Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bloomberg’

Mayor Bloomberg is an Idiot

January 19, 2013

We already knew he was a committed nanny-stater and control freak, but now he has shown that he is an idiot in this piece at The Daily Caller.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed pro-gun advocates while encouraging America’s other mayors to pressure Congress to pass President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals, during a lunch gathering of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday.

“Most people I know don’t even have a gun,” Bloomberg said, claiming America is “the only industrialized country in the world” that has a gun “problem” where there are more guns than people.

What about his security detail? I would imagine they carry guns. Is the mayor not aware of this, or are they just not the sort of people he knows? What about the officers of the NYPD? I am sure many of them have guns.

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Idiot

I think that Mayor Bloomberg needs to get out of the bubble he is living in.

Also, I really don’t think that having more guns than people in America is actually a problem., at least not to the honest and law-abiding among us. If Bloomberg really wants a gun problem in this country than he should disarm every citizen and render us all helpless from the criminals.

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Hex Signs

December 15, 2012

Here are some hex signs used by the Pennsylvania Dutch.

The Pennsylvania Dutch used to put these hex signs on the sides of their barns, supposedly to ward off bad luck or evil spirits. Many folklore experts now believe that they were just used for decoration although the symbols might have some magical meaning. Whatever the case, putting up a sign with a geometric design to keep away evil seems to be a silly superstition.

Here are some more signs that people put up to ward off evil.

These work about as well as the hex signs, which is to say, not at all. The idea seems to be that a criminal or madman intent on mayhem will see such a sign and turn away in frustration because the sign prohibits him from carrying his guns any further. I can’t imagine anyone is simple minded enough to believe this. Either such signs are a triumph of magical thinking over reality or they are meant to ward off a particularly vicious species of goblin known as the lawyer.

I hadn’t intended to write anything about the recent school shooting in Connecticut, but the sight of politicians such as Mayor Bloomberg taking advantage of the atrocity to demand stricter gun control laws prompted me to say something regarding gun control. The simple fact is that most proposed gun control laws are based on the same type of magical thinking as those signs above. The idea seems to be that if we pass strict enough legislation, all the guns will magically disappear, and everyone will live happily and peacefully ever after. That is not going to happen

Put aside all the debates about the Second Amendment and whether citizens have the right to own guns. Put aside the observation that criminals tend not to obey the law and will find ways to obtain guns no matter what the law is. Put aside also the question whether disarming law-abiding citizens and leaving them at the mercy of the criminals will really make anyone safer. The simple fact of the matter is that there are between 200 and 300 million privately owned guns in the United States. These guns are not just going to go away. Criminals will certainly not turn their guns is, and neither will many law-biding citizens. This will have the effect of turning many of these law-abiding citizens into criminals if they continue to possess firearms that are made illegal. Look up Prohibition sometime to see how a policy that turns honest people into criminals works out.

Of course, no one is talking about making possession of guns illegal, at least not yet, but any policy short of mass confiscation is not likely to take the guns out of the hands of the bad guys. Registering guns, stricter laws against felons or the mentally ill possessing guns and the like are good ideas for a start, but they will not prevent the felons, etc from simply stealing or illegally obtaining guns.

So what can we do to prevent another tragedy like the one that occurred yesterday? The truth is, not much. That is not what people want to hear, but it is the truth. No matter what precautions we take, things like this are going to happen. Maybe we could do a better job spotting the crazy people before they commit such acts. Maybe we should rethink the idea of committing mentally ill people who are a danger to themselves or others to hospitals where they can get the treatment they need. Maybe gun owners and dealers should be more responsible about keeping their guns secure. I just don’t know.

 

More Foolishness about the Aurora Shootings

July 24, 2012

 

 

The day before yesterday, I suggested that people, especially politicians not use the shootings in Aurora Colorado to push their political agendas.  But, being politicians, they can’t help themselves. Its what they do. I was mostly concerned with gun control advocates, but people on the other side can say stupid things too. Witness the statements of Congressman Louie Gohmert.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.

During a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation‘s “Istook Live!” show, Gohmert was asked why he believes such senseless acts of violence take place. Gohmert responded by talking about the weakening of Christian values in the country.

Gohmert also said the tragedy could have been lessened if someone else in the movie theater had been carrying a gun and took down the lone shooter. Istook noted that Colorado laws allow people to carry concealed guns.

“It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?” he asked.

I am as much an advocate of second amendment rights as anybody, yet I have to question whether it would have been a good idea to start shooting in a darkened, crowded theater, not knowing precisely what was going on. It seems to me that someone trying to stop the shooter would be more likely to hit a bystander.

On the other hand, have you ever noticed that these sort of events never happen at gun shows, or police stations, or really, anywhere where there are armed people who are prepared to use their weapons? It seems that although Colorado allows concealed carry of firearms, the city of Aurora is more restrictive and the theater chain did not allow guns on the premises. Is it possible that the shooter considered these factors when choosing where to strike?

What rep. Gohmert may not understand is that the purpose of bearing arms is not really to engage in shootouts, but for deterrence. Honest, law-abiding people arm themselves in the hope that they will not have to use them. The idea is that one is less likely to be attacked if the assailant knows his potential victim can fight back with deadly force.

