…after the statements he gave to the Aspen Institute on Friday.
Amid a recitation of his nanny-state greatest hits, Bloomberg was asked about how to get people out of poverty, and he couldn’t help himself…
Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, he said.
“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg said. “They just don’t have any long-term focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun. It’s a joke to pull a trigger.”
At one point, the former mayor brought up New York City’s stop-and-frisk practices, which gained national attention in 2011. Bloomberg said that during his last year in office, a minister at a Baptist church in Harlem invited him to speak.
“While I’m sitting there waiting for him to introduce me, he said to his congregation, ‘You know, if every one of you stopped and frisked your kid before they went out at night, the mayor wouldn’t have to do it,’” Bloomberg said. “And so I knew I was going to be okay with that audience.”
There’s a cat out of a bag, no?
Sure, as a matter of policy you probably don’t want guns in the hands of teenagers in the hood who we know aren’t likely to practice responsible gun ownership.
But policy concerns don’t override constitutional concerns. The constitutional limits on government are more important than minor effects on the crime rate. So are the constitutional rights of the people – and that includes black teenagers and young adults.
To single them out for denial of 2nd Amendment rights is pure racism.
Frankly, if you live in a violent neighborhood you probably need a gun – particularly if you’re a law-abiding citizen in danger of being preyed upon by criminals.
And after three terms as mayor of New York you’d think Mike Bloomberg would know that you can’t perfect the human experience through the passage of city ordinances and government programs. Criminals who want guns will have guns. Why? Because they don’t care whether the law says they can’t have them.
The answer to getting the color-blind society which allows for maximum freedom of upward mobility across class and racial lines is not to pass a new set of Black Codes like those Bloomberg suggests. It’s a full-on effort at changing the culture in communities vulnerable to criminality, promoting strong parenting and the values of the civil society.
What’s interesting is that effort to change the culture in those communities, which most people would associate with a population which is majority black, is seen as racist – but an effort at imposing gun control and use government coercion to deny or infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of people based on their color, is seen as “helping” them.
We’ll see whether Al Sharpton and the gang jump Bloomberg’s case.