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Bloomberg Grandstands on Gun Issue

Posted by Mike on December 7, 2006

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed suit today against gun dealers from five states, none of them New York. His rationale is to prevent the sale of guns used during the commission of crimes in New York City.  It is now clear that Bloomberg’s arrogance knows no bounds.

Common sense tells us that gun control is unwise. A criminal who has made the decision to murder another human being also makes a decision to violate the statute against murder. If a person has no qualms about violating the statute against murder, what makes people think that the same person would make the decision to obey a statute that says he can’t own a gun? In the process, people who respect law become prey.

Preventing New Yorkers from owning guns is bad enough, not mention unconstitutional. However, Bloomberg’s attempt to use the courts to impose his own asinine policy upon regular Americans in other states is an arrogant power grab and a perfect example of why most regular Americans can’t stand New Yorkers (For the record, I love New Yorkers). Part of the investigation leading up to this lawsuit involved New York City police conducting undercover investigations in other states, an obvious violation of each of the other states’ sovereignty.

The lawsuits aer also a waste of money and other resources.  The sales in question did not involve a gun used in the commission of the crime so there are no damages.  Moreover, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects gun sellers from such suits.

If New Yorkers are cool with Bloomberg wasting their money and depriving them of their rights, well, too bad.  (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”). The Second Amendment notwithstanding, Bloomberg’s grandstanding should be confined to Broadway.

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