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Anti-Gun Mayors Plot Demise Of Gun Rights

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Fresh off his appearance at a recent hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he railed against prohibiting the release of sensitive gun trace data for his efforts to sue the firearm industry out of existence, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) is not relenting in his anti-gun crusade. As reported by The New York Times (April 19, 2006) and elsewhere, a dozen mayors are planning to convene at the Mayor’s residence next week to discuss "reducing gun violence." Among the attendees will be Anthony Williams, Mayor of "Gun Ban City," a.ka., Washington, D.C. However, based upon the Bloomberg’s recent screeds against NRA, and in favor of gun control, coupled with the roster of anti-gun mayors planning to join Hizzoner, the outcome of this meeting is easily predictable-a united call for more restrictions on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Like most anti-gun politicians, Bloomberg blames violence in his city on guns from other jurisdictions, and thus, is campaigning to enact additional federal gun control laws. Rather than acknowledging the reams of evidence that no gun control law anywhere has ever reduced crime and that enforcing existing law against criminals does, Bloomberg prefers to score cheap political points by scapegoating law-abiding gun owners for the acts of criminals.

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