Bloomberg Further Disgraces Himself In Latest Anti-Gun Pitch

Bloomberg Further Disgraces Himself In Latest Anti-Gun Pitch

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Charlotte, NC –-(Ammoland.com)- No one in this country knows better than New Yorkers what “devastation” looks like. On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center buildings and their surrounding area were reduced to rubble, burying nearly 3,000 Americans.

To this day, the images are difficult to comprehend; they show a concentration of man-made destruction unprecedented in the United States and perhaps anywhere on Earth.

New York's current murder rate pales in comparison to that of 2001, of course. But it also pales in comparison to what it was in other years gone by. Due in part to crime-fighting programs adopted under former mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York City's murder rate is only a fifth of what it was 20 years ago.

Presumably, New Yorkers are well aware of the relative safety in which they live today. However, the current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has a skewed perspective even though the September 11 anniversary is front and center in every news outlet today due to other controversies.

With New York City's and the nation's murder rates lower than anytime since the 1960s, Bloomberg sounded the alarm, saying “Illegal guns and their accompanying violence devastate communities across our country.”

Bloomberg revisited his perennial cause célèbre —gun control— because his anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), has issued an Issue Brief urging Congress to “close the gun show loophole”—gun control supporters' Orwellian “doublespeak” for “prohibit private sales of firearms at gun shows and everywhere else.”

Since U.S. crime rates are so low, MAIG invoked Mexico's war with its drug cartels, repeating the soundbite first heard in 2009, when Attorney General Eric Holder tried to use Mexico's problem as the excuse for reinstating the federal “assault weapons” ban. “In fact, 90% of guns recovered and traced from Mexican crime scenes originated from gun dealers in the United States,” MAIG says.

Discovering that geography is more than a subject taught in elementary and middle schools, MAIG adds its revelation that “four in ten of the U.S. guns recovered in Mexico between 2006 and 2009 were originally sold by gun dealers in Texas. The three other states that share a border with Mexico – Arizona, California, and New Mexico – were the source for another one-third of the U.S. guns.”

Of course, the operative words in the “90 percent” soundbite are “and traced.” The GAO has already reported that most guns seized in Mexico, from cartels or anyone else, have not originated in the United States. For example, GAO noted, “In 2008, of the almost 30,000 firearms that the Mexican Attorney General's office said were seized, only around 7,200, or approximately a quarter, were submitted to ATF for tracing.” The others were not submitted for tracing, presumably in many cases because their markings indicated that they were not traceable to the U.S.

For all their effort, Bloomberg and MAIG got scant coverage by the news media. But the debate will likely continue over how many guns are smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico, what percentage of the cartels' guns originate in the U.S., and from which countries the cartels obtain their machine guns, grenades and other weapons that are unavailable in the United States.

One thing is sure, however: Americans have greater access to U.S. guns than does anyone in Mexico, and our murder rates pale in comparison to those of our southern neighbor. For example, the murder rate of Juarez is nearly 100 times higher than that of El Paso, just across the border.

If anything, that's a criticism of Mexican laws, which prohibit honest people from getting guns with which to protect themselves.

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  • 4 thoughts on “Bloomberg Further Disgraces Himself In Latest Anti-Gun Pitch

    1. Bloomberg is a liberal, egotistical cheat and liar ( and a womanizer). He "fixed it" so he could circumvent the NYC law which let him run for mayor again. He almost lost. Maybe next time around New Yorkers will wake up and vote this self-centered liberal out of office. They need to remember his support for the Ground Zero Mosque as well as his ati-gun ideology.

    2. >> the images are difficult to comprehend; they show a concentration of man-made destruction unprecedented in the United States and perhaps anywhere on Earth.

      We Americans are so self-centered and blinkered. And some are so given over to hyperbole that their statements simply bear no relationship to truth.

      Ever seen the photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

      Or Dresden?

      A little closer to home (and admittedly not "man made destruction"), in 1925, a tornado flattened 15,000 (fifteen thousand) homes in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

      In 1871, a fire killed 1200 people, burned a million acres and destroyed 12 towns.

      The Johnstown flood of 1889 killed 2200+ people and demolished 1600 homes.

      The San Francisco Earthquake caused the destruction of 500 (FIVE HUNDRED) city blocks of San Francisco, destroying the homes of more than 200,000 people.

      Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1800 people and submerged 80% of New Orleans.

      The Galveston Hurricane killed over 8,000 people and submerged the entire island.

      So my thoughts are, whether you think only in terms of the US or in broader terms, encompassing the rest of the world, the WTC attack was NOT the biggest disaster of all time, nor do New Yorkers have a monopoly on recognizing "devastation".

      The WTC collapse didn't even amount to the number of auto accidents we had in that month. Yet we don't surrender our rights and submit to strip searches because of car wrecks.

      The destruction was limited to a few buildings. It's tunnel vision and hyperbole like this that's allowed the government to steal even more of our rights. So let's not make more of the matter than it was.

      Bloomberg is a putz. His insistence on disarming the citizens of New York is reprehensible. And the dangers to NYers are overblown and inconsequential compared to other events that happen every day. Like Obama's "Health Care" plan.

    3. Conflicting thoughts. "Common sense" says more guns means more murders, killings, and accidental deaths of children or, more guns means less crime. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence grades states on the amount of gun control the state is willing to apply to its citizens. This year's scorecard rates California at "78", the highest score. California has twenty two laws that interfere with gun ownership or lawful use in addition to the federal laws. Utah, another western state, received a Brady score of ZERO, the lowest in the nation indicating an unwillingness by Utah to restrict citizen ownership of guns. California's violent crime rate is four times higher than Utah's. Repeat: The highest level of state regulation compared to the lowest and the state with the lowest amount of gun regulation has a much, much lower crime rate than state that strongly regulates guns. Signed, E. Zach Lee-Wright

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