cash from those exports.

    Reagan worked to flood the market with oil: he accelerated the removal of U.S. price controls; lowered the windfall profits tax; and trumpeted that Capitalism was a good thing.  In addition, the trans-Alaska pipeline came on-line and North Sea oil production increased. 

    What happens when there is an excess of any product?  The price drops.  And to the Soviet Union’s distress, Reagan engineered a glut of oil and its price dropped, dramatically. In 1986, oil sold for 26% of its 1980 price per barrel.  Basically, Reagan bankrupted the USSR by letting supply-and-demand do the work for him.

    Fast forward to 2022.  The Russian Federation is the successor to the USSR but very little has changed from the USSR’s good-old-days; oil and natural gas are still Russia’s main source of cash from exports.  No one is yet buying Russian refrigerators, cars or TV’s. 

    Europe, in particular, due to some of the dumbest political leadership in history, has made itself dependent on Russia for natural gas and oil.  Then, earlier in the year, the European Union said it planned to phase out imports of Russian oil, aiming to cut their purchases by 90% by the end of the year. Is the E.U. leadership aware of the weather phenomenon called Winter?

    Current President Joe Biden was a Senator in the 1980’s and did everything he could to oppose Reagan.  He hasn’t learned anything, especially about supply-and-demand.  Or maybe he has issued an executive order to outlaw it.

    Biden was determined to destroy the fossil fuel industry in the U.S. and when Russia invaded Ukraine, Biden was the prime mover in imposing an embargo on Russian exports of oil and natural gas.  Net result - an oil and natural gas shortage - and the law of supply-and-demand took over; oil and natural gas prices soared, worldwide.  When Biden became president, the average price of a barrel of oil was about $54.  It’s now about $84 (a 55% increase) and earlier in the year was about $120.  Russian oil revenue averaged $15 billion a month in 2021 and was averaging $20 billion in the first half of 2022.  The embargo reduced Russia’s exports but not it's income. 

    As a by-product of all this, gasoline prices in the United States dropped during Reagan’s administration.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price of a gallon of gas in 1980 was $1.25.  In Reagan’s last year in office, 1988, it was $.95. 

    Contrast this with Biden’s strategy where, in 2020, gasoline sold for $2.17 per gallon.  In 2021 it was $3.05.  In 2022…you know what it is and had been a few months ago and is predicted to be again.

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may yet fail.  But it won’t be because of an oil embargo against Russia.  The people the embargo has hurt are…look in the mirror. 

    How would the world be different if Biden had followed Reagan’s plan and reversed his opposition to fossil fuels and flooded the market?  Would Russia’s Ukrainian invasion already have flopped, saving the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of billions in support of Ukraine?  How many Ukrainians and Russians would still be alive?  And what would a gallon of gas cost? 

    There’s another lesson from Reagan that the current political leadership at the federal and New York State level hasn’t learned.

    From the 1950’s and on, both the USSR and the U.S. had enough nuclear weapons to destroy the other.  But they did not do it because of a policy called Mutually Assured Destruction.  If the USSR had attacked us, they knew we would retaliate and destroy them.  Even if the USSR succeeded in destroying the U.S., they would also have been destroyed.  Or as President Eisenhower put it, “We’ll all be grubbing for worms”.  In a world where our adversaries were not going to disarm themselves, Mutually Assured Destruction worked.

    Why do mass murderers attack Gun Free Zones and not places where their victims might fight back.  The murderer may succeed in killing someone but, if the victims are armed, it’s likely the murderer will also be killed.  On a smaller scale, it’s Mutually Assured Destruction.  And since criminals are not likely to unilaterally disarm, the ability to shoot back is the key to survival when a murderer is at hand - or to prevent that situation from happening.

    Would a murderer plan to face an AR15 locked and loaded with 15-20 rounds of ammo.  Not a concern for murderers in Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer’s vision of America where the AR 15 is outlawed.

    Would a murderer plan to face a potential victim who may be concealed carrying?  Not a concern for murderers in Kathy Hochul’s New York State where U.S. Supreme Court decisions are ignored in favor of declaring the entire state a gun free zone.

  • 10/03/2022 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Attorney General  by Tom Reynolds

    We often talk about races for governor, for congress, etc. But the “down ballot” elections you don’t always hear much about can be equally important.  For instance, the race for Attorney General in New York State where Republican Michael Henry is challenging incumbent Democrat Attorney General Letitia James is important to 2nd Amendment supporters and to anyone who fears government agencies using their power against political opponents.  (Can you say Merrick Garland and the F.B.I.?)

    James is so caught up in her power that Democrats should also be afraid because she will use her office against anyone – even Democrats – who dare oppose her. 

