Did Bloomberg Campaign smear Texas church shooting hero?

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think “average citizens” should carry guns in crowded places. (YouTube, Face the Nation)

Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg may need to instruct his campaign manager to do a quick “beg your pardon” to Jack Wilson, the silver-haired hero volunteer security guard who stopped a mass shooting in a Texas church last month with a single pistol shot fired from about 50 feet, and caught on camera.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg was at an event when he uttered a comment that has raced across the internet and underscores what many believe is his contempt for gun owners and the Second Amendment. When quizzed about the shooting, the former New York mayor stated, “Somebody in the congregation had their own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people, but it is the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.”

Some 18.6 million American citizens are licensed to carry guns in “crowded places,” and many of them have used those firearms in self-defense and, like Wilson, to defend others, including police officers.

All of this is detailed in a book co-authored by Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb and this reporter, titled “Good Guys With Guns.”

But adding insult to injury seems to be what Bloomberg campaign chief Kevin Sheekey said on Fox News when asked if his boss should apologize to the heroic Texan.

Not only did Sheekey say no apology is owed, he tossed this in for good measure: “The question is where he and Mike Bloomberg disagree, which is should anyone who walks out of an insane asylum be able to get a gun? Mike Bloomberg would say ‘no,’ I’m not sure what other people would say.”

In fairness, the comment came after Sheekey said Wilson should be “honored as a hero.”

But when and where did Jack Wilson say or suggest that “anyone who walks out of an insane asylum be able to get a gun?” Because that certainly appears to be what Sheekey intimated with his remark.

Bloomberg has been running his Michael-Come-Lately presidential campaign with a hard message on gun control. Restrictive gun laws are a key part of Bloomberg’s message and he’s been spending a fortune on television advertising to spread that message.

Reacting to this, the soft-spoken Wilson appeared on “Fox & Friends” to observe, “Mr. Bloomberg, had we operated by his standards or his wishes, the carnage would have been significantly greater because the individual still had, after the shooting, still had seven live rounds in his gun and three more in his pocket. Even though the police department did arrive in roughly two minutes from the time the first call went in, by that time, you know, the carnage would have been much, much worse.”

Bloomberg is a wealthy fellow who apparently travels with armed security everywhere he goes. His double-standard about personal safety stinks to average citizens, especially gun owners who have accepted responsibility for their own safety.

Sheekey’s remark was evidently overlooked by most viewers, but quick remarks are what get presidential campaigns in big trouble.


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