Mike Bloomberg: Cops Should Go On Strike Until Gun Laws Are Changed (Sigh)
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's got a brand new plan in his crusade to rid the world of guns: cops should go on strike.
Don't worry -- it makes complete sense (according to Bloomberg, anyway, who also thinks donating food to homeless shelters is a bad idea because he can't monitor the amount of sodium in it, and that serving soda in containers less than 16 ounces (but only at restaurants) will magically curb obesity).
The mayor spoke with CNN's Piers Morgan last night -- as he makes the talk show rounds to use to Colorado shooting to push his anti-gun agenda -- where he outlined his new plan.
"I don't understand why police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say we're going to go on strike, we're not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe,'' Bloomberg says.
He went on to say that "Police officers want to go home to their families. And we're doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor piercing bullets.''
In other words, the mayor of a city that has one of the largest police forces in the world is urging cops to not show up for work to protest laws that he disagrees with. Meanwhile, there's been a spike in crime in just about every NYPD precinct in the city.
It's supposed to be 92 degrees outside in New York today -- maybe we'll protest the sun by urging air conditioner repairmen to take the day off.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.