BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloombergâ€™s call for American police officers to â€œgo on strikeâ€ in an effort to force Congress and state legislatures to push his gun prohibition agenda is â€œa new low in demagoguery,â€ the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œMayor Bloomberg has gone from bluster to blackmail with his extremist gun ban campaign,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œHe would have police officers quit their posts and abandon their public safety missions in what would amount to an exercise of national extortion.
â€œPerhaps he believes it would be better,â€ he noted, â€œfor cops to walk off the job than to engage in illegal gun and drug transactions, as some of his own New York City police have done lately.â€
Bloomberg was on CNN Monday speaking to Piers Morgan when he encouraged police officers stage this strike. Gottlieb noted that by even making the suggestion, Bloomberg might be close to violating a New York statute known as the Taylor Law. Under that 1967 law â€“ officially titled the Public Employees Fair Employment Act â€“ public employees and employers are prohibited from encouraging strikes by public employees.
â€œIf Bloomberg is violating the law, it would not be a first for a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the anti-gun organization he founded,â€ Gottlieb added. â€œAt least 18 members of that group have been prosecuted for various crimes, which is not a track record Iâ€™d be proud of.
â€œObviously,â€ he observed, â€œMayor Bloomberg did not think things through before he suggested this preposterous course of action. If the nationâ€™s police were to walk off the job today, by tomorrow, American citizens would be flocking to gun stores to purchase firearms for personal protection. All his stupid statement will do is increase gun sales.
â€œMaybe Bloomberg wants to replace Barack Obama as the unofficial gun salesman of the year,â€ Gottlieb concluded.