BELLEVUE, WA â€“ New York Mayor Michael Bloombergâ€™s Friday warning that there could be riots in the streets if something isnâ€™t done quickly to produce jobs and get the economy moving leaves an important question: How do people defend themselves under the cityâ€™s current restrictive gun laws?
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today called on Bloomberg to answer that question. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted that the mayorâ€™s alarmist rhetoric spotlightâ€™s the need for gun law reform in New York so that law-abiding citizens can better defend themselves in the event of anarchy.
â€œMayor Bloomberg is long on warnings,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œwhether itâ€™s about violence in the streets due to expanded concealed carry laws, increase gun ownership by law-abiding citizens, or a bleak economy for which he has offered no solutions, but expects big government to solve.
â€œUnfortunately,â€ he continued, â€œMayor Bloombergâ€™s solutions to violent crime are typically counter to common sense, so we shouldnâ€™t expect too much in the way of economic wisdom, either. He would keep law-abiding citizens disarmed to prevent crime, so his response to rioting would probably be to arrest people who defend their homes and businesses.
â€œBloombergâ€™s policies,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œpenalize the wrong people and he knows it. He founded â€˜Mayors Against Illegal Gunsâ€™ but has pushed policies that make it harder, if not impossible, for citizens to legally obtain firearms. He would drown people in paperwork for simply seeking the means to defend themselves against this predicted chaos.
â€œMichael Bloomberg cannot have it both ways,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œIf urban riots do erupt and innocent people are harmed, or lose their businesses and homes to rioters, he must accept part of the blame. His policies do not prevent victimization, they perpetuate it, and fomenting hysteria over the economy doesnâ€™t help.â€