Barr vs. Bloomberg, and Guess Which One's Unarmed?

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John Sugg (see his great reason article about phony muckrakers) reports from Georgia on local resistance to Michael Bloomberg's national anti-gun campaign. Two gun stores sued by Bloomberg are battling back with countersuits, and the lawyer for Adventure Outdoors is former Republican Rep. Bob Barr.

"The origin of 90 percent of the guns used in New York crime is out of state," says John Feinblatt, Bloomberg's deputy in charge of gunning for gun dealers. "The truth is that Congress has tied the hands of the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] in enforcing the laws. We had no choice but to raise our voices about dealers who make illegal gun sales resulting in guns reaching the streets of New York City."

Barr counters that his client, Adventure Outdoors, has a long record of cooperating with the ATF—even turning in suspect gun buyers—and he derides Bloomberg's assault as "political grandstanding."

"This is primarily a matter of fundamental fairness," Barr says. "What right do New York officials have to come here and dictate how my client does his business?"

Bloomberg's switch from the GOP to political independence stoked a surge of interest in a third-party presidential run, but a lot of it was shallow. Yes, the man could spend $1 billion funding his own campaign. But he's been a workmanlike, unremarkable mayor and he holds positions like this one that are anethema to the kind of voters who are angry enough to leave the two parties.

In other mixed Bloomberg '08 news, the Associated Press resurrects the salacious sexual harrassment suits that dented Bloomberg in his 2001 mayoral race:

—Bloomberg asked the woman who sued if she was giving her boyfriend "good" oral sex.

– He said "I'd like to do that" and "That's a great piece of ass" to describe women in the office.

—When he found out the woman was pregnant, he told her "Kill it!" and said "Great! Number 16!"—an apparent reference to the number of women in the company who were pregnant or had maternity-related status.

Or maybe he was just quoting Bob Marley?

(Cross-posted at Democracy in America.) 

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  1. “”The origin of 90 percent of the guns used in New York crime is out of state,” says John Feinblatt, Bloomberg’s deputy.”

    We must bring those well-paid gunsmithing jobs back to New York, where they belong. We will do whatever it takes, provide subsidies, use our power of Eminent Domain to provide factory facilities; every tool in the box will come out on this one. This is an excellent opportunity to join the fight against outsourcing, and bring good jobs back to this great city.

  2. I wonder if the people who are committing those crimes are from out of state also. Perhaps it’s time to build a wall around the city.

  3. I’ll bet 90 percent of everything in NY is from out of state, 99% from out of the city. They don’t exactly have that much native manufacturing capacity in Manhattan.

  4. I can’t imagine a more odious argument than ‘the freedom to arm yourself is pollution’.

  5. When he found out the woman was pregnant, he told her “Kill it!”

    . . . but not with a gun bought out of state, because that would be wrong.

  6. “he holds positions like this one that are anethema to the kind of voters who are angry enough to leave the two parties.”

    Weigel thinks there’s only one such kind?

  7. It’s too bad Bloomberg doesn’t have the guts to come out and publicly say that the “sexual harassment” laws are BS and need to be repealed. I’d be much more likely to vote for him then.

  8. “””I wonder if the people who are committing those crimes are from out of state also. Perhaps it’s time to build a wall around the city.”””

    Manhattan already has a moat.

  9. I can never accept a gun control argument from someone who always has a guy with a gun standing next to them.

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