(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.
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]
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.”
“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.