Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Vigilantism: 'It Doesn't Make Any Sense'

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has a rep for being very tough on guns, took to the airwaves this morning to criticize stand your ground laws, which have been thrust into the national spotlight since the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

In an interview with "CBS this Morning," Bloomberg said that this and similar laws -- which let you use deadly force against a would-be attacker if you feel threatened -- work against community safety.

Bloomberg started the interview with a discussion of the federal deficit.

When the interview turned to the Martin case, he eventually pointed to the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the correlation between gun ownership and firearm fatalities as evidence that vigilantism doesn't work.

"It doesn't make any sense," he said. "They don't have the training. They don't have the expertise. There is no oversight. That is the police department's job."

Bloomberg has touted his approach to guns as a way of reducing violence -- especially in minority communities.

But he's gotten lots of flak -- many say that the Mayor's focus on gun control doesn't account for other sources of violence or address police accountability.

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Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno

Yeah, well, Bloomberg would have us stand around while the bad guys waltz into our lives and take what they want, perhaps injuring us along the way.  That's for idiots like Bloomberg and citizens who don't insist on stand-