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Opening Arguments

Protect yourselves

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may not have the stupidest gun-control plan ever uttered, but it'll do until the real thing comes along. "Disarm yourselves, or we'll stop protecting and serving you."

Well, I would take it one step further. I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say, we're going to go on strike. We're not going to protect you. Unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe.

Let's see. The point of having a gun is that police can't be everywhere all the time. The only person who is always with me everywhere is me, so if I have a gun, I'll at least have a fighting chance. But the police are nowhere, none of the time, what shall we do? Buy more guns, in all likelihood. Yes, mayor, your brilliant plan will solve everything.

The link is to Best of the Web Today by the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto, who observes:

A police strike, as Bloomberg figured out a day late, is illegal in itself. Bloomberg's strike would be for the purpose of curtailing the citizenry's constitutional rights. The mayor urged an unlawful rebellion by government employees against their employers, the people. Since ours is a government of the people, established by the Constitution, this was nothing less than a call for insurrection.

Bloomberg made his comments in response to a question from CNN's Piers Morgan ("Why do so many Americans not feel angry enough to demand further gun control?"). Morgan and Bloomberg. Quite the pair, that.



Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:36pm

The 1994 gun 'ban' could be rated as a fairly dumb plan.

It had a 10 year life span.  I've never seen any questions about that.

It didn't ban anything.  It only stopped the future manufacturing and sale of certain semi-automatic guns with politically incorrect features like large capacity magazines, flash suppressors, and bayonet lugs.  The new ones were still for sale without these items.

Seven round magazine Colt 45 ACP's were replaced by by smaller ten round magazine pistols.  Magazines were limited to ten rounds in the 'ban'.

President Clinton was almost nominated to be gun salesman of the year because gun purchases went crazy before the 'ban' went into effect.

In the next election the Republicans took control of both houses of Congress.  President Clinton knew why and Newt Gingrich & Rush Limbaugh were clueless.

Indiana Republican Senator Lugar couldn't get past the New Hampshire primary when he previously ran for President because of his vote for the 'ban'.  He is still clueless.

After the gun 'ban' ended the AR-15 style guns have become the hottest selling long guns.  They are used for collecting, hunting, or target shooting with calibers ranging between .204 Ruger to .458 socom.

I know Mayor Bloomberg is trying, but the 1994 'ban' will be hard to beat.