Michael Bloomberg’s (Not So) Shocking Ignorance About Guns and Existing Gun Control Laws

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

You don’t have to know anything about guns to support (or finance) more limits on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. All you have to know is that you hate guns and the stupid people who own them.

While defending his permit-to-purchase proposal, Bloomberg drew a confused analogy between requiring a permit to buy a gun and voter registration requirements.

“I know critics will say ‘Americans shouldn’t need a permit to exercise their constitutional rights,’ but voting is a constitutional right, and we require people to register to protect the rights of all citizens, and this is the exact same idea,” he said.

Unlike the right to keep and bear arms, the right to vote per se is not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution or its amendments. The federal charter only places limitations on what kind of voting rights restrictions can exist.

At the same time, connecting gun-right restrictions to voting-right restrictions may raise uncomfortable questions for skeptics of the latter, including those in Bloomberg’s party who rail against proposals like voter ID. In particular, the claim that a gun purchase permit would “allow authorities to screen applicants for dangerous behavior” is similar to the “good character” vouchers that historically allowed officials to deny someone the right to vote based on their subjective judgment of the would-be voter’s character. Such vouchers were outlawed during the Civil Rights Era due to their discriminatory misuse.

– Stephen Gutowski in Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout

comments

  1. avatar enuf says:

    Yes, we know he’s a dumbass, everyone gets that. Even quite a few on his side get that. He is not a serious candidate.

    What matters is how he spends his money on the campaign. What matters is who his spending helps and hurts. Watch that, report on that.

    The rest is all noise.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      Imagine how many desperate, disabled, and poor people he could be helping with the millions he’s blowing on this anti-gun movement.

      1. avatar BJ says:

        As if he cared about them.

        As if they have anything to offer him.

    2. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      Trump has shown himself to be a consummate performance-artist who is incomparably good at playing to audiences. He will absolutely eat little Bloomie alive. And on national television.

    3. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Cognitive dissonance is a condition where there is a mismatch or contradiction between reality and perceptions, perceptions are used. Bloomberg doesn’t suffer from this condition. He thoroughly revels in it. Laws and facts will only confuse him.

      Can someone provide a comparison of how old Bloomberg will be at inauguration compared to Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton’s failed attempt? Clinton would have older than Reagan at inauguration day.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        Cognitive Dissonance? Yes, I see that but it is the same with Trump. Both are self’centered con artists, amoral shitheads.

        Trump is better at it and has the more
        advantageous position.

      2. avatar Icabod says:

        From a 2016 article
        “ If elected, Clinton will become the second-oldest person to ever win the White House, behind only Ronald Reagan who was 69 years, 345 days at the time of his inauguration on Jan. 20,2017. Trump, who would be 70 at the time of inauguration, would be the oldest.”
        https://www.al.com/news/2016/10/how_old_is_hillary_clinton_tod.html

        Bloomberg will be 78 in February 2020. If elected he’ll be almost 79 years at the inauguration.

    4. avatar moreadventuresonotherplanets says:

      Our electoral system is as crooked as a dogs hind leg. Do not rule Bloomberg out. The Presidency is largely bought not won.

      If Bloomy would get the Dem nomination remember at this point even Alfred E. Neuman could beat Trump with no problem.

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        That ain’t happening, full stop.

        He is on record, *repeatedly*, insulting black’s intelligence. And literally calling them criminals. They want *nothing* to do with Bloomie. Without Black support, there is no nomination…

    5. avatar Craig in IA says:

      Exactly what would Bloomberg need to know about guns other than he can’t become the king of the world if his subjects are armed and able to resist. Isn’t that the primary reason all Leftists hate guns in the hands of everyday folk? Not too difficult to figure out. And I don’t consider him a “dumbass” on that point. He’s being smart, if he wants to take us over…

  2. avatar Omer says:

    “Such vouchers were outlawed during the Civil Rights Era due to their discriminatory misuse.“

    Parrish the thought! Our magnanimous overlords would never discriminate, anymore.
    I’m all for going back to the old voting system: landed individuals or those with a meager sized estate. You know, those with “skin in the game” with regards to taxation. Also go back to the state governments appointing senators.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      But are you for felony convicted thieves and drug dealers voting for the candidates that promise to lessen or altogether do away with punishment for stealing or dealing? Bernie is. He wants them to vote while they’re in jail.

