Mayor Bloomberg of New York,first soft drinks,then guns
part 1 of 3-
At the request of our blog host I will attempt to explore a complex subject and how it is tied to various other subjects that effect our lives and freedoms in the western world. As an American perspective I will attempt to shine the light of reason on the dark corners of the gun control debate and hopefully dispel the cloud of rumors and lies that surround the subject both here and abroad. On a separate,but connected subject I will explore the ever increasing expansion of statism into our daily lives.
New York city mayor Micheael Bloomberg, he’s quite a character.Once a liberal Democrat, now a liberal Republican AKA a RINO (Republican In Name Only).
He heads up a city unlike any other in America save one. New York City has banned guns, all guns except by special permit since in or about 1954. It hasn’t made them any safer,and some,quite a few actually would argue it has done the opposite and made the city more dangerous. We can see what the effect of mandatory gun bans have done elsewhere,why should New York be any different?
So as we see from the British example even though there may be a temporary decline in the murder rate,the over all violent crime rate skyrockets.Essentially your chances of getting murdered are less,but of being beaten nearly to death quadruple. Adding insult to injury if you were nearly beaten to death and had anything on your person that could be construed as a weapon you very well likely could end up doing more time in prison than your attacker.
In Mayor Bloomberg’s city,even though they have had some of if not THE strictest gun laws in the 50 states,the violent and property crime rate has seldom ever declined and in most years has increased.The only time there has been a marked decline in recent years was when Police resources were sent into areas with the highest crime rates-who would have thought that increasing Policing in high crime areas would have the effect of decreasing crime in those areas? The wonders never cease! Back to our good Mayor in a moment.
No proper discussion of the subject at hand can be had unless some basic facts are introduced at the start.The basic facts are human nature and interaction in a society and the constraints imposed by social mores and civil code.
It is a simple fact of human nature that anyone- male or female- will undertake any act that he or she feels comfortable with and has reason to believe they can engage in without physical harm.It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple as taking a drink of water, to showing affection to another, to committing murder.If a person reasons they will get away with it history shows they will do it.Humans,modern ones anyway differ from the animal kingdom in that we are (supposed to anyway) capable of reason and not generally driven by instinct alone.It’s our very own internal compass that allows us to rise above in selfless sacrifice or descend into murdering madness.On this subject any reasoning person will agree that it is people who kill people.
The argument over Evolution -vs-Creation is an old one,and one we won’t go into here,but it does have a slight bearing on our discussion.No matter which side we fall on, one thing is likely-the very first murder in human history was most likely carried out with a rock.It matters not if a murder is committed with a rock or a highly refined firearm the victim is just as dead and along with human nature it establishes two concrete facts-1 that each individual is responsible for their actions by virtue of reason and -2 human beings are very good at creating new ways to kill each other.
Now that we have the basic facts down lets return to our Mayor.Bloomberg -for all his upright walking,reasoning way- has arrived at a very simplistic form of logic that continually leads he and others like him astray.That logic is we have too many murders,many of which are committed with guns,therefore if we ban guns the number of murders will decline.He fails to make the connection that only honest law abiding persons will abide by the gun ban laws and criminals by nature will not. His logic has effectively disarmed the honest members of society thereby throwing them to the wolves.Remember the role of reasoning?
Criminals oftentimes aren’t the brightest bunch,but they aren’t stupid either.They know full well that if the odds of their victims being disarmed are high,then their chances of getting away with a crime uninjured are equally high and they are more likely to engage in criminal acts.The crime stats demonstrate this time and again,but these folks are lost in their own flawed logic.
The Mayor coming off of his imagined successes has had all sorts of brilliant ideas as of late.Just in the last few years he has backed a proposed ban on soft drinks larger than 16ounces.Smoking anywhere in public and even the amount of salt in New Yorkers food.Must be nice to have such a wonderful nanny! The problem with liberals is the minute they get wind of power they want to ban things– it’s irresistible to them like an animal in heat.Okay,so they have banned guns in New York,so what, right? Well about that same time they also banned any knife over 3″ long.That rule was later revised since every housewife in the city was in violation everytime dinner was being prepared.Over the years that ban has been evolved to include everything from hatchets,to switchblades to slingshots(I’m not kidding look it up).People laugh and scoff and say yes,sure the old slippery slope argument,blah,blah,blah.Well I am here to tell you my friends,but we are well and truly half way down the slope and rapidly picking up speed.
