Michael Bloomberg Has a Lot of Problems With the Constitution and Civil Rights

Michael Bloomberg

Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

By Larry Keane

Michael Bloomberg’s disdain for gun owners is well documented, but that didn’t stop him from reminding voters how he loathes the idea of Americans exercising freedom.

Bloomberg, the billionaire presidential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, denounced the notion that free men and women would choose to provide for their own protection.

He sat for an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton to burnish his appeal to African American voters. During that interview, he revealed his ignorance of the Constitution, existing criminal law and his frustration with freedom-loving Americans who dare to challenge the gun control godfather.

Bloomberg said, “The whole issue of getting guns off the streets, I’ve fought the NRA tooth and nail, and I continue to do that, and we have this organization of 6 million people, Everytown it’s called or Mom’s Demand Action around the country to get good laws, background checks, so you don’t sell guns to minors, people with psychiatric problems or people with criminal records. They shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. I’m not a big fan of everybody having guns. But the Second Amendment gives you the right. I can’t do anything about that.”

The obvious implication is that he would if he could.

A History Lesson

Here’s the first problem. The former New York City mayor knows, but won’t admit, the Second Amendment doesn’t give anyone the right to keep and bear arms. It protects it.

That right is Creator-endowed and pre-existing, just as is the right to free speech,the exercise of religion and the protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Sir William Blackstone noted this in his seminal work, Commentaries of the Laws of England, published in 1760, the source of common law and Framer’s Constitutional foundation.

“[T]he principal aim of society is to protect individuals in the enjoyment of those absolute rights, which were vested in them by the immutable laws of nature, but which could not be preserved in peace without that mutual assistance and intercourse which is gained by the institution of friendly and social communities,” Blackstone wrote. “Hence it follows, that the first and primary end of human laws is to maintain and regulate these absolute rights of individuals.”

Blackstone’s writings have often been scoured by U.S. Supreme Court justices. The late Justice Antonin Scalia understood this when he studied them to reach the landmark 2008 Heller decision, which affirmed the Second Amendment protects an individual right that pre-existed the Constitution’s drafting. It does not create the right.

Justice Scalia wrote,

“Blackstone, whose works, we have said, ‘constituted the preeminent authority on English law for the founding generation,’ cited the arms provision of the Bill of Rights as one of the fundamental rights of Englishmen.”

He added,

“It was, he said, ‘the natural right of resistance and self-preservation,’ and ‘the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence.’ Other contemporary authorities concurred. Thus, the right secured in 1689 as a result of the Stuarts’ abuses was by the time of the founding understood to be an individual right protecting against both public and private violence.” 

Laws Already Exist

Bloomberg’s second glaring omission is the obvious fact that the laws he is calling for — to have thorough background checks, no selling guns to minors and no guns for those with dangerous psychiatric problems or criminal records — already exist. Radio host and book author Dana Loesch recently called out his duplicity on Fox and Friends.

“Literally, everything he said there is already existing law,” Loesch explained.

“Him and his organizations always say, ‘You know, we really need to close, you know, these loopholes in background checks. There’s no such thing as a loophole. If you drive on a suspended license, if you get a DUI and you’re still driving, that’s not a loophole. That’s a criminal act when people break the law, that’s not a loophole.”

Bloomberg’s real problem is that Americans choose to own guns in the first place. This wasn’t the first time he’s said flat-out that Americans shouldn’t own guns. He publicly said only law enforcement should have the right to self-defense after Jack Wilson drew his firearm and stopped a murderer from killing more in the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas.

“It’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot,” Bloomberg explained at a campaign stop in Montgomery, Ala. “You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.”

These aren’t the thoughts or words for someone who would swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Bloomberg’s disdain for the Constitution and the rights of free individuals disqualifies him from taking up the oath of office.

 

Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

comments

  1. avatar Not Larry from Texas says:

    Miss you Larry from Texas

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Huh?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Dude, get your ears checked. I heard him fine and I’m all the way out in CA. 🙂

        1. avatar FormerParatrooper says:

          My third trip to Ca this year. First two in Palo Alto and now Lodi. What a difference in people in just a few miles.

