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Bloomberg Attacks State Self-Defense Laws

From a cheering Associated Press:

Mayor Bloomberg launches campaign against gun laws

By STACY ANDERSON
April 11, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a national campaign against gun laws that he said "justify civilian gun play."

Bloomberg was joined by the leaders from the NAACP, National Urban League and other groups Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., as he announced "Second Chance on Shoot First."

The campaign aims to repeal or reform the laws that eliminated a person’s duty to retreat when threatened with serious bodily harm or death. These laws have passed in 25 states.

The so-called ‘duty to retreat’ is preposterous on the face of it. You can’t always run away from danger.

But given the outrageously high rate of violence and murder in the ‘black community,’ why are the NAACP and the National Urban League trying to take away their right to defend themselves?

Bloomberg said these laws undermine the integrity of the justice system, threaten public safety and make it more difficult to prosecute shooters.

The grassroots campaign will contact state legislators who have passed what he terms "shoot first" laws, produce education material for the public and create model legislation.

How is this is "grassroots campaign"? It is being started by a billionaire. It is as much of a "grassroots campaign" as Occupy Wall Street. Which, come to think of it, was also started by a billionaire.

"The tragic death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., touched a nerve all across this country," Bloomberg said. "I believe we all have a responsibility to investigate the meaning of this terrible event for our nation and then to take action."

Never let a crisis go to waste. Even a manufactured one. After all, ‘Fast & Furious’ failed. The government has to find some way to take away our Second Amendment rights.

Bloomberg said neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who shot Martin, should have never had a gun with his history of violence. He said New York and other states would not have allowed him to carry a gun

Notice that Zimmerman having a gun has nothing to do with the ‘stand your ground’ laws. But taking away our guns is always job number one with Bloomberg. So it doesn’t matter what the actual details are.

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is central to the Martin shooting since Zimmerman has claimed self-defense.

The media has tried to make it central to this case. But in fact, Zimmerman does not need to invoke Florida’s ‘stand your ground law’ to defend himself. Everyone has the right to defend himself if he believes that his life is in danger.

That is even the law in enlightened New York City. (At least at the moment.)

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s parents, said they have no objection to the amended statutes being named the Trayvon Martin Law…

As long as they get their cut.

Martin’s father said naming the amended law after his son would be a big step in the direction of justice for "millions of Trayvons."

For the most part ‘stand your ground’ laws protect the victims of so-called home invasions and car-jackings. It is really just an extension of English common law, which says that every man’s home (or car) is his castle. And he has the right to stand his ground and "meet force with force."

So maybe the "millions of Trayvons" should stay out of other people’s houses and cars.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Bloomberg Attacks State Self-Defense Laws”

  1. GetBackJack

    The city of New York will not list the number of City employees charged with the Mayor’s personal security.

    But how hypocritical it is to ride around in government cars, with government bodyguards eating food and drink paid for by others, sleeping in a house paid for by others, having your every whim and need attended to by others, while condemning the choices we make while suckling the teats of the giant sow their Party has created called government.

    Which means your money and mine.

    Lamp post and rope is too good for this sawed off runt tyrant.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      In a way, and again, I blame television. The people in power now all grew up watching TV shows wherein, whether a cop show, a sitcom, or anything….some authority figure, usually the lead actor, is made out to be the omnipotent and omniscient being, solving the problems. An exception to that was The Andy Griffith Show where often, they were little morality plays where (as intended) Andy Griffith, the lead character as Sheriff Andy Taylor let the other actors have their moments to shine and he often took a lesser role. This included the scripts whereby the “lesser” characters were allowed to solve their own problems. Thus a message of individual responsibility, told in a humorous way.

      But most other shows, Dragnet, Adam-12, Hawaii 5-0, The Brady Bunch, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Superman, Batman, The Wild Wild West, on and on all had strong leads who solved all the problems. In the 80’s there was a kind of paradigm shift whereby the elite, white, perfect people were shown to be incredibly flawed. I’ll use the show “Dallas” as an example. Sure, there was “Peyton Place” in the 50’s and 60’s but generally women watched that.

      So…in a small sense, I think these people in their 60’s who are in power are trying to be Chuck Conners and Adam West and Jack Lord…able to figure things out and solve all the world’s woes. Or rather, the characters those stars portrayed on television. I’m sure there’s ample opportunity to examine this from a psychological standpoint.

