Bloomberg's Damaging Gun Control Comments Surface
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A recent tweet from 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg has unintentionally caused outrage from many on the left and the right side of the aisle.
The tweet, shown below, attempts to show that Bloomberg is someone who has been "been working on gun violence for over a decade."
You can see Bloomberg's tweet below:
I've been working on gun violence for over a decade. And as president, I will fight gun violence from every angle and do everything in my power to save lives.
The problem with Bloomberg's statement is that his methods for "fighting gun violence" have been highly controversial.
His practice of stop-and-frisk has been such a mess for him that it even resulted in the necessity of issuing an apology, published by his own media outlet, Bloomberg, which was not well-received by some.
Democratic strategists have said the former New York mayor’s past support for “stop and frisk” is a potential liability in his presidential bid because of its impact on blacks and Hispanics, key Democratic constituencies. Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, who is black, tweeted after Bloomberg’s Nov. 17 apology: “It’s too late for fake apologies.”
Why would he be accused of that?
The answer lies in his constant flip-flopping and highly controversial commentary on minorities with guns, recently brought back into the public's attention,
Below you can read about how Bloomberg stated that if you're a minority male between the age of 15 and 25, that the city needs to take your gun from you.
From the Aspen Times in February 9, 2019:
Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, he said.
“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg said. “They just don’t have any long-term focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun. It’s a joke to pull a trigger.”
It's not hard to see why his statements were controversial, even resulting in Bloomberg himself requesting the blocking of all footage from the speaking event.
Unfortunately for him, that was not all he said that has stirred controversy.
From the Daily Caller:
In other previously unreported remarks from the event, Bloomberg speculated about the types of scenarios in which murders occur — offering a very narrow view of when those tragedies occur.
“It’s all the same group. Nobody in New York gets murdered — if you get murdered the first thing you want to do is [ask] ‘what were you selling or who are your family members.’ Because it just has to be you’re a drug dealer or you [unintelligible] a family quarrel. There’s just no other kind of murder whatsoever,” Bloomberg asserted.
Bloomberg, who heads the pro-gun control group Everytown for America, also spoke about “stop-and-frisk,” a controversial tactic police have used to rid the streets of guns and to cut crime.
“We did a calculation on how many people who would have been dead if we hadn’t brought down the murder rate and gotten guns off the streets,” Bloomberg said. “And the way to get guns out of kids hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.”
Bloomberg also defended the tactic from accusations that it is racist.
“So one of the unintended consequences is, people say ‘Oh, my God you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities,'” Bloomberg said.
“Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes that’s true, why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the first thing you can do for people is to stop them getting killed,” Bloomberg said.
So where does Bloomberg really stand on gun control for minorities and stop-and-frisk?
No one can really say at this point, but the apparent flip-flopping has placed Bloomberg's Democratic credentials into question... does he really qualify in this new age?
And if the Democratic Party discovers that he isn't what he says he is, will he stand a chance at winning the nomination?