Uber Nanny Stater Michael Bloomberg was the first to politicize the tragedy in Aurora. It makes sense that Bloomberg would be in favor of gun control: petty men who want to control every aspect of their citizens’ lives hate the idea of an armed citizenry. But now he’s taken it a step further into douchebaggery:
Mayor Bloomberg opened a new front in the war over firearms when he went on TV to call on cops nationwide to walk off the job until politicians tighten gun-control laws.
“I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re going to go on strike. We’re not going to protect you. Unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe,’” Bloomberg said on CNN Monday night.
It appears that even Bloomberg and his power-worshipping sycophants have realized how stupid this sounded. They’re now saying he was just “making a point”. Making a point? By calling on cops to do something that would endanger the public and is, in many places, illegal?
But that “defense” is revealing about the real intention behind the rhetoric. Having failed to get the public panicky about guns with their standard “you could get shot at any moment” rhetoric, the anti-gun crowd are falling back on the “War on Cops” rhetoric that politicians generally and Bloomberg specifically have used to defend … everything. Most recently, this was used to defend NYC’s ridiculous and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policy that has resulted in more black men being frisked than there are black men and an insane number of marijuana busts.
In 2008, ten times more
civiliansregular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps.
In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects the same year–22 percent of those people were unarmed.
As Scott Reeder reported at Reason this morning, “Farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
And as Choire Sicha wrote earlier this year, “2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year.”
But as much as I like the work of Mike, Ken and Radley and would like to have their babies, I think they are missing the key point here: Bloomberg isn’t really running on the War on Cops theme. He’s using it as a shield for his own Nanny State ambitions. Bloomberg is in favor of strict gun control. But he can’t just say, “I don’t like the idea of you idiot plebs having guns”. So he has to hide behind the cops.
And I don’t think his strike rhetoric was rhetorical. In the aftermath of Aurora, the anti-gun crowd are wondering just why events like this don’t start a “conversation” about gun control (“conversation” being Liberalspeak for “everyone agreeing with us”). I’m actually encouraged that the American people are not panicking about an isolated incidence of horrific violence (gun crime and murders are down — way down off their peak). It shows a lot more maturity than I’ve come to expect.
But the failure to panic isn’t sitting well with people like Bloomberg who are always hoping a tragedy will propel their ideas into law and themselves into power. Perhaps, they hope, a larger convulsion — such as cops going on strike — would galvanize the public to support their agenda.
Politicians — especially power-hungry politician like Bloomberg — rely on fear and hysteria to maintain and expand their power. But after a decade of being constantly terrorized about everything from terrorists to playgrounds, I think the American people are getting terrified out. Maybe … unlikely, I admit, but just maybe … the public is developing some much-needed cynicism about politicians and a desperately-needed resistance to their constant attempts to frighten us into surrendering more of our freedom.
The idea; the faintest possibility of an American public slightly less terrified by political hobgoblins scares people like Bloomberg. And so … he calls on the police to create a real danger to the American public.