Labor Day weekend in New York City saw 46 people get shot, one of them fatally, and now the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says the casualty count amounts to “a pitiful demonstration of the abject failure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun policies.”
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb issued a statement early Tuesday morning that rakes Bloomberg, and New York gun laws, over the proverbial coals. He did not mince words:
“Mayor Bloomberg has advocated New York-style gun control for everyone, everywhere. After this weekend, Bloomberg is going to have a hard time pandering his gun control agenda.”
One of the shooting incidents occurred near where Bloomberg was marching in a Brooklyn parade. It is not clear why the suspect, who was apprehended, started shooting.
While Bloomberg, who co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will undoubtedly use the bloody weekend as a launch vehicle for a new round of gun control rhetoric, it may be a good time to ask the mayor why he thinks new gun restrictions will stop shootings, when existing laws against homicide, assault with firearms and illegally packing guns in the Big Apple did not prevent a single incident. Gottlieb seems to have that one already figured out, however:
“New York’s mayor is the Pied Piper of Prohibition. Nearly four dozen shootings over a three-day weekend is proof positive that Bloomberg’s tune is seriously off-key. It is time for Mayor Bloomberg and other gun control extremists to admit that their strategies have failed. He has been running around the country blaming gun laws in other states for his city’s crime problems, but it is the laws of his own jurisdiction that have failed miserably, and he knows it.”
Gottlieb is no fan of Bloomberg’s. As a proponent of laws that put bad guys behind bars while leaving good guys alone – such as Three Strikes and You’re Out and Hard Time for Armed Crime – Gottlieb roundly criticized Bloomberg’s grandstanding “sting” operations that ultimately got the mayor in trouble with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Bloomberg’s brand of gun control would go over like the proverbial lead balloon in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn would dearly love to erode the Evergreen State’s 27-year-old preemption statute so he could establish his own gun laws in the Jet City, but he already failed once at that with the attempted parks gun ban, now before the State Court of Appeals.
Gottlieb predicted that Bloomberg will adopt “the Obama protocol” of blaming someone else or some other state’s gun laws for the violent crime in his own city. Bloomberg came through:
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has “lashed out at lawmakers in Washington for not doing enough to get illegal guns off the nation’s streets.”
“It is a matter of life and death,” Bloomberg said while standing outside a Brooklyn hospital about 1:30 a.m. as the two police officers were being treated. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries but three other people died in the incident. They included the shooter, who was shot by police; the shooter’s target; and a 56-year-old woman hit by a stray bullet as she sat with her daughter on her apartment building’s stoop, police said.–Los Angeles Times
“The sad truth is that New York gun control laws have failed consistently,” he said.
But the veteran gun rights advocate did not stop there. He clearly called Bloomberg’s anti-gun philosophy out of step with the rest of the nation.
“Michael Bloomberg’s blood-spattered anti-gun agenda is not simply wrong for New York it is wrong for the country…Maybe it’s time for members of Bloomberg’s ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ to wonder just where his philosophy might take their cities, if they continue listening to his siren’s song of restrictive gun control.”
Well, if the shoe fits…
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