    James has shown she knows how to abuse power to go after our 2nd Amendment rights.  She made a campaign promise to go after the National Rifle Association (NRA) for political purposes.  She wants to use alleged misdeeds by NRA officers to completely shut down the organization.  That kind of “corporate death penalty” has rarely been used, but there have rarely been Attorney Generals as completely motivated by politics as James.  (Which is saying a lot in New York State where the list of disgraced ex-Attorney Generals includes Elliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman.)

    The NY Post says, “James may be the most partisan Democratic prosecutor in the country”.  (In a country filled with George Soros funded prosecutors, that is saying something!)

    James’ also demanded that credit card companies create a specific merchant category code for sales of guns and ammunition. She then celebrated the International Standard Organization’s (ISO) requirement for the new code. This would allow credit card information to be used to generate a list of possible gun owners, if subpoenaed by any state Attorney General who is anti-2A…like Letitia James.

    Twenty four (24) state Attorneys General called out the credit card companies for giving in to the demands of James.   

    Leaking confidential information is how government agencies convict people in the media and destroy reputations.  The Attorney General’s office is supposed to be impartial and information it gathers is confidential.  But, former U.N.  Ambassador and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley accused  James’ office of breaking tax laws by leaking the list of donors to Haley’s conservative advocacy group, “Stand for America”. Politico obtained an unredacted copy of Stand For America’s tax return.  Haley said, “We look at the last page from what Politico provided and it has the New York state attorney general’s office stamp on it…that office leaked it to the press.”

    Crime is usually the number one concern of voters in polls and is the issue that state AGs should care most about, particularly murders in NY State’s crime-ridden cities or crimes that cost taxpayers money. Which brings us to James’ recent lawsuit against former president and 2nd Amendment supporter Donald Trump, which includes neither of these issues.  After running for AG on a platform that included bringing down Trump, James accuses Trump of inflating his assets on loan applications.  Curiously, none of the corporations that made those loans are joining her suit.  She alleges a crime without a victim. 

    The retired head of GE Asset Management, John Myers, completed scores of such loan transactions and he explains the real situation: “…the banks and other sophisticated financial institutions do their own due diligence on valuations and basically could care less what Trump’s valuation was. Plusthe loans were all repaid, so who was the victim?”  Myers also points out that real estate “valuations themselves are subjective in nature.” (Remember the appraisals on your mortgage application, which were certainly for a lot less than Trump’s loans?)

    Speaking of crime – or the lack of interest in it by James - government unions typically endorse Democrats, especially in NY State where the Democrat Party controls the power.  However, the NY City Police Conference (50,000 member detectives, sergeants, captains and lieutenants) is backing  Henry over James.  The NY Post reported that, “Frustrated public safety reps…don’t see James…as a friend of law enforcement during these troubling times.” 

    NYC Detectives Endowment president Paul DiGiacomo said she is, “no help whatsoever to the women and men who daily put themselves in harm’s way. Keeping New Yorkers safe from criminals is not her priority.”

    Remember the destruction in the George Floyd riots?  DiGiacomo added, She sued the NYPD on pattern and practices after the George Floyd riots, but said nothing about the rioters total disregard for public safety and for public and private property.”

    When crime is the number one concern of many new Yorkers, James is so bad that New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (NYSTPBA) has endorsed Henry.  NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer said: “The NYSTPBA is urging all of its members, along with their family members and friends, as well as all members of the law enforcement community, to vote for Michael Henry for New York State Attorney General.”

    The Attorney General title is often shortened to “AG”.  In New York State, that also stands for “Aspiring Governor”, as evidenced by Spitzer and Cuomo.  (Didn’t I mention them before?)  James flirted with running for governor this year but there was as much enthusiasm for her as there was for former NY City Mayor Bill DiBlasio, also running for governor.  One thing can be said for both their candidacies: They united both parties - no one wanted them to be governor.

  • 09/29/2022 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    CO2 Shortage  by Tom Reynolds

    A “perfect storm” is leading to a CO2 shortage.

    Jackson Dome, located near Jackson, Mississippi on an extinct volcano, is a large and relatively pure source of naturally occurring CO2 and is the only significant underground deposit of CO2 in the United States east of the Mississippi River.  It has become contaminated. The supplier of this gas shut down in July.  Failure to address contamination issues can leave a product at risk of bad tastes, strange odors, spoilage, and product recalls. 

    Another CO2 supplier’s plant in Illinois suffered a mechanical failure that will shut the plant down until mid-September.

    CO2 as a byproduct of Ethanol production.  Ethanol plants had to shut down during the pandemic because there wasn't a big demand for gas due to people staying home and not driving. 

    Besides the CO2 shortage, there are other issues.

