BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Gun-phobic New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is like Emperor Nero of Rome; he is â€œfiddling with lawsuitsâ€ and blaming everyone else for New York crime problems while he hasnâ€™t stopped murders from increasing, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œWhile billionaire Bloomberg is so busy pointing fingers at businessmen in other states,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb, â€œthe murder rate in New York has gone up right under his nose. This emperor needs a different tailor, because his current wardrobe, like his rhetoric, is wearing kind of thin.â€
New York reported a nearly 10 percent increase in homicides this year, 579 through Christmas Eve, which included victims who had been shot or stabbed in previous years but only died in 2006.
â€œNew York street criminals are pretty much home-grown troublemakers,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œYet Bloomberg addresses the crimes theyâ€™re committing by trotting around the landscape with his rogue effort to sue firearms retailers in several other states. Instead of leading his police department in a frontal attack against criminals in his own front and back yard, heâ€™s been playing vigilante games.
â€œIf this guy honestly thinks heâ€™s going to bring New York hoodlums to bay by sending a lynch mob of lawyers after business owners in other states,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œall I can say is that Bloomberg really is a blooming idiot.â€
â€œThe fact is, criminals are going to get their hands on firearms, no matter what kind of Draconian gun law Bloomberg and his cronies try to engineer, and no matter how many lawsuits his pin stripe posse files,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œThatâ€™s because gun laws, and harassment lawsuits, only affect honest people. Criminals donâ€™t obey laws, and they sure donâ€™t care about lawsuits filed against some poor guy four states away that they never heard of.
â€œNew York thugs are the problem, and Bloomberg knows it,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œBut instead of rolling up the sleeves of his tailor made shirts and getting down to the street level where the fight against crime is won or lost, Bloomberg rushes to the bright lights of press conference cameras and high dollar luncheons to proclaim what a hero he is. Itâ€™s all show biz, and itâ€™s all fakery. And while his attention is elsewhere, people at home are dying.â€