Bloomberg Said What About Guns and Crime?

Bloomberg Said What About Guns and Crime?

Gun Rights

Clips from a 2015 speech Michael Bloomberg gave at the Aspen Institute should be playing on mainstream news channels just as often as Bloomberg’s campaign ads. “95 percent of your murders—murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg said . “They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York. That’s true in virtually every city…. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.” Bloomberg also said, “And then they start … ‘Oh, I don’t want to get caught,’ so they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.” Such is the tough New York talk Bloomberg uses in safe spaces like Aspen. “If you can stop them from getting murdered, I would argue everything else you do is less important,” Bloomberg said. And that’s a good point, but it comes with a deceptive premise he expects us to buy into. Bloomberg, you see, often argued that the “stop-and-frisk” policy New York City used while he was mayor was necessary, and there is little doubt it saved lives in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods. But the thing is, when you take away one constitutional right—in this case, our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms—you end up in a position in which you need to diminish another constitutional […]

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