“Republican Joe Lhota [above], fending off repeated attacks from his Democratic rival, Bill de Blasio, that he is too right-wing to become mayor of New York City, was forced to defend himself tonight after a video surfaced that showed him telling conservatives that gun permits should be easier to obtain in the city,” politicker.com reports. Wait. Lhota’s defending himself? How about New York City liberals defending themselves for denying citizens their natural, civil and Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms? Nope. Actually, it’s worse than that. Lhota proves that RINOs aren’t an endangered species . . .
“The City of New York … goes to an extreme with their–bureaucracy is not even strong enough of a word,” Mr. Lhota told a Staten Island Tea Party group in April, NY1 reported. “It’s almost a level of harassment at a certain point and it needs to change. There’s something that should be fair and speedy about being able to get a gun permit.”
Pressed on the issue in a Road to City Hall interview tonight, Mr. Lhota said he was referring to people who were renewing their licenses, not those looking to obtain a gun for the first time. The brief video clip does not contain this context and it was not immediately possible to verify Mr. Lhota’s nuance.
“The question was about being able to get a new permit. You know, you need to have one every year–these are people who legally have guns who have shown that they have a need for it,” Mr. Lhota explained in the interview. “What’s gone on is, those people who legitimately need it, it’s getting harder and harder and harder for getting the renewal license, which is required and should be required once a year.”
Renewal? Who the hell has a New York City concealed carry permit? Celebrities, politicians and billionaires. Lhota was criticizing the city’s bureaucracy for making it difficult for the chosen ones to renew their handgun permit? Yeah right. Let’s face it: the Big Apple is a lost cause for gun rights unless we, The People of the Gun, can liberate them through the courts or the culture. Meanwhile, this.