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      “Parrish the thought!”

      Typo or deliberate this is pretty damn good use of irony.

  3. avatar FedUp says:

    So Mike is saying it’s unconstitutional to require state issued ID for gun buyers, like so many claim for voters?

  4. avatar Dennis says:

    Doomberg is not stupid about guns and gun laws, ok? He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s part of the cabal who are are desperately trying to disarm Americans. We can speculate about their end game, only they know exactly what the goal is, and what positions they’ll hold if they ever succeed (royalty). Listen to the founders!

    1. avatar WARFAB says:

      There’s a video of him trying to simulate the sounds of a semi-automatic firearm that counters your claim.

      1. avatar Someone says:

        That’s where he lied, confusing semi auto with full auto. You know, just like the other politicians and media. Only he did it “Brrrrrt! Pah, pah pah!” instead of showing a video of full auto fire while talking about semiautomatic rifles.
        These gun grabbers all know, they just don’t want the average voter to know. So they lie their asses off.

    2. avatar Dude says:

      He just thinks he’s smarter then everyone and the general public can’t be trusted with guns or a large soda.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        Like many billionaires, he thinks because he is richer than everyone else he is better and should be in charge. He reminds me of Ozymandis from Watchmen.

  5. avatar JOHN THAYER says:

    If you can’t legally purchase a firearm then you probably shouldn’t be able to legally vote, either.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      If you’ve served your sentence then you should be able to do both.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “If you’ve served your sentence then you should be able to do both.”

        Never did understand the concept (in this country) of permanent criminal status. Must be a “Puritan” thing.

        1. avatar Hannibal and the Elephants says:

          Agreed. If one is safe enough to send back into society then one is safe enough to have one’s rights fully restored. I one is not worthy of having ones rights fully restored, then one is not safe enough to be sent back into society. Have your cake or eat it but you cannot have both.

  6. avatar Jim from LI says:

    The man has historically been clueless and arrogant. Back when he was mayor of NYC he was pushing for an NFL stadium in Manhattan. Obviously there would be no stadium parking available. Now I’m not even a football fan but I know enough to understand that the pre-game tailgating is a major part of the whole experience. Mayor Mikey could not understand the pushback; there would be plenty of Grey Poupon up in the luxury boxes, so what’s the problem?

  7. avatar WI Patriot says:

    He’s not “ignorant” they they exist, they’re just not HIS laws, people like him tend to ignore things that already exist, and then try and implement their own “solutions”…

  8. avatar RGP says:

    Tyrannical dwarves who intend to make their own law do not need to know existing laws.

  9. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    It seems he has forgotten that voting is something you only supposed to once during an election which is why people must be monitored.
    I like the way his ads are calling this pompous billionaire, “Mike” like he’s going to stop by your favorite tavern and have a couple of beers with you after work. As I proffered elsewhere, I’ll bet his wife doesn’t call him Mike. We should call him Mickey and offer caricatures of him with large ears.

  10. avatar Sam I Am says:

    Nowhere in the Constitution is there a requirement that a politician (or candidate for office) actually know about, or understand anything; anything at all. The outcome should not be surprising, or remarkable, at all.

  11. avatar Rickster says:

    Trump 2020 , better the devil you know & all that. Blow hard Bloomberg is just a pos that thinks he knows best where our rights are concerned. I wonder how many guns reside in his safe ?

  12. avatar Ralph says:

    “[B]e careful of small men with big ideas.”

    — Bono

  13. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

    yep…no surprise here…total ignorance from the left
    to think…this guy used to be a Republican…go figure
    or at least a RINO

  14. avatar Ralph Humphrey says:

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard of the 15th Amendment?

    Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

    1. avatar Hannibal and the Elephants says:

      Or the Second Amendment, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
      Or the Ninth Amendment, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
      Or the Tenth Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
      Or the Fourteenth Amendment, “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
      And the list goes on.

  15. avatar B.D. says:

    Sorry guys, you better take it seriously. He is the exact equivalent to Hillary vs. Trump. And one of them won the popularity contest. That said, I honestly believe there will not be a Dem in office for at least another 20 years after all this. Even if they win the popularity vote every election.

    Why? Civil war.

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