    The price of aluminum cans has increased. The DailyMail cited that inflation has driven aluminum can prices up by 20 percent. The COVID pandemic kept people at home and there was a rise in at-home drinking causing a can shortage.

    If that wasn’t enough, a lack of delivery drivers has also had an impact. To make matters worse, a union of delivery and warehouse workers went on strike in Philadelphia, mid-year. And labor shortages are happening across the board as a result of the pandemic. 

    Okay, there’s a CO2, aluminum and driver shortage.  So…?

    The weather didn't cooperate for growing barley in the Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest last year. With high heat and dry conditions, the barley crops got scorched. 

    Barley…isn’t that used in…?


    Barley is used in beer.

    CO2 contributes to beer foam, shelf stability and it’s used throughout the production and packaging process.  It is essential to modern beer making.  A handful of big brewers are insulated from the shortage because they use innovative technology to capture natural carbon dioxide from the brewing process and store it for future use.  Denver Beer Co. in Colorado uses reclaimed CO2 and sells extra supply to a cannabis company for use in the grow houses.  (It’s a relief that beer and marijuana are supportive of each other in this time of crisis.)

    Beer is packaged in aluminum cans.

    Beer is transported by delivery drivers.  And remember, Pete Buttigieg is working on the delivery problems.  Gulp!

    Net result: at worst a beer shortage and at best an increase in the price of beer. Beer prices have risen less than the broader food and beverage market, but food has risen so sharply that isn’t much consolation.  And that could get worse as the rising cost of these issues leads to a more expensive pint.

    You don’t drink?  Besides beer, soft drinks and seltzers also rely on CO2 for carbonation. Without it, the drinks fall flat.

    CO2 is also used to help preserve certain frozen foods like pizza.

    A beer and pizza shortage!

    Wait a minute, isn’t CO2 one of the boogeymen that the green environmentalists are trying to eliminate?

    Yes.  California just passed a law allowing human bodies to be composted instead of cremated because cremation releases so much CO2.  Californians can now be composted!  (I was tempted to make a joke about a friend who grows tomatoes but…)

    Don’t plants use CO2 and convert it to oxygen?

    In the competition for CO2, will people have to choose between air and beer?

  • 09/26/2022 9:17 PM | Anonymous

    First Week in Congress  by Tom Reynolds

    At the Steuben County SCOPE Bar-B-Que on the 18th, Congressman of less-than-a-week Joe Sempolinski was there.  After some discussion, it became obvious that the experiences of a new congressman’s first week were something most of us have never heard and he agreed to share some of it with SCOPE.

    It is the honor of a lifetime to be sworn into the United States House of Representatives and I was blessed with that honor on September 13, 2022. Words cannot express what it meant for me to be sworn in as my wife Angie, my daughters Maddie and JoJo, my parents, and my wife's parents looked on. It is a feeling I will never forget.

    To think of the decisions and the history that has been made in that chamber is truly awe-inspiring.  As I have said before, whether it's four minutes or four months, it is a privilege to serve in the United States Congress to represent the good people of NY's 23rd Congressional District.

    As I was sworn in, I gave my oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, which is a commitment I do not take lightly. That is why I commend you at S.C.O.P.E for all that you do in that exact mission.

    Since being sworn in, our team has hit the ground running here in Washington and, most importantly, back home in the 23rd District. Our offices are staffed and busy helping constituents which was always my first objective. In Washington, I have been busy with votes and my committee assignments on the Education and Labor Committee as well as the Budget Committee, always making sure that I am a voice for our district by putting their best interest first.

    I managed Republican speakers on the House floor for two bills. It is very rare that a congressman, with less than one week in office, manages one bill, let alone two. 

    I've also gotten to know the NY delegation and have had wonderful conversations and discussions with them. Everyone has been very gracious and kind, especially my fellow upstate Republicans.

    I was surprised to learn, early on, how frequently members vote remotely in committee hearings. When the Republicans take the House back in November, they will be doing away with proxy voting. It's unsettling that major decisions are being made by a representative eating a sandwich on a computer screen. It is time that our Representatives do their jobs and return to Washington in person.

    It has also become clear that the Democrats have a very different, unconstitutional vision for this country. It is more important than ever that the direction of this country changes and we reject the Biden/Pelosi agenda. I will never stop defending our rights.

    Overall, my first week has been a busy and thrilling experience. I thank everyone in the 23rd who put their faith and trust in me. I will not let you down. I am excited about what we have accomplished so far and look forward to the work ahead, fighting day in and day out for my friends, family, and neighbors.

    Before he was Congressman Sempolinski, Joe spoke at the last two SCOPE Member’s Meetings.  He is a SCOPE member.

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