Now that Brady Campaign Prez Paul Helmke’s retired, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the undisputed heavyweight king of America’s gun control movement. His is an empty kingdom. In June 2008, the Supreme Court struck down D.C.’s handgun ban. Two years later, they kiboshed Chicago’s ban. As legal hurdles to gun ownership and concealed carry continue to fall, sales are surging. Meanwhile, anti-gun initiatives—from high cap mag bans to micro-stamping—are dead in the water. By now, you can attribute gun control’s public support to little more than knee-jerk liberalism. Bloomberg, the head of the moribund Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has nowhere to go on the gun control issue and, increasingly, nothing to say. Even the media has grown weary of his bleating. To wit this, from nydailynews.com:
The mayor said 24 people shot in 24 hours in the city “is just unconscionable.”
“We cannot tolerate it,” Bloomberg said while speaking at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. “There are just too many guns on the streets and we have to do something about it.”
New York has the toughest gun laws in the country, but Bloomberg said the city alone cannot stop the onslaught of shootings. “We need the federal government to step up,” he said.
Bloomberg is a co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and has lobbied Washington repeatedly to beef up gun laws.
The mayor called on all federal politicians, regardless of party, to get on the same page .
“Both ends of Pennsylvania Ave., both sides of the aisle,” he said. “We cannot continue to have these guns in the hands of kids who don’t understand the value of life.”
Overall, gun violence in the city is down 5.9% from last year. As of Aug. 28, 1,123 people had been shot in New York this year, according to the NYPD.
When the Mayor of New York City is reduced to blaming feds for his city’s gun violence, when the populist NY Daily News implies that Bloomberg’s BSing ’cause his cause can’t get it done, it’s one more indication that America’s move towards greater gun rights is gaining momentum.
When Illinois finally throws off the yoke of Cook County corruption long enough to allow citizens in The Land of Lincoln to carry a concealed firearm, it will be the end of the beginning. But the real battle continues . . .
You can debate that whole “more guns, less crime” thing until your blued gun fades to black. Crime is besides the point. The best way for Americans to defend and extend their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is to keep and bear arms. Rhetoric is one thing. A gun is another. Just ask Mayor Bloomberg’s bodyguards.
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