In a recent interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was given center stage to express his views on guns and gun control.
During the interview Bloomberg dismissed the idea that he was against the 2nd amendment saying, “We don’t want to end the Second Amendment. This has nothing to do about gun control”
When asked if the Isla Vista killing rampage gives any momentum to calls for new gun control laws and restrictions Bloomberg responded with, “Well, you certainly hope so.” With no acknowledgement to the fact that 3 people were also stabbed to death in the Isla Vista killings, it’s obvious that these calls for more gun restrictions only seek to take advantage of shooting victims while ignoring those who die by other means.
Bloomberg also addresses guns on college campuses but again ignores reality. He mentions shootings that have taken place on college campuses and ridicules the idea of gun legislation for armed citizens on these campuses. But he again never mentions the fact that the shootings that have taken place on campuses were in “gun free zones” where guns are already not allowed.
One of Bloomberg’s solutions to gun violence in America is the confiscation of firearms if an individual has a temporary restraining order, which we have discussed in a previous post here. The only problem is that this solution has a tremendous amount of potential for abuse from anyone who just doesn’t want someone else to own a gun. And without due process it’s just another slippery slope to our freedoms being stripped away while making no one safer.
Although Bloomberg flat out denied he is taking on the NRA and that he does not want to end the 2nd amendment and that none of this is really about gun control, his record tells a different story. So what are you going to believe? What he has done or what he has said?
Remember he pledged $50 million of his own money to push gun control initiatives back in April. This is almost 3 times the amount spent by the NRA on political campaigns. And you probably won’t see the NRA on “Meet the Press” any time soon for some free airtime.
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