Moving on, Mayor Bloomberg continues his streak of idiocy by suggesting that the police go on a strike for gun control.

One of the few points that President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on is that they’re both determined not to let gun control become an issue in the election, despite Friday’s theater shooting in Colorado. However, their attempts to dodge the issue have only emboldened Mayor Bloomberg, who was rather bold to start with. After warming up on Monday’s Morning Joe, Bloomberg ended the day by suggesting on Piers Morgan Tonight that law enforcement should take a drastic stand on the issue. “I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike,” Bloomberg said. “We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”

Earlier, Bloomberg said, “I think there is a perception among the political world that the NRA has more power than the American people. I don’t believe that.” However, there’s evidence that the NRA isn’t the only impediment to passing stricter gun laws. The New York Timesreports that support for gun control has hit a new low. An October Gallup poll found that gun control laws were less popular among people of all political persuasions, and for the first time a majority (53 percent) opposed banning semiautomatic guns and assault rifles. Representative Peter King told the paper, “The majority of American people are very attached to their guns. They look on any attempt to regulate or control them as an infringement.”

 

First, such a strike would be illegal in most jurisdictions. The police may not endanger public safety by going on strike and allowing criminals to rum rampant, and I cannot believe that many police officers would be so unprofessional as to agree with such a course of action.

Second, Mayor Bloomberg really suggests that the police blackmail the public into supporting policies it does not want. The tide of public opinion on this issue has shifted dramatically against gun control in the last two decades, which might be why Bloomberg is so eager to suggest extra-legal methods to achieve the policies he wants. Ultimately the precedent set by such a police strike might end in a situation in which the police have first say in every piece of legislation, hardly a democratic method.

Finally, and here is the important point, note carefully Mayor Bloomberg’s idea of the relationship between the police, the government, and the people. To him, it seems that the problem is that too many people are armed, and likely to attack the police. He makes no distinction between criminals and law-abiding citizens. All are equally under suspicion and no one should be trusted to defend themselves. When you consider also his incessant nanny-statism, it is clear that Mayor Bloomberg’s America is an America composed of lowly serfs who are incapable of caring for themselves and who must be grateful that their betters take an interest in saving them from themselves. There is the real evil.

 

 

A Modest Proposal Concerning the Tragedy at Aurora

July 22, 2012
English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Shut up!

I have been busy at work these past two days and have not had the time or energy to post anything about the horrible events at the theater in Aurora Colorado. I don’t have anything to add to the many news reports and commentaries, except to urge that people resist the temptation to blame anybody other than James Holmes, or to use this atrocity to push their political agendas. In particular, I wish that the gun control advocates would not exploit the shooting to call for stricter gun control laws which would not have stopped that madman.

I see that it is too much to ask. New York Mayor Bloomberg is leading the chorus in calling for gun control.

Some may argue for steering clear of political agendas in the wake of the shooting massacre at a Colorado movie theater—but for Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the issue is crystal clear: We need more gun control.

The New York City mayor called early Friday for both presidential candidates to go beyond offering condolences and say where they stand on the issue.

“Soothing words are nice,” said Bloomberg, “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country.”

I wish that for once in his life, this demented control freak would just mind his own business.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is joining in the act.

In comments posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, Calderon offered his condolences to the United States after a gunman went on the rampage with an assault rifle at a midnight premier of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado.

But Mexico’s president, who has repeatedly called on Washington to tighten gun controls to stop weapons flowing from the United States into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, said U.S. weapons policy needed a rethink after the killings.

“Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It’s doing damage to us all,” Calderon said.

The presidency of Calderon, who leaves office at the end of November, has been overshadowed by his efforts to crack down on the drug gangs. Fighting among the cartels and their clashes with the state have killed more than 55,000 people since 2007.

Mexico has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, yet somehow this has not prevented drug cartels from turning sections of that country into war zones. If President Calderon is really interested in stopping the flow of arms to Mexico, perhaps he should ask President Obama about Operation Fast and Furious.

Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente de México.

You too

 

NYPD Clears OWS

November 15, 2011

And it’s about time too. Here is the story in the New York Post.

The NYPD arrested 200 protesters as they moved in on Zuccotti Park early this morning and cleared out the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had taken over the space for nearly two months.

Mayor Bloomberg, who called the decision to boot the protesters “mine and mine alone,” said protesters would be allowed back into the Lower Manhattan park but not with their tents and sleeping bags.

I don’t have any problem with protests. I supported the Tea Party protests. But, there is a problem when people start camping out in parks for weeks on end and annoy the people who live in the area. There is a real problem when the camps become havens for criminal activity and a public health hazard.

I don’t think that Mayor Bloomberg comes off at all well in his dealings with these people. The first duty of any public official is to maintain order and the rule of law. By failing to properly handle the protesters when they started to become unruly, he and too many other sympathetic mayors effectively abdicated their duty, and, they allowed the problem to become that much harder to deal with.

By the way, I think the OWS protesters should be forced to clean up their mess. At the very least, they should pay the costs.


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