As anti-gun billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg bows out after three terms, he is patting himself on the back – as he reportedly did today – for various accomplishments including lowering the Big Apple murder rate to winning several gun control victories.
In the process, he is carefully not talking about his costly defeat in Colorado, where he spent a small fortune unsuccessfully to thwart the recall of two anti-gun state senators. Instead, he talked about passage of the gun control laws that led to the recall, along with other restrictive measures in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware.
Anti-gunners are really proud of New York’s SAFE Act, a Draconian piece of gun control law that even some sheriffs are refusing to enforce. Harsh gun laws may be one reason why, as reported yesterday by the New York Times, the Empire State loses about 50,000 residents a year to Florida, which has much friendlier gun laws. Others move to Texas, where gun laws are also more sensible. In those states, one does not become an instant criminal for wanting to own and carry a firearm for personal safety. Neither is there months of bureaucratic red tape.
It’s the same story in Colorado, where most sheriffs are refusing to enforce that state’s new anti-gun statutes. There, at least, citizens have pushed back, costing three anti-gun lawmakers their jobs, through recall and resignation.
Bloomberg’s Friday remarks were at the graduation ceremony for New York Police Department cadets. During that presentation, he claimed to have prevented 9,200 homicides during his 12-year tenure.
The other day in an op-ed that appeared in Politico, Bloomberg and his co-author, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, they were crowing that, “Colorado’s new gun law mandates that private gun sellers conduct the same background checks that already take place at federally licensed dealers, and the early results are encouraging: More than 70 criminals have been blocked from buying a gun.”
Translation: More than 70 suspected criminals probably got guns through some illicit channel. To believe that these people, if they were really criminals, simply gave up trying to get a gun is at best delusional.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns joined up with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a move the Second Amendment Foundation said would provide some cover for MAIG, which has had its share of bad seeds. Other moms are taking a far different approach, arming up to defend themselves and their families.
“The Mayors’ group has had at least 16 members who were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, assorted crimes that include embezzlement, perjury, bribery, extortion, fraud, money laundering, attempted child molestation and child pornography,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb in a press release. “Another eight are facing various criminal charges including DUI, assaulting a police officer, accepting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering and furnishing a minor with alcohol.”
What will Bloomberg do now? There are indications he will devote some of his millions to push his brand of gun control in several states including Washington and Oregon.
Bloomberg is not the only anti-gun mayor leaving office shortly. Seattle’s Mike McGinn, who has not been heaping accolades on himself, is also out of a job come Tuesday.
McGinn is a New York native. As a supporter of New York style gun laws, perhaps he should move to where they are already in effect, thus leaving Washington and Oregon much friendlier for those who come from here.
McGinn and Bloomberg would probably be horrified if they got stuck somehow in Oregon’s Josephine County. According to Fox News yesterday, because the Sheriff’s Department has been gutted by budget woes, armed citizens are doing their own community policing. Time will tell whether this is a good idea and effective in reducing crime, but for people used to making their own decisions – such as whether to down a 32-ounce soda on a hot day – rather than having a billionaire mayor do it for them, this may work out.
Next year could be pivotal for Second Amendment activists. Legislatures begin meeting in January. Political campaigns kick off in the spring. Gun owners can play a critical role in 2014 politics, especially in the Northwest.
As for Bloomberg and McGinn, it may be too early to bid them a sarcastic “Buh-Bye.” Bloomberg may believe that since he is no longer running a municipal government, he can buy governing rights elsewhere. It will be up to the people to see that he doesn’t.