It will come to no surprise to those who have read this blog that I feel that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a tyrant who tramples on peoples free will and freedom of choice to impose his own whims on the people by fiat. He is a bully in an ivory tower. If New York City was a foreign country we would look upon him with the same condemnation we have for all despots. He has changed election laws to allow himself to run a third term and he has used his billions of dollars to ridicule and brow beat opposition as well as trying to expand his reach. Like any greedy little despot, he wants to become a bigger despot.
One of the ways he goes about doing this is by founding the Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The hypocrisy starts there in the name itself. Bloomberg views all guns that are not used to protect him and his rich socialite cronies as illegal. In his mind, the little peons can’t be trusted with firearms so they shouldn’t have them, or perhaps because they aren’t rich or famous they don’t deserve them. The cost for even applying for a permit (that will most likely be denied) is in excess of $430.
The city issues approximately 2000 gun licenses a year…in a city of 8 MILLION. We’re not even in the 1% range here…that is .00025 percent of the population is deemed worthy in Michael Bloomberg’s eyes as needing a handgun. For those of you who don’t know, a New York State carry permit is not recognized in NYC and both are “May Issue” permits. But Bloomberg retains his grip on his fiefdom by regulating, with high non refundable application fees and arbitrary prerequisites of “need”, that it would take 40 years before 1% of law abiding citizens were allowed to carry in the city.
But let’s get to reason I spent this weekend thinking about this. Imagine if you will, a criminal with a gun walks over to the Empire State Building with murder on his mind. Now this criminal pulls out his gun and is about to heinously assassinate a man who was just trying to go about his day heading into work. But before the assassin has the chance to pull the trigger a law abiding person, maybe his victim, maybe someone around him , sees what is about to go down and pulls out their firearm that they are legally allowed to have and a firefight ensues.
I won’t even say who fired poorly and who didn’t but I will just tell you how it ends up. The assassin is dead and nine innocent bystanders were wounded in the crossfire. What do you think Mayor Bloomberg’s reaction would be?
Would he congratulate the bystander for saving a man’s life?
Would he have been quoted saying, “There is no doubt that the situation would’ve been even more tragic except for the extraordinary acts of heroism”?
Of course he wouldn’t. He would rail against the vigilante-ism of the act, he would say we no longer live in the wild west, he would bring the hero up on charges and hold them civilly liable for the 9 innocent bystanders shot and he would demonize everything that this person did only to further his end game of eliminating the ability for regular law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
He would go further than this since there is never a tragedy that he doesn’t like to exploit (that isn’t of his own making). He would try to expand the racially motivated stop and frisk policy that he currently employs as well as trampling on an even more rights in order to assert his control.
But, that’s not what happened. What happened was that a man was assassinated and the police, who are not expected to stop crime and indeed are legally exempt from having to, pursued the assassin a few feet, drew their weapons, fired wildly at the man and after 16 shots were fired they hit their target a grand total of once, while 9 innocent bystanders lay bleeding on the ground.
And of Michael Bloomberg’s outrage? Of his need for his officers to be a little more proficient in the use of arms? In the call to disarm the police if they cannot act responsibly with a firearm? What mention has he made on the utter and complete failing of his lauded gun control policies that will not and cannot prevent such acts?
I would say he remained silent but that would be giving him credit he does not deserve.
Bloomberg, like a spoiled rich kid, blames all the poor hicks in the country side for his gun violence inhis city. In his mind if only we expanded gun control like they have in New York City than everything would be swell. If only we disarmed the people and tread completely on their rights can we live in a NYC inspired utopia. Freedom is overrated anyways, eh Mike? I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in New York City. You tell us what to eat, the portion sizes, how mothers must nurse their children, what rights we can and cannot exercise (the latter becoming larger than the former) that we must submit to random searches without reasonable suspicion for the good of the city and all these other things YOU, Mayor Michael Bloomberg think WE the people need.
And if something you impose doesn’t work you simply blame someone else.
Hypocrisy is a vile and petty thing…and Michael Bloomberg you reek of it.