  2. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    I agree with previous comments posted over recent days: There’s only minimal chance of Bloomberg attaining the Presidency, but the threat he poses by spending tens of millions of dollars toward anti-Constitutional gun control is a more realistic danger and cannot be ignored. People may choose to refuse his candidacy for office, but many will take his money if offered.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      I think his only path is if everyone else runs out of money and drops out. There too many people sharing the non-Bernie votes. It looks like Bernie has enough support to make it until the end. Bloomberg is in it until the end no matter what. They’re both terrible in very different ways. They’re both wannabe authoritarians in different ways. Bernie wants the government to take over major industries. Bloomberg just wants to limit your freedom.

      1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

        Did the DNC change the superdelegate setup from 2016? If not the primary voter polls are still merely suggestions.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      bloomberg is going to turn the dems into at least two smaller parties. Neither of which will have a chance of beating Trump. I hope the little dick motherphucker keeps going and spending.

    3. avatar doesky2 says:

      ….threat he poses by spending tens of millions of dollars…

      He’s spending HUNDREDS of millions of dollars.
      A half-BILLLION so far.
      If he is the nominee I’d wager that he’s willing to spend 5B$.
      That’s only about 5% of his pile.
      Wouldn’t you spend 5% of your wealth to be president?

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        I started to type “hundreds”, but changed it to “tens” because I didn’t have links to supporting data for the hundreds. But I believe it is, indeed, going to end up in the hundreds.

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          Will be fun seeing where his campaign contributions over the last 3 and this year end up.

    4. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I REALLY want Bloomers to win the nomination, it would keep me smiling for the rest of my life to watch the battle between two old, white, male, New York City billionaires, one a Republican who used to be a Democrat and the other a Democrat who used to be a Republican.

    5. avatar Huntmaster says:

      His biggest problem right now is that phony left wing Fauxcahontas who’s been ripping his tits off in the debates he spent hundreds of millions of dollars on.

    6. avatar John Bryan says:

      We’re all missing the real point of Lil Mikey’s campaign – split the delegates to the point that an “open” vote (second round) is mandated at the Democrat convention so they can pick Hillary! and/or Mee-shell My Bell O. for the ticket (maybe even both)…ugh, just typing that had me throwing up in my mouth a bit…

      1. avatar jwm says:

        If the dems reject bernie this time they are burning their own house down.

        God I hope they’re that stupid. It will take at least 1 and maybe 2 generations to repair the damage.

        1. avatar Southern Cross says:

          Depends on how many fires Bernie’s Bros light.

        2. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          May be their best option as Bernie may cost them more in taxes and lost contributions.

    7. avatar Don from CT says:

      Not tens of millions of dollars.
      Not hundreds of millions of dollars.

      But BILLIONS of dollars.

      He has already spent $550,000,000. What do you think he will spend if he wins the nomination. BILLIONS.

  3. avatar Darkman says:

    As an interesting side note. Still Winning Winning Winning
    Court hands Trump win in sanctuary city fight, says administration can deny grant money | Fox News
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/court-hands-trump-win-in-sanctuary-city-grant

    1. avatar Dude says:

      Finally. Now inflict maximum pain until these rogue areas get in line with federal law. Didn’t Obama threaten school funding if they didn’t adopt his policies? It’s funny how hypocritical the reporting is.

  4. avatar Bohucka says:

    He spouts this nonsense as his well-armed security guards lurk in the background.

    Good for me but not for thee…

    1. avatar RGP says:

      That has always been disturbing. Apparently they’re the same guys who guarded him when he was mayor of NYC. I’ve seen a few mayors in various cities worldwide, but never one who goes around with a large security detail like he did. Hell there are 3rd world dictators who don’t have that many guys guarding them.

      The fact that when just a mayor he somehow required all this protection is proof that he was and will be up to no good for humanity.

  5. avatar Shire-man says:

    Government is for the lowest common denominator. They’re all guilty of it. Some more than others.
    Most of those in the LCD camp would be perfectly happy to live out their lives with no liberties, no rights, no worries whatsoever as long as they can get high/drunk and have a screen to sit in front of while they wait to die.
    What I resent and why I hate government is that I, by virtue of not being wealthy, get lumped in with that LCD.
    I want my liberties, my rights and even my worries. I do not want to sit in intoxicated in front of a screen waiting to die.
    So what’s left for me other than watching as the shouting mob of LCD retards takes away my liberties and my rights?
    Fingers crossed Wuhan or something takes out 6 billion or more.

