Michelle Malkin hammers NYC


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February 11, 2004, 08:21 AM
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New York City hates gun owners
Michelle Malkin (archive)

February 11, 2004 | Print | Send


New York City Mayor Michael "Nanny" Bloomberg, he of the smooth hands and Nurse Ratched smirk, made international headlines with his selective war on smokers. Now, Bloomberg and the city's ruling class are preparing to "cure" the Big Apple of another politically incorrect constituency: ordinary gun owners.



Last week, Democrat City Councilwoman Gale Brewer introduced a resolution calling on the Republican National Committee "to repudiate the irresponsible and dangerous policies of the National Rifle Association," i.e., supporting the constitutional right of individuals to bear arms and defend their lives, family and property. Resolution 11 also proclaims that the city council "objects to the presence of the National Rifle Association at the 2004 Republican National Convention" (to be held in New York City in August) and demands that the RNC "denounce the intolerant and inflammatory comments made by members of the NRA leadership that are offensive to many communities that bring to the City the diversity that ensures its vibrancy."

Taking her marching orders from the anti-gun lobby, Brewer is making a brouhaha over the individual opinions of NRA board members on everything from assimilation to urban crime to the Clinton-Reno raid on Waco. The supposedly damning quotes -- Florida-based board member Marion Hammer notes that "owning a gun is not a crime"; national board member Jeff Cooper argues that Americans "ought to choose assimilation over diversity"; provocateur/rocker Ted Nugent says he will wear the Confederate flag "forever" -- have been compiled on a Web site sponsored by the increasingly desperate Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

So what does Republican In Name Only Mayor Bloomberg think of all this? He told New York magazine that all of the NRA leaders' comments were "reprehensible." In an interview with New York radio station WLIB on Tuesday, he basically gave rank-and-file gun owners the bird. Reacting to the announcement by two leading national gun rights organizations, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Second Amendment Foundation, that they have cancelled plans to hold their 20th annual conference in New York City as a result of the mayor's condemnation, Bloomberg scoffed: "They're worried about the Second Amendment rather than the First." (The First Amendment apparently not applying to those who advocate the Second.)

Nanny Bloomberg continued: "I am against people carrying guns. Guns kill people. One of the great scourges we have in the city is that too many people are carrying guns."

So will the gun-phobic mayor be revoking the concealed-carry permits of the city's rich and famous any time soon? Licensed gun-toters in New York City include record executive Tommy Mottola, liberal actors Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro, talk show bigwigs Howard Stern and Don Imus, and gazillionaires Winthrop Rockefeller and Donald Trump.

While these well-connected gun owners are free to walk the streets without fear, nestled in their gated communities and surrounded by bodyguards, it is average citizens who suffer the most from the gun-control paternalism of the elite. Remember Lester Campbell, the 80-year-old man from the Bronx who fought back with his unlicensed .38-caliber handgun when a mugger beat him and stole his $262 Social Security check last year? The assailant fled; the city charged Campbell with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

What about Jose Acosta, the 69-year-old bodega clerk jailed for using his .22-caliber unregistered handgun to kill an armed thug who attempted to rob his Harlem grocery store? Punished for protecting his life and livelihood, this hard-working, law-abiding legal immigrant from the Dominican Republic is among untold victims of a system that subjects businesses and individuals to Byzantine, insurmountable gun-permit regulations while criminals romp.

Mohamed Dramy, another bodega worker, followed Bloomberg's utopian vision. He was totally helpless, with no weapon in sight, when a gang of thieves broke into his Harlem deli grocery last year. The end result? He was gunned down in cold blood and died behind his checkout counter.

The message from New York City to Second Amendment supporters is clear: Drop dead.

Isn't it time for gun-owning entrepreneurs, tourists and voters to fire back -- and take their business elsewhere?

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Norton
February 11, 2004, 08:31 AM
Stick it to 'em Michelle.....I love the way she calls it like she sees it....

Spot77
February 11, 2004, 08:56 AM
Maybe we should email her and have her take up residence in "The Free State" of Maryland.:D

Then she can slam the vermin that seek to obliterate our rights too.

emc
February 11, 2004, 09:55 AM
Not only is she a true take no prisoners conservative, but gorgeous to boot! :D

She did bring up a good point, though..... It makes sense to me that we should also vote with our pocketbooks. Why should we provide any money/revenue to companies and cities that trample on our second amendment rights?

Also, it is interesting to note two of the quotes that are being held up as a problem:
"Florida-based board member Marion Hammer notes that 'owning a gun is not a crime'; national board member Jeff Cooper argues that Americans 'ought to choose assimilation over diversity'"

At least for me, these quotes are perfectly reasonable. The fact that Gale Brewer is holding them up as something to criticize is a good example of the gulf in the mindset between one of US and one of THEM.

