Often, anti-gun zealots try and advocate restrictive gun control measures by claiming that they’re uncomfortable with “untrained” people with guns in their community. However, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a special kind of zealot.
Though he has talked about the destruction wrought upon his town by Hurricane Sandy and expressed a desire to recover, he recently refused help from the National Guard because- get this- he doesn’t want armed personnel in his city.
Bloomberg is not above capitalizing on tragic events to spout his anti-gun rhetoric. In the wake of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Bloomberg was one of the first to politicize the tragedy by blaming loose gun control restrictions as a major factor in the carnage in the movie theater. Now, as New Yorkers put together parts of their city and remain endangered by the stretched-thin presence of an overwhelmed police department, Mayor Bloomberg has opened his mouth again to deny the city the kind of help it needs because his hatred of guns is greater than his commitment to New Yorkers.
You may remember Bloomberg as the man who actually advocated that police officers go on strike until citizens give up their right to keep and bear arms. As America mourned the tragedy in Aurora, Bloomberg appeared on Piers Morgan Live to trample on the right that protects all the others and said,
“I don’t understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up, collectively, and say, ‘We’re going to go on strike. We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”
In response to pleas by the Brooklyn borough president for National Guard personnel to quell the lawlessness occurring in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg stated,
“We don’t need it. The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.”
Sure, that makes sense. Since the NYPD is able to effectively stop 100% of crimes, then there is no reason for the National Guard to come in and help with the recovery effort in an urban area hit by a hurricane.
Does that sound crazy to anybody else, or is it just me?
The level of anti-gun fanaticism illustrated by Mayor Bloomberg is reckless and it promises to needlessly endanger the inhabitants of New York City. After natural disasters, these areas become havens for lawlessness as police and emergency responders are stretched thin. Bloomberg is endangering these citizens.