By Jackson Marciana
Anyone who has lived in New York City and seen the policies of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg can attest to the fact that the man is out of touch. Whether he is trying to tell people how much of a carbonated beverage they can drink, or promoting the racist “Stop and Frisk” policies of the New York City Police Department, Bloomberg consistently showed, during his tenure as mayor, that he lived in a world where only billionaires like himself mattered.
But now, during a lecture at the Aspen Institute on February 6th, the former mayor literally suggested banning African Americans and Latinos from owning guns… at least until they are much older than their Caucasian neighbors.
Michael Bloomberg is surrounded by private security guards who own and carry guns to protect him. They have been spotted illegally carrying weapons in Washington D.C. The mayor has refused to comment on why he is always surrounded by men with guns if he is so against gun ownership. But make no mistake, former mayor Bloomberg does not have a problem with guns, he has a problem with poor and so-called “minority” communities having the same access, at the same ages, to the firearms that affluent Caucasian communities do.
At first, Bloomberg suggested that young non-Caucasian males should be prevented from owning guns in general, as “an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males ‘alive,’” according to The Aspen Times.
Bloomberg even used the old mainstay of racists commenting on so-called minority communities, saying that having a gun is a joke to “these people.”
According to The Aspen Times, Bloomberg covered a number of topics, of which gun ownership was only one. They reported that as Bloomberg went on with his diatribe, he eased back, saying that minorities should only be banned from owning guns until their are 7 years older than their Caucasian neighbors.
That’s right: guns for Caucasians at 18 years old, but not for African American and Latino citizens until they are 25. His comments were not merely about underage youths. “Cities need to get guns out of [the] … hands” of people who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25,” that means that Caucasians have the right to own firearms at the age of 18, but if you are a“minority,” no guns for you until you are at least 25.
Bloomberg falsely claimed a bogus and uncited statistic, that “95 percent of all murders fall into this category.” Taking guns away from legal owners who happen to be darker than the men on his security detail, will “keep them alive.”
Why? Because they “think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed.” And they think that “it’s a joke to pull the trigger.”
Bloomberg also applauded the man who introduced him, who praised the racist“Stop and Frisk” policy that Bloomberg became famous (or infamous, if you are“minority”) for, saying: ‘You know, if every one of you stopped and frisked your kid before they went out at night, the mayor wouldn’t have to do it.’”
Slate reported, back in 2013, that for the past ten years, “blacks and Latinos have consistently accounted for around 85 percent of stop-and-frisk selectees.”
As well, “according to 2010 census data, blacks and Latinos make up 52.6 percent of New York City’s total population.” But even though that is just about half of the New York population, combined,“in neighborhoods that are predominantly white, black, and Latino New Yorkers face the disproportionate brunt,” according to the New York Civil Liberties Union. “For example, in 2011, Black and Latino New Yorkers made up 24 percent of the population in Park Slope, but 79 percent of stops.”
The NYPD never turned their backs on Michael Bloomberg during his tenure as New York City mayor. I wonder why that is…