When former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized over the weekend for the “stop-and-frisk” program he conducted while in office, it struck a nerve with one of the nation’s biggest grassroots gun rights organizations.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms quickly took a slap at the billionaire-turned-gun control crusader for not offering an apology to the nation’s 100 million law abiding gun owners as well. According to CCRKBA Chief Alan Gottlieb,
Bloomberg, now considering a run for the presidency as a Democrat, “has demonized and penalized for merely exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
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Bloomberg was addressing a predominantly black church group in Brooklyn when he reportedly remarked, “I got something important really wrong” with the controversial “stop and frisk” policy.”
That’s not all he got wrong, Gottlieb said in a prepared response.
“You also got my gun rights wrong,” Gottlieb asserted. “For years, Bloomberg has treated the constitutionally-protected Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens like they are a regulated privilege. He’s weaponized his vast wealth to erode those rights in every corner of the country by supporting anti-rights initiatives and anti-gun politicians. He has waged a war on people who have committed no crimes, harmed nobody and merely wish to be left alone to mind their own business.
“To protect our guns and 15 round magazines,” the gun rights leader stated, “we need to ban Bloomberg’s billion round checkbook before he assaults our Second Amendment with it.”
The stop-and-frisk policy allegedly targeted more minorities. At the time, he defended the policy as a way to prevent crime. Now that he may be looking for votes from the minority community, he’s now changing his stripes. But that won’t cut any slack with gun rights activists, Gottlieb explained.
“Mr. Bloomberg,” Gottlieb challenged, “where is your apology to 100 million gun owners? When will you stand before a microphone and acknowledge the moral bankruptcy of your crusade to quash the Second Amendment?”
Gottlieb acknowledged the term “bankruptcy” is not a happy word for the wealthy, “but honest firearms owners don’t like such terms as ‘registration’ or ‘licensing’ or ‘waiting periods’.”
“Just because you have deep pockets and a fat bank account does not give you the right to say gun owners have no rights,” the CCRKBA chair observed. “Nobody appointed Michael Bloomberg as the arbiter of rights and freedoms protected by the Constitution.”
Gottlieb said Bloomberg’s acknowledgement of an error in his policy “belies his treatment of American gun owners as second-class citizens.”
“If anyone deserves an apology,” he said, “it is the law-abiding firearms owners whose rights Bloomberg has tried to trample while he enjoys the perks of a wealthy lifestyle, including armed security that keeps a healthy distance between the former mayor and the people he treats with such disdain.”
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