The latest evidence that Little Lord Farquaad New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s brain is melting into a puddle of hot goo came courtesy of a Monday night appearance on Piers Morgan’s CNN “show.” This time, the pint-sized billionaire with a taste for cradle-to-the-grave control over the proletariat suggested that “police officers across this country…stand up collectively and say ‘we’re going to go on strike'” until the people, in exchange for order, safety, and security, willingly give up their right to bear arms.
Bloomberg – who, of course, has a 24/7 armed protective detail – wasted no time after the Aurora, Colorado shooting in calling for President Obama and Governor Romney to impose new gun control laws, and the following Sunday he declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that, “The bottom line is if we had fewer guns, we would have a lot fewer murders.” Now, he’s going several steps farther, and actually calling for anarchy in the streets until (ostensibly) Congress acts to eradicate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and eliminates the ability of the citizenry to defend itself against aggressors.
The effort to criminalize gun ownership has long rested on the idea that firearms in the hands of the citizenry are a danger, and that legally restricting their access to law enforcement officers would create some sort of nonviolent utopia in which nobody is shot. Of course, as Erick pointed out earlier today, that’s simply not true:
The cities and states with the toughest gun laws typically have the worst gun violence. In Chicago and Washington, DC, two cities with the toughest gun laws and restrictions in America, people have routinely been gunned down. The only people with firearms were the ones unwilling to obey the law.
What’s more, restricting the second of the Bill of Rights, does nothing but deter the law abiding. Restrict access to cartridges with lots of bullets and the law abiding citizen is deterred. The criminal is just challenged.
Gun control does not stop random acts of madmen. Gun control does, however, increase the body count in Chicago, Washington, and other places where the armed citizenry, disarmed by government, is confronted with evil unwilling to yield to the laws.
When anything is outlawed, guns included, only outlaws will continue to obtain and use it. While law-abiding citizens will be deterred from obtaining firearms by anti-gun laws, criminals will not – a fact which makes “gun control” laws a de facto campaign to prevent people from being able to defend themselves.
As Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, rightly pointed out, “Most of our mass murders have occurred precisely where the criminal knew that he would find unarmed victims, and by and large he has been right.”
Disarming the citizenry would just create more sitting ducks, like too many poor victims in Chicago and Washington, DC have become.
However, Bloomberg’s call for anarchy goes far beyond that. He’s actually so convinced of the need to strip the proletariat of their right to self-defense that he’s actively calling for deaths and chaos as a means to that end.
We already knew Mike Bloomberg was a crazy little wannabe-tyrant. Now, he’s getting scary. Fortunately, such a move won’t happen – and if it did, it would only result in a more heavily armed populace than ever.