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Bloomberg Doesn’t Understand Cops or Second Amendment

After NYPD gun-running scandal, will he continue promoting “only cops need guns”?

by
Howard Nemerov

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October 26, 2011 - 10:33 am

(Hat tip to Dan Gifford.)

As leader of  Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), New York Mayor Bloomberg believes all civilian firearms are illegal, and that only police should have guns, which is why he must deny the following scandal impacts NYPD.

The New York Post reported:

Eight current and former [New York] city cops were part of a $1 million ring that smuggled guns, cigarettes and slot machines into New York from out of state, the feds charged today.

The complaint contained three federal gun law violations, plus illegal transportation of firearms and  “purportedly stolen cigarettes.”

Mayor Bloomberg claimed:

“The NYPD is the finest police department in the world, and these arrests do nothing to diminish the selfless commitment of the 35,000 men and women who put on a uniform every day, and who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.” [emphasis added]

Wrong, Bloomie.

In fairness, he’s disconnected from patrol officers and civilian self-defense because he enjoys 24/7 police protection, including guards at his $30 million townhouse.

Law enforcement professionals understand their diminishment by these rogues.

The FBI’s New York Assistant Director Janice Fedarcyk said: “These crimes, as alleged in the complaint, do nothing but undermine public trust and confidence in law enforcement.”

One veteran big-city officer said:

“This is a betrayal of the highest order of an Officer’s oath. It is a difficult enough task to keep the public’s trust and confidence in today’s society. I cannot even imagine what pain this must cause the families of those who lost their loved ones in the line of duty at the hands of illegal weapons. Every time we take a step forward, a select few help us to take two steps back.”

Second Amendment author and law enforcement trainer Massad Ayoob, while taking issue with Bloomberg’s anti-rights attitude, agrees in part:

“The fact that some bad people do bad things with guns, it’s no reason to penalize the vast majority of good, responsible gun owners, nor demonize them.

Because some bad cops do bad things which may or may not involve guns, is no reason to penalize the vast majority of the estimated 35,000 good, responsible cops in New York City, nor demonize them.”

However, Ayoob also agrees that the good guys feel ashamed when rogues on their force do stuff like this, and feel like they have to put out extra effort to win back the trust lost when the public reads stories of officer malfeasance.

One might conclude that anti-gun politicians are no friends to cops, either.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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