Bloomberg wants to export gun control
The NY Daily News notes that Bloomberg is planning take his crusade against guns national:
Once content to rule the city, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday vowed for the first time to go national – with an all-out effort to crack down on illegal gun sales.
With the shooting deaths of two NYPD cops still weighing on the city – and with his confidence as a political player clearly rising – Bloomberg promised in his second term to fight the fight over illegal handguns in every forum that matters.
“We will take our message to Albany, to Washington and to every capital of every state that permits guns to flow freely across its borders,” said Bloomberg.
“And to those who distort our laws to aid and abet hardened criminals, know this,” he said, punching the air for emphasis. “We will not rest until we secure all of the tools we need to protect New Yorkers from the scourge of illegal guns.”
Although Bloomberg has talked before about the need for stricter gun controls, yesterday was the first time he pledged to do battle in individual statehouses throughout the U.S.
So, New York’s gun problems are the fault of everyone but New York. I suspect the fact that NY doesn’t prosecute most gun crimes might be an important factor:
A thug who is busted for wielding a loaded handgun in New York City has an astonishing 77 percent chance of ducking jail, a Post analysis of state arrest stats revealed.
And even if the gunslinger does go to the slammer, he’s not likely to stay long.
Of those who got jail time last year, more than two-thirds went away for a year or less, despite facing up to 15 years in prison, as state laws allow, the stats show.
And what’s a stupid New York moment without Chuckles chiming in:
“If he can make an alliance of governors and mayors – particularly Republican governors and mayors – it could greatly help us,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), an author of the Brady Bill, which requires background checks for handgun purchases. “We haven’t had a major Republican voice speaking out for gun control in a long time.”
That’s because in most states anti-gunners don’t get elected. The new wave of gun control is on us. If other Republicans support this notion, they need to be voted out.