Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Vigilantism: ‘It Doesn’t Make Any Sense’


Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has a rep for being very tough on guns, took to the airwaves this morning to criticize stand your ground laws, which have been thrust into the national spotlight since the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

In an interview with “CBS this Morning,” Bloomberg said that this and similar laws — which let you use deadly force against a would-be attacker if you feel threatened — work against community safety.

Bloomberg started the interview with a discussion of the federal deficit.

When the interview turned to the Martin case, he eventually pointed to the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the correlation between gun ownership and firearm fatalities as evidence that vigilantism doesn’t work.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “They don’t have the training. They don’t have the expertise. There is no oversight. That is the police department’s job.”

Bloomberg has touted his approach to guns as a way of reducing violence — especially in minority communities.

But he’s gotten lots of flak — many say that the Mayor’s focus on gun control doesn’t account for other sources of violence or address police accountability.

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