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Bloomberg Uses Tragedy to Tell the 99% How to Live

Baron Bloomberg says gun control will make us safer. The question remains: Safer for whom?

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Howard Nemerov

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December 16, 2012 - 9:31 am

Not one to let a tragedy go to waste, within hours after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, anti-rights New York Mayor Bloomberg went on the offensive:

“Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said in a statement yesterday. “We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before.”

In my last post, I noted how gun bans, increased violence—especially against women—and feudalism all go hand in hand.

Let’s examine feudalism in action. Today. In America.

As the 20th richest man in the world, Michael Bloomberg is in the 1% of the 1%. As mayor, he gets 24/7 armed police protection:

[New York] Mayors typically are protected by a five- or six-person team of plainclothes detectives, including one who often goes ahead to secure the destination. There are generally three teams that rotate for the 24-hour job.

So guns aren’t necessarily the problem, just guns owned by the little people.

Bloomberg even has detectives with him when at home in his 12,500 square-foot, $30 million townhouse:

Over the past two decades, in transactions that have gone all but unnoticed, Mr. Bloomberg has been buying up space in the building next door, knocking down walls and combining two entire floors along the way. He now owns four of the six apartments at 19 East 79th Street, a white 1880 neo-Greco co-op town house.

New York mayors had a two-term limit, until Bloomberg advocated for three terms as his own tenure wound down, because it “offered voters greater choice.” Then, the three-term mayor reversed himself and began promoting two-term limits after he left.

Three for Bloomberg, but only two for the little people, for whom rules are written.

To own a gun in NYC, a handgun permit application costs $340, plus $91.50 for fingerprinting. Rifle and shotgun permits cost $140, plus the fingerprinting fee. These fees are non-refundable if you’re denied. These increased costs add another hurdle for the working class choosing between protecting their family and feeding them. Of course, criminals don’t have to pay these fees, giving them an edge in the use of force. But this is all part of the feudalism formula: Keep raising the bar on lawful self-defense, making it easier for criminals on the street and in government offices to prey upon those who produce the food, goods, and services that everybody needs to live.

Baron Bloomberg says gun control will make us safer. The question remains: Safer for whom?

(Note: This isn’t a classist rant. If you invented a better mousetrap, may you be showered by God’s abundance. It’s only when the wealthy and powerful conclude, on the basis of their outer successes, that they are superior beings designated by God to order everybody else’s life that responsible media needs to highlight such transgressions.)

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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