Imagine a scenario: you come home and your significant other is being sexually assaulted. The perp starts pulling out a gun. You have your gun. You have to wait for the perp to shoot first. Welcome to Michael Bloomberg’s world
(Politico) New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, one of the faces of national gun-control efforts over the last year, made a fresh case against Florida’s gun laws Sunday on the heels of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting death.
“Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
“But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns. Such laws – drafted by gun lobby extremists in Washington – encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue ‘justifiable homicide’ later.”
Bloomberg’s comments beg the question: will he implement a policy for the NYPD which requires that they never shoot first? What if a deranged psycho mad about abortion laws is holding a child hostage with a knife? NYPD snipers should have to hold their fire till the child is cut. Imagine your own scenario. If the policy applies to private citizens then it should apply to law enforcement, too. Oh, hey, what if a wacko upset over being cited for purchasing a big sugary drink points a gun at Bloomberg: do you think Mikey wants his protective detail to wait till the nutjob shoots? What do you think, Mike? Yeah, there’s your answer.
Meanwhile, Obama’s statement is chock full of exactly the kind of calm, reasoned discourse we expect from him
The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
First, he’s race baiting. Unsurprising. 2nd, the patronizing call for gun control, without mentioning that perhaps Trayvon should not have assaulted Zimmerman. 3rd, Obama sure doesn’t act like we’re a nation of law, considering all he’s done to ignore, including his most recent extension of the employer mandate out a year, despite what his own signature law states. Fourth, his administration ran guns into Mexico, resulting in the deaths of at least two US federal agents and over 200 Mexican citizens: where are his statements on that? And perhaps he should look to his hometown of Chicago and see what the law abiding citizen disarmament programs have wrought.
Also, consider that his statement could be construed as being upset that the jury found Zimmerman not guilty, which means he is throwing the 6 ladies on the jury and Zimmerman under his big bus. Shameful.
Also, Zimmerman is going to get his gun back, which is making liberals nuts. Er, nuttier. Roger Simon says Obama is the biggest loser in the case. And execrable Harry Reid says that this affair isn’t over yet. Does anyone think that Zimmerman could receive proper treatment and his constitutional rights in any suit brought by the DOJ when the Senate Majority Leader, along with other politicians, make statements against Zimmerman?
Look, George Zimmerman may have gotten away with murder, or a lesser charge that could have resulted in a jail sentence. Or may not have gotten away with anything. The fact remains that there were not enough pieces of physical evidence to convict. Had the prosecution gone with a lesser charge to start, perhaps he might have been found guilty. But Obama is right about one thing: we are a nation of laws, not a nation of men, and it was up to the government to prove their case. They didn’t. They couldn’t. So, no matter what our feelings are about the case, we can’t let them get in the way of Lady Justice, who is blindfolded for a reason. I’m sure all those people who are protesting based on their feelings would want to be accorded the same measure of Law if they ever got in trouble.