Oh, I forgot all about this.
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Organizing for Action was going to bus drones to Albany, joining forces with the SEIU to clash with NRA pro 2nd Amendment folks at their rally, Thursday, but in the end, they thought better of it.
The Blaze reported:
The National Rifle Association on Thursday held a massive rally in Albany, N.Y. to protest the Empire State’s restrictive gun laws signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January. The state’s massive gun control package gave New York the strictest gun laws in the United States.
NRA President David Keene fired up thousands of supporters outside the state Capitol, saying “we’ve lose battles before, we’ll not lose this war.”
“We’ll help you defeat the politicians depriving you of your rights,” Keene said. “We’ll do whatever is necessary. We will not allow those freedoms to be taken from us.”
Biz Journal reported:
In a muddy park outside the state Capitol, NRA president David Keene punctuated his speech by hoisting a green Remington Arms union T-shirt—a prominent reminder that major and small employers alike in New York’s Mohawk Valley could be impacted by the new gun laws.
The laws, passed last month after the shooting of 20 first-graders at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, don’t say anything about manufacturing firearms. The laws, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, do ban the sale of almost all semi-automatic weapons within state lines (and take a number of other steps).
Remington employs 1,300 union workers in the village of Ilion, 80 miles west of Albany. The sprawling factory that makes more than 730,000 firearms each year. About 50 Remington employees attended the rally.
Speakers at the gun rally included Senator Mike Nozzolio, Assemblyman Brian Kolb and NRA President David Keene:
Senator Greg Ball gave a fiery speech at gun rally:
“This is a tough, disgusting, nasty business, and I don’t know how long I’ll be involved with it, but as long as I’m in politics, I’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with you, and I will fight with you until hell freezes over….” he told the crowd:
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin @ Albany, NY Pro Gun Rally 2/28/13: