By Rob Olive
Michael Bloomberg's group, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," issued an apology for his group's characterization of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a "victim of gun violence." The group says he shouldn't have been included on the list of victims. They claim Slate.com provided the list and it wasn't properly scrubbed. Slate is unapologetic, however, saying that, of course he was included on the list, since it is "a pure accounting of deaths... regardless of cause and without comment."
The list also included "wrongdoers killed by law enforcement," according to Slate. This "accounting" of ALL deaths involving the use of a firearm reveals the mindset of Slate, Bloomberg, and the rest of the control-freak community: If there wasn't access to firearms, society would be much better off, and that we should pass all of the bans and registration schemes proposed by Bloomberg.
Inconvenient little examples such as Chicago would tend to argue against that mindset, however, since gun control in the Windy City is some of the strictest in the country and it happens to be the murder capital of the U.S (in total number of murders committed). Bloomberg and his ilk would like to make this a "gun problem." In reality, however, we have a "gang problem" in some U.S. cities and those of us who do not contribute to that problem should not (and WILL NOT, in my case) be held responsible for it. Welfare states have been created in many of the most violent cities in the U.S., including Bloomberg’s own NYC. That’s something that many liberty-minded people have argued against for decades and now the welfare state creators (and those who derive their power from that dependency) want to use the results of their folly to deprive us of our liberty? I don’t think so. [more...]