I read Two Rabbis Fight For Gun Control From Pulpit — and the Heart at forward.com. I watched the accompanying bloody shirt waving extravaganza. I left a simple comment: “What part of never again don’t they understand?” And then I ran into this: “The potential game changer for Mosbacher and his colleague would be a pledge made by New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, to require all gun suppliers selling weapons to the city’s police force to fill out the gun safety questionnaire. [ED: five survey questions listed below.] If de Blasio, whose city has the largest police department in America, follows through on the promise that organizers said they had received from him during the campaign, pressure on gun manufacturers will increase substantially.” True dat, but not in the way that writer Nathan Guttman thinks . . .
If freshly-minted Mayor Bill de Blasio forces the NYPD to satisfy the rabbis’ and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s demand that they add a political purity test to the po-po’s procurement process, any gunmaker that plays ball will face a consumer backlash that will make the Smith & Wesson boycott look like a hissy fit. Mark my words. Watch this space. We will.
Click here to read the history and sordid details of this civilian disarmament plot via Rabbi Joel Mosbacher is a Putz. Here are MDA and the rabbis’ five questions for gunmakers who want to supply police departments with firearms:
Does the manufacturer refrain from selling its products through dealers with a history of selling guns that end up at crime scenes?
Does the manufacturer insist that dealers train their employees to spot “straw buyers” — people buying guns for end users who are circumventing background checks?
Does the manufacturer run buyback programs that help keep its used products from being sold on the internet?
Does the manufacturer cooperate fully with law enforcement — for example, by developing advanced ballistics technologies like bullet microstamping?
Is the manufacturer moving at breakneck speed to bring safer guns to market, like those with biometric recognition or other systems that prevent non-authorized users from pulling the trigger?