BELLEVUE, WA â€“ While Michael Bloomberg has been running around blaming gun laws in other states for his cityâ€™s crime problems, eight New York City police officers were allegedly involved in a gun smuggling operation â€œright under his nose,â€ the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Reuters reported that eight officers have been charged in connection with the case. All were working in Brooklyn, and according to the District Attorneyâ€™s office, they â€œexploited their experience and credentials to assist in a variety of schemes involving the illegal interstate transportationâ€¦â€ of guns, cigarettes, counterfeit goods and slot machines, the news agency said.
â€œIf I were a member of Bloombergâ€™s Mayors Against Illegal Guns,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œIâ€™d say it was time for Bloomberg to mind his own business. While he was busily suing legitimate gun dealers all over the country and going on television to brag about it, he should have been paying closer attention to what was happening in his own back yard. After all, it was his city employees that have been charged in this illegal gun trafficking scheme.â€
Gottlieb said Tuesdayâ€™s revelation clearly underscores what is wrong with Mayor Bloombergâ€™s relentless campaign to â€œerode gun rights through the demagoguery of public office.â€
â€œBloombergâ€™s fiasco is steeped in irony,â€ Gottlieb continued, â€œbecause this New York gun trafficking operation was happening right under the mayorâ€™s nose, and he didnâ€™t even know about it. He was paying too much attention to telling everyone else what was wrong with their gun laws, when he couldnâ€™t even keep his own cops from breaking the gun laws he thinks should be used as a model all over the country
â€œIt may be time for Bloomberg to stop looking everywhere else for gun trafficking activity and focus his attention closer to home,â€ he observed. â€œItâ€™s pretty hard to accuse citizens in other states of feeding New Yorkâ€™s illegal gun trade when some of Bloombergâ€™s own cops appear to be up to their badges in it.â€