      I’m not saying that they think of themselves as those people in a multiple personality way, but that their upbringing included these characters they watched and thought of as heroes. Or, there may be nothing to it. But when you think of the scripts and how everything was always tidied up in a half hour to an hour and all was well at the end, it makes a person wonder if our “leaders” are trying to come up with just those types of “fixes” and also not realizing their own fallacies regarding what solutions really are.

      At the very worst, it is most likely just subliminal. At best it’s non-existent and I’m just full of it. But I think there’s something to it. The generation before this read more…though people today seem to actually be reading more than ever but of things that aren’t biographies or classics or personal success stories. In the past, majoring in anything included having to read Melville, Twain, Shelley, Dickens, Faulkner, Woolf and many others.

      What do they read now? I would guess the professors assign not classics but politically expedient crapola that is intended to indoctrinate rather than educate.

      We have lost a generation that knew what leadership was. We are now living the post WW II disaster that is liberalism incarnate that loves socialism and thinks they are the best and brightest…thus…superheroes of their time. To me though, they often seem more like very bad actors who are unconvincing in their roles.

    • Anonymoose

      I’d agree, Rusty. I’ve thought a lot that the zeitgeist (general theme) of the US and liberals in particular it resembles the life of someone born about 1950.

      Look at it this way:

      1950’s: Childhood, born into the most stable and conformist environment America ever had. Small houses with picket fences, dad with a steady job and mom at home. A life of cartoons and playing and everything neatly taken care of by dinnertime. No worries, told they would go great places and do wonderful things, but never really challenged or having to face the world. Raised without the early realization life isn’t a warm and fuzzy place and bad things can happen people almost always end up with lowered ambition and accomplishment–they don’t need to try in their eyes.

      1960’s: Teenage years; starting off as an extension of childhood, the loss of innocence right after puberty when Kennedy was shot, leading through the turmoil of drugs and partying, climaxing with the moon landing. They didn’t want to go to war, the easy answers they had before didn’t work, they want to change everything up. They felt lied to as they came to adulthood and expectations were placed on them, and revolted angrily.

      1970’s: Aimless twenties. Trying new things, not sure what to do next, a general malaise as the anger gave way to a lost course. They don’t want to sell out their “values” but what they’re doing is pointless

      1980’s: Thirties and a return to conservatism as they realize both biological clocks and real world clocks are catching up to them. Time to have kids, but that needs a job and money and they suddenly find themselves doing all the things they had despised in their parents.

      1990’s: Forties and the mid-life crisis. The younger generation is disrespectful, they question why they worked so but don’t want to let go of the car and house, they begin thinking more liberal and missing the good old days. Clinton was the first president of their generation and they embraced him.

      2000’s: Fifties. Losing influence, realizing time is running out, thinking they had somehow changed the world wit their counterculture movement, but also seeing a lot of things they didn’t recognize or plan on. A minor swing back to conservatism as the mid-life crisis is past and they need to get things in order before they retire, or before time just runs out. Working conservative jobs but thinking liberal ideas, and not happy with what they see.

      Today: Sixties. Retirement is looming soon, but rather than an august time of peace and contemplation it’s an unsettling feeling. The world wasn’t theirs to own, and it bucked and left them in the dust. Kids today don’t remember Vietnam, they succeed in getting the First Black President(tm) elected, but things hadn’t turned out the way they wanted. Growing more liberal as they no longer have kids to look after or a career. Resurging their old ideas and locked in a mindset of the only thing that gave their life meaning, rebelling against “the man” and making sure the younger generation gets the message. Inflexible, and unwilling to face that they never grew or accomplished what they wanted, or even knew what it was.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban

    I’m sure Mr. Bloomberg has no qualms with his armed bodyguards shooting first when some nut job tries to inflict bodily harm on his person.

    In a just world, Mr. Bloomberg would be stabbed to death in a dark alley with no chance of retreat by a career criminal that happens to be a minority and delinquent on his taxes.

  3. AcornsRNutz

    Originally the NAACP was upset with Jackson, Sharpton and Co. for their race baiting and grandstanding saying it would impede the course of an actual investigation to find the truth. Funny little flip flop to the “Trayvon to advance my agenda” bandwagon. I guess that one rare moment of clarity by the NAACP was not echoed by most of the community they represent. And here I was saying it was these so called “minority rights” organizations that made the people who they claim to represent look bad. May have to re-think that one.

  4. canary

    NYC Bloomberg is a lying about gun laws.

    Not even Law Enforcement in the U.S. can shoot first.

    • Mithrandir

      Perhaps, but NO POLITICIAN can withstand the naming of a law in someone’s name, no one. “He voted down the Trayvon Martin law! You know what that means” (wink wink: racist).

