For those of you who’ve just joined us, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is America’s number one gun grabber. Using his bully pulpit, speaking on behalf of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), Bloomberg promotes the idea that America’s gun laws are too lenient by half. Any regulation restricting the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms in the name of public safety is A-OK with Bloomberg. Unlike The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, MAIG is well-funded—via Bloomberg’s personal fortune. Bloomberg’s business publications account for a big slice of that pie. While the Mayor isn’t supposed to meddle with his media mavens (being an elected official and all), his news orgs reflect the Mayor’s anti-gun perspective. Except when they don’t . . .
Here’s an example of a career-killing bit of common sense from [no spacing allowed] BloombergBusinessweek writer Paul M. Barrett, in an article entitled Gun Control and the Milwaukee Sikh Massacre.
It is too early to say what precisely the suburban Milwaukee Sikh temple massacre may tell us about guns and gun control. The facts are still in flux, and the facts matter . . .
But before we condemn elected officials as “immoral” because they fail to offer instant “reforms,” let’s find out what exactly happened in Milwaukee and then examine closely what changes in the law could have prevented it. The grim reality is that, in a society with 250 million to 300 million firearms already in private hands, tinkering with the rules on legally obtaining new guns—meaning tinkering with gun control—can have only a marginal effect on deterring determined mass killers.
Bravo Mr. Barrett! We’ve taken Paul to task for the pro-gun control rhetoric in his book Glock, The Rise of America’s Gun. But we’re not so blinded by ideology that we can’t see that even the appeasers who would compromise American gun rights recognize the truth from time to time. [Hey Paul, send a pic of yourself holding a Glock to firstname.lastname@example.org when you get a chance, m’kay?]