BELLEVUE, WA â€“ New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been challenging President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to speak out about gun control, but Bloomberg declined a chance to do it himself at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in September, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms noted.
According to CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, Bloomberg was invited to the 27th annual event, scheduled Sept. 28-30 in Orlando, Fla., but he turned it down.
â€œWhat does it say about someone who demands that others shill for his agenda, but when given the chance to take his fight to the gun rights community, he retreats,â€ Gottlieb wondered. â€œMayor Bloomberg is always quick with his tongue in front of a friendly media audience, or in the confines of a broadcast studio, but when he has an opportunity to meet with people who have differing viewpoints about a fundamental civil right, he takes a powder.â€
This will be the first time in its history that the GRPC is held in the Sunshine State. Among the anticipated speakers will be Mark Oâ€™Mara, defense attorney representing George Zimmerman, the man now charged in the death of Trayvon Martin. The announcement has stirred considerable media attention for the upcoming event.
â€œIt seems odd for a guy like Michael Bloomberg, who rushes to every television news camera and microphone, to avoid what could be a major media event,â€ Gottlieb mused. â€œHeâ€™s been complaining about the â€˜deafening silenceâ€™ from Romney and Obama, but when he is offered the chance to confront gun owners, whose rights he wants to see trampled, he voluntarily puts on a muzzle.
â€œMayor Bloomberg has spent the past several months,â€ he said, â€œestablishing himself as a Nanny State monarch, telling people give up their guns, to drink less soda, eat fewer fries and forego giving baby formula to newborns. Heâ€™s good at criticizing people he calls gun â€˜nuts,â€™ but lately he seems a few cashews short of a full can, himself.
â€œPerhaps heâ€™s worried that a trip to Orlando might end with a sunburn,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œFrom all indications, heâ€™s had a little too much sun already.â€