This story has already been making the rounds of gun forums across the internet, but it’s worth noting:
Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state.
“We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.”
It’s now making the rounds of regular news sites, and even HotAir picked it up.
Folks focus on the sheer insanity of a mayor who would leave his city in ruins because he wants all the guns controlled by him. The peasants already know that there are few or no cops to be found, and that they’re on their own. Some have rediscovered self defense, even though it’s illegal.
That’s not New Orleans, that’s Long Island, NY.
The specific thing about what he said is that he doesn’t want a police state… yet he wants only his police to have guns. He wants to ban foie gras, 17 oz sodas, tobacco, guns; he sends his police across state lines in violation of federal law to try and interfere with lawful commerce so he can push for gun bans nationwide, and he decides it’s time for a marathon in the middle of a natural disaster because f*** you, peons!
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a police state is this:
a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures
Political, economic, and social life control through arbitrary exercise of police power? Check. Secret police who go across state lines to interfere in other states, circumventing the law? Check.
It’s not that Mayor Bloomberg just hates guns, it’s that he doesn’t want a threat to his personal police state.
It should be noted that gun control isn’t ultimately about guns. It’s about control. Former Texas State Representative Dr. Suzanna Hupp’s quote still applies here:
How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.
And Bloomberg very much feels that way. He’s gone so far as to demand cops stop working until the people have their rights taken away. He’s a tyrant with a police state. Of course he doesn’t want anyone to threaten that, least of all the heroes in the National Guard.