Enter- George Soros,that loveable Nazi collaborator,liberal leftist currency manipulator and all around global Communist backer.What does he have to do with this? He- along with Bloomberg- has started a little organization. Well, little if you consider Bloomberg’s $16 Billion and Soros’ $85 Billion dollar backing “little” that is…
Over 600 mayors of cities large and small all across the states dedicated to “gun safety” which is code for gun bans.Some say this is a Democracy and the people are free to decide if they want guns in their community or not.
Well, not exactly.
America is a Republic of elected representatives bound by a body of law known as our Constitution.It is designed to protect Liberty from the excesses of the government and of democracy.In that document is our Bill of Rights:
‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’
Our Founding Fathers thought it important enough to list our right to keep and bear arms as the Second Amendment behind only the Rights of freedom of Religion,Expression and the Press.It wasn’t some trivial thing added to a shopping list at the last moment.They understood full well that in order to have a functioning society,a free State,the rights of the people to defend themselves from others,invaders and the government itself must be preserved and therefore SHALL NOT be infringed.
Our Supreme Court has reaffirmed those rights time and again in recent years and many States have returned the right to bear arms to the law abiding citizens of those Sates– and rightly so.But folks like Bloomberg and Soros know better,they want to protect us from ourselves and at the same time take power for themselves.
What they are attempting to do is an end run around the Constitution and around the elected will of the people and enact de-facto gun bans all across the nation.By making it nearly impossible to legally own firearms they have put their own citizens at risk,but that is the intent.Besides human nature and reason there is a third aspect that we must set in clear terms in order to continue the discussion-instinct.
We are Mammals,mammals are such a successful group as a whole because our reasoning engine can be sped up in times of sudden stress.It’s referred to as fight or flight,the ability to slow down and compress time in an instant of mental instinctive clarity so we have the time to decide whether to stay and fight or run away.This same process is carried out at a slower pace in less stressful times and folks like Bloomberg take advantage of it.
The nanny state as in Britain said we all have the right to be protected from criminal harm and therefore it is the government’s right and duty to protect it’s citizens and since they are the authority on the subject we need not have guns.Okay we have had our security outsourced,but are we safer? Most assuredly not.We have numerous detailed examples of murderers,,rapists,arsonists,pedophiles,thieves and robbers who have been through the system,been convicted and sent to prison and been released early most times that have gone on to commit crimes worse than what they were originally docked for.These examples are easy to find,just look at the daily paper in any major city.
The end result of this is fear,normally we would reason and decide it best to arm ourselves as a deterrent to the real possibility of crime,but we cannot now,because even possessing a hammer makes us a criminal, subject to imprisonment so we live in fear.Then the politicians seize on the condition created and use that fear to convince us we need to give them more power.They tell us we need more Cops,more investigators more money.That works,but only until a new equilibrium is reached,pretty soon crime spikes again and we are told they need more,money to buy cameras to put up in public places watching not just the criminals,but us too.
Then pretty soon even that isn’t enough,they need a “higher presence profile”. Soon random searches of subway and bus passengers are the norm,funny,we don’t look like criminals? Then of course we need to cover a bigger area so Drones are built to peer down into our lives and trample our rights even further.Then, one day, you’re walking down the street on your way to get groceries or picking the kids up at school when you are stopped by two Officers on the street and asked where you are going,who are you and papers please!
I’ve been trying to warn people of this world we are waking up in for nearly ten years– and usually have been laughed at or called a Paranoid. Okay,fair enough,but I will leave you with some food for thought.Stay tuned for the next installment-“Figures lie and Liars figure”.
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