      If the law fails, they will let the media work over the public for a few months, and chase politicians around, then bring up the law again for a re-vote. NO POLITICIAN can withstand the heat, even if the proposed law is “Hang Senator so-and-so from a Tree” law. Senator so-and-so himself will eventually vote yes.

      We are doomed as a Republic.

  5. Anonymoose

    They should bring up the case of Carl England, where a black ex-con shot him after trying to break into an apartment yet it was ruled justifiable homicide.

    So let’s look at all this:

    Ex-con who wasn’t supposed to have a gun in the first place
    Attempts break-in of an apartment
    Is confronted and leaves to get a gun
    Is confronted again and when hit with a stick kills someone

    Why did he not face murder charges?

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/site.....Comments=1

    http://www.latimes.com/news/na.....1625.story

  6. Mithrandir

    THE OLD BLACK CODES / THE NEW WHITE CODES ….19th C./21st C. Racial Laws

    GUN LAWS
    (Then) Negroes might not carry knives or firearms unless they were licensed so to do.
    (Now) Blacks ignore the law, carry whatever they want in inner cities.
    Whites will be the only ones who will be required to endure unconstitutional gun laws in cities, or have firearms removed by misdemeanor violations, living within 1000 feet from a school etc. and can use a cell phone if they feel threatened, or just run away.
    ————————–
    SEGREGATION
    (Then) Blacks will not be allowed into white schools, living areas, churches etc.
    (Now) Whites will be required to live in the school district assigned to where they live NO EXCEPTIONS.
    Blacks will be bused in from where ever is necessary.
    ————————–
    IMMIGRATION
    (Then) Blacks cannot move into another state.
    (Now) Whites cannot move into certain areas of a city for risk of harm or death.
    ————————–
    VOTING RIGHTS
    (Then) No voting rights.
    (Now) Whites can only vote once, minorities can vote often, if it serves past discrimination.
    ————————–
    MILITIA
    (Then) Blacks cannot serve on juries or in state militias.
    (Now) Convictions can be thrown out if the jury is not black enough. Whites cannot even think about forming a militia.
    ————————–
    PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE
    (Then) Blacks cannot express legal concern publicly.
    (Now) The Tea Party cannot assemble without a permit, $10,000 deposit, pay police overtime.
    ————————–
    WORK
    (Then) Blacks were to get out of bed at dawn. Time would be deducted from wages, along with cost of food, housing, nursing, and sickness.
    (Now) Blacks need not work, but whites should not think about taking too much time off of work due to sickness, because they must stay ahead of their taxes.
    ————————–
    LICENSURE
    (Then) Blacks must present licenses citing their places of residence and authorizing them to work.
    (Now) Only whites need to do and pay such things, or higher an illegal immigrant standing around the Home Depot, with no license at all.
    ————————–
    POLITENESS
    (Then) Blacks must be “especially civil and polite to their masters.
    (Now) You can kill anyone you want, as long as you claim slavery in your defense.

    When you hear liberals speak, know this:
    All cumbersome laws, codes, standards of conduct, usual ways of social promotion, ability-testing, social rules such as “diversity” & “multiculturalism” are for WHITE PEOPLE to follow. All other people can ignore the rules, bypass the rules, be waived through the rules, and / or have any burdensome financial requirement be paid for, or ignored by, the government.

  7. canary

    In states that allow open carry the Black Panthers with their U.S. military rank emblems and uniforms, march through the streets like they have their own military. I guess the one ranter on FOX that said we don’t follow American laws we follow Allah’s law, is something to think about.

    Course since Bill Ayers is more notorious than ever since his friendship and co-worker, & co-organization with Black Panthers for “lessor crimes”,

    Not to exclude Obama’s failure to vote for severity on Sexual predators and children predators, because his Trinity church specialized in outreach to sex offenders. And after Obama found out what his muslim grandfather hunted down and raped young girls at age of 13 and practiced circumcision on girls, who would be more tolerate than Obama.

    Obama wrote that only incurable heinous criminals should get life and the death penalty.

    We still don’t know all the facts about this case. But, it will be looked at closely with the media attention’s of the flavor of the day.

    Can Zimmerman pick a jury of his peers. White Hispanics jury peers ?

  8. canary

    Bloomberg’s NYC police can’t even keep an eye on possible muslim terrorists anymore, so there’s no doubt they’ll ever be able to defend themselves and shoot one they know has a bomb. They’ll have to wait til after the commits the act and blows something up.


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