BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today responded to New York Mayor Michael Bloombergâ€™s latest outrage â€“ suggesting that citizens in his city donâ€™t need gun permits â€“ by reminding the anti-gun rights mayor that â€œSelf defense isnâ€™t a privilege, itâ€™s a right.â€
Bloomberg announced on his radio program that he wants to reduce the number of people who have concealed handgun permits in the Big Apple. He told his radio audience, â€œIf you tell me you need a gun permit, youâ€™re telling me you donâ€™t think the NYPD can do a good job in protecting you. Most people, I donâ€™t see any reason why they need it.â€
â€œThere goes Mikey again,â€ CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb declared. â€œHe still thinks thereâ€™s a Bill of â€˜Needsâ€™ instead of a Bill of Rights. Where did he get the arrogant notion that people need to ask him to exercise their rights, especially the right of self-defense?
â€œBut more importantly,â€ he continued, â€œBloomberg is fooling himself while heâ€™s trying to fool everyone else because he knows that police cannot be everywhere, and they are typically not around when a crime is committed. Even police will admit they canâ€™t prevent most crimes from happening.
â€œBloomberg doesnâ€™t care about any of this, of course, because heâ€™s got around-the-clock security,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œBut weâ€™ll pose a question to the mayor: If he thinks law enforcement does such a smashing job all the time, why did Bloomberg feel compelled to mount a vigilante sting operation earlier this year, without the knowledge of his own police department or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and go after people he claims are rogue gun dealers in five states?
â€œMayor Bloomberg is a blooming idiot and a world-class hypocrite,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œGun owners across the country should remember that this is what Mikey has in mind for the entire nation. He would have every law-abiding armed citizen give up their firearms for no other reason than the fact that he doesnâ€™t think people need guns for personal protection. I thought the mayor lives in New York City, but I was wrong. He lives in La-La Land.â€