BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the wrong man to speak about self-defense in a city that is a virtual victim disarmament zone because of his policies, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Mayor Bloomberg criticized a reporter during a press conference for asking what he thought about two New York Police patrolmen opening fire on a gunman last week, killing him and wounding several bystanders in the process.
â€œLet me ask you, Miss,â€ Bloomberg said, â€œif somebody pointed a gun at you and you had a gun in your pocket, what would you do?â€
â€œThereâ€™s just one big problem with Bloombergâ€™s remark,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œIn his city, under his Draconian gun regulations, it is nearly impossible for a private citizen to have a gun in his or her pocket for personal protection, and he knows it.
â€œIn other cities, in states where right-to-carry statutes have been adopted, citizens can respond to a life-threatening situation just as the mayor implies,â€ he added. â€œBut in the Big Apple, youâ€™re in big trouble if you walk around with a gun in your pocket, unless you happen to be a well-connected elitist who can secure a carry permit.â€
Noting that armed private citizens are able to defend themselves and others from criminal attack, Gottlieb suggested that Mayor Bloomberg needs to â€œback up his words with action.â€
â€œIn a city where officials complain about all the so-called â€˜illegal gunsâ€™ being carried by criminals,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œa reasonable person might wonder why they donâ€™t level the playing field by making it easier for law-abiding citizens to arm themselves against gun-toting thugs.
â€œMayor Bloomberg, of course, has his own armed security,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œThatâ€™s a luxury not enjoyed by his constituents, who donâ€™t have the option of carrying a gun in their pocket, purse or even a good holster. For him to intimate otherwise, while badgering a reporter in the process, is disingenuous at best.â€