A report was released earlier this week by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives showing that of the 8,793 guns seized in New York in 2011, only 1,595 were actually purchased here.
Numbers like that fuel Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s incessant call for other states to implement tougher regulations on firearms. Given the mayor’s constant call for other states to lock up their guns, you’d think he’d probably be opposed to the city of New York selling 28,000 pounds of used shell casings to an ammunition business in Georgia, which will refill the casings and resell them as bullets — bullets that could potentially find their way back to New York and end up in a cop, child, or other innocent citizen.
You’d be wrong, though; in Bloomberg’s latest bout with blatant hypocrisy, the city actually sold 28,000 pounds of used shell casings to Georgia Arms, an Atlanta-based weapons distributor, which will resell the live rounds in bags of 50 for the bargain price of $15 a bag — and the mayor’s office stands by the city’s decision to sell the casings.
The New York Times got the dirt on the city’s deal with Georgia Arms — according to the paper, the city usually sells used casings taken from NYPD shooting ranges to scrap metal companies. However, in June — just prior to Bloomberg using the mass-shooting in Colorado as an excuse to sound off about how the nation needs stricter gun laws — the city sold its 28,000 pounds to Georgia Arms.
From the Times:
John Feinblatt, the mayor’s chief policy adviser and the lead architect of
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said Mr. Bloomberg stood behind the sale
and would allow similar sales in the future.
“He believes, as do all members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, that
our purpose is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, not keep guns
or ammunition away from law-abiding citizens,” Mr. Feinblatt said.
“There’s a big distinction between legal dealers and illegal dealers and
criminals and law-abiding citizens.
“We’re about crime control. We’re not about gun control.”
This is the second time in less than a week that Bloomberg’s gun hypocrisy has reared its ugly head — last week, it was revealed that the mayor will host a fundraiser for National Rifle Association-backed Massachusetts Senate candidate Scott Brown, who earned an “A” rating from the group. The fundraiser is scheduled for August 15.
We sent Bloomberg’s PR flack Stu Loeser an email asking if he would please explain “how the city selling ammunition to an ammunition store isn’t completely hypocritical given the mayor’s stance on gun control?”
Loeser, who has refused to add us to the mayor’s public relations email list, hasn’t gotten back to us.
So, we can take the following from Bloomberg’s selective gun bullying: guns are bad — unless you’re Scott Brown or Georgia.