  6. avatar bob says:

    Dumpster fire.

  7. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    There is a fairly simple explanation for all of this. The problem is that many people are not interested in the explanation and/or in righteous living.

    Context:
    (1) Human life is inherently sacred. So is human dignity.
    (2) Simple, traditional Common Law and our U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights reflect, demonstrate, and express the sanctity of human life and human dignity.
    (3) Many people reject the sanctity of human life and human dignity and seek to use, abuse, exploit, harm, rape, and murder the populace.
    (4) Government’s almost sole purpose is to uphold the sanctity of human life and human dignity.

    Reality:
    Of course countless individuals, groups, and governments reject the sanctity of human life and human dignity and go about screwing us over. Michael Bloomberg is no exception. As is the case with such people, they do not care what anyone has to say about it. They do not care about righteous living. They simply want what they want and will attempt to take it, righteous or nefariously. The only thing they respect is brute force.

  8. avatar Truckman says:

    Bloomberg needs to move to a country that wants him because we don’t

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      He could just buy Venezuela.

  9. avatar Hannibal says:

    Natural rights are meaningless unless your creator is going to come down and veto a law or break you out of prison. The only natural right is that the strong do what they will and the weak do what they must. If you think your natural right will somehow nullify a SWAT team… good luck. You better be stronger than them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the right to bear arms, but it’s not magical. It’s one law in a nation of laws. As long as that is the case, talking about how ACKTUALLY the bill of rights does not establish rights is just hot air.

    1. avatar Huntmaster says:

      Are you putting us on???

      1. avatar Rusty - Molon Labe - Chains says:

        He has been worshiping the beer god a bit much lately, I suspect.

    2. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      “The only natural right is that the strong do what they will and the weak do what they must.”

      While this is not what constitutes a natural right and is therefore incorrect in that context, I agree that it is the reality of the world around us. This is exactly why we must oppose tyrants by exerting our natural right to life and the defense thereof.

    3. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Natural rights come from men.

      The constitution affirms there are rights endowed by the creator.

      In-alienable vs un- alienable. These rights can be improperly alienated (by men) which dictates force to maintain God-given rights.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        “Natural” means from the Creator. “Artificial” is man-made. This is 1st Grade stuff.

        “…to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…

    4. avatar ChoseDeath says:

      Gentlemen, if I may interject. I would take his point to mean that you can argue all day, you can philosophize, you can grand stand, pontificate, and expound endlessly and ceaselessly about the nature and origin of rights and government and everything else. But that only applies so long as everyone plays by the rules. Because I definitely win the argument if I crush your trachea. All the pretty words and eloquent speeches don’t amount to Jack Shit unless, allllllllllllllll the way down the line, they are based on force.

      A bit reductionist, but 100% a-fucking- right.

  10. avatar RedFlagRising says:

    A single round of .54 cal lead ball was enough for Daniel Boone, its enough for you.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      What you suggest is the same idea as the Liberator pistol.

      A single round ball to get a battle rifle…..got it.

  11. avatar what me worry? says:

    Ah yes, Mike ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ Bloomberg. You have to wonder about someone speaking from the protection of a gated community from a hardened house, with a platoon of armed security to protect him and ride herd on folks that question him too hard about what he says v. what he does.

  12. avatar NH Guy says:

    Bloomberg thinks all of us are his employees. He’s an arrogant ass who should never be given access to the powers inherent in public office.

    1. avatar UpInArms says:

      ” Bloomberg thinks all of us are his employees ”

      Change employees to vassals and you’ve got it right.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    “he loathes the idea of Americans”

    FIFY.

  14. avatar Better Dead Than Red says:

    Little Caesar needs a stroke ASAP.

  15. avatar TonyN says:

    He supports mandatory vaccination….for the alleged greater good, like gun control. If you support these types of arguments, you have no choice but to accept gun control.

    1. avatar ChoseDeath says:

      I totally agree with you. Anybody that doesn’t get their children vaccinated is a fucking moron. But I’ll be damned if I will support it being REQUIRED.

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