News & Politics

Mike Bloomberg Hates Guns. What Else Is New?

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As you’ve probably heard, four New York City police officers were shot over the weekend during a shootout with a man in Brooklyn. As you’ve also probably heard, Mayor Mike Bloomberg hates guns — and he’s using the shootout as the latest anecdote to illustrate his point that gun laws need to be tougher.

Keep in mind, this is the same mayor who told the Voice last month that having an illegal gun in New York isn’t as bad if you’re from out of state — after publicly encouraging authorities to throw the book at former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress for having an unregistered gun, of course. More on that here.

Bloomberg’s latest cry for tougher gun laws comes in the form of an editorial he wrote for the New York Daily News
yesterday, in which he claims that more than 82-percent of gun owners
support tougher gun laws. Curious where the mayor got those numbers, we
had his office provided us with a poll taken in 2009 that shows
82-percent of National Rifle Association members support “sensible new
measures to combat illegal guns” (vague, we know). 

He claims
that despite the overwhelming public support for tougher gun
regulations, the federal government is “cowering” to the gun lobby,
which apparently is why four cops were shot yesterday morning, and eight
have been shot in the past four months. 

“Every one of the criminals who has shot at our police officers possessed
his gun illegally. Every one. And make no mistake: It will happen again
— and again — until those in Washington stop cowering before the gun
lobby,” the mayor writes.

Bloomberg is calling for “common-sense”
fixes to the background check system for people who buy guns. He says
“federal law says that criminals cannot buy or possess guns — but they
do, every day. And Washington just stands by as thousands of innocent
Americans — and police officers — meet their death.”

Read the mayor’s entire editorial here.