FWIW,

emc

7.62FullMetalJacket
February 11, 2004, 09:59 AM
Michelle is pretty good at cooking down the BS and pointing out the hyocrisy/malfeasance of elected officials.

Why is it that we can praise the actions of New Yorkers for acting in the correct spirit on 9/11 (and after), and during the power blackout last year, but no trust them to act correctly everyday? More illogical logic from the left.

Bruce H
February 11, 2004, 10:02 AM
If the Republican National Committee had any guts they would pull their convention now. There is no reason to be talked to like that. The caterwalling would be loud and screeching. The loss of revenue just might cause the business owners of NYC to have a house cleaning.

CZ 75 BD
February 11, 2004, 10:31 AM
Bliss ninny nanny Bloomberg:neener:

El Tejon
February 11, 2004, 10:52 AM
Too many people carrying guns in NYC?:confused:

If so, Mr. Mayor, then you can set a good example. Turn in your guns and disarm your bodyguards and all of NYC law enforcement. You can send those eeevil guns to me here in Lafayette, Indiana which is far, far away from your progressive utopia. For some unknown reason guns do not cause crime here. Hmmm, maybe cameras cause child porn in NYC as well?

Come now, Mr. Mayor, do the right thing. Disarm NY LEOs! Let them do their job with rocks and fists--for the children!

emc
February 11, 2004, 11:01 AM
Great humor, El-T! My only regret is that I didn't say it......:(

emc

Cool Hand Luke 22:36
February 11, 2004, 11:23 AM
So will the gun-phobic mayor be revoking the concealed-carry permits of the city's rich and famous any time soon? Licensed gun-toters in New York City include record executive Tommy Mottola, liberal actors Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro, talk show bigwigs Howard Stern and Don Imus, and gazillionaires Winthrop Rockefeller and Donald Trump.

NYC is the kind of elitist banana republic that leftists would inflict on the entire country given the chance.

Langenator
February 11, 2004, 11:30 AM
Florida-based board member Marion Hammer notes that "owning a gun is not a crime";
Why am I reasonably certain that this quote is not complete, and should actually read something like "Owning a gun is not a crime, it's a right protected by the Constitution."

The NAACP is (still) trying to boycotting South Carloina because they won't remove the Stars and Bars from their Confederate War Memorial. I'm going to guess that the NRA has more members than the NAACP (otherwise, it wouldn't scare leftist politcos so much). The NRA members should launch a boycott of New York City. And not only don't take it off until the Mayor and City Council stop caying stupid things, but until they get rid their idiot gun owner registration and other infringements as well.

boofus
February 11, 2004, 11:36 AM
<doublestandard>
Yeah but when the NAACP decides not to partake of anything from a city it's a good wholesome boycott. When the NRA does it, it's a McCarthy-era BLACKLIST. :cuss: :banghead:
</doublestandard>

It'd be better if a volcano bubbled up under NYC or if all of new england just broke off and sank into the Atlantic Ocean. Then we'd be free from schumer, ted kennedy, kerry, lautenberg, hitlery and more.

IIRC, back in 1776 wasn't New York one of the states that didn't want anything to do with the American Revolution or the signing of the Declaration without some armtwisting by Ben Franklin and Thomas J? I say give it back to the British!

Delmar
February 11, 2004, 11:40 AM
Too many people carrying guns in NYC

May the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt ride your assets for the rest of your miserable, scumbag, sniveling, worthless pit of a life.

Too bad people like this cannot be held crimminally responsible for loss of innocent life.

Partisan Ranger
February 11, 2004, 11:43 AM
You want to know why the FF set up the electoral college?

Look at what NYC is today. That'd be America if not for the electoral college.

Norton
February 11, 2004, 11:59 AM
Spot77...

I got news for you lil' bro'.....she ALREADY lives in MD.....the irony of it is (drum roll please).....I think she lives in Montgomery County:evil:

Spot77
February 11, 2004, 01:17 PM
hmmmm....which makes me wonder if I can trade in my wife for a sportier model, like Michelle.....

Cool Hand Luke 22:36
February 11, 2004, 01:20 PM
It'd be better if a volcano bubbled up under NYC or if all of new england just broke off and sank into the Atlantic Ocean. Then we'd be free from schumer, ted kennedy, kerry, lautenberg, hitlery and more

We'd also lose most of our firearms manufacturers (CT), huge swaths of conservative territory (NH, Eastern CT, Interior Maine) and one of two states that truely respect the 2nd Amendment (VT).

boofus
February 11, 2004, 01:58 PM
We'll still have Glock, H&K and Barrett what else do you need. :neener:

gunsmith
February 11, 2004, 02:55 PM
Who were never taught about rights other then the ones the liberals wan't you to know about.

Real New Yorkers like myself have moved.
Except for my bro (a cop in NY) no one in my family lives there.

NY was the capital of the USA during the Revolution.
If we can
change the gun laws there we can save the whole country,NY & CA are very important in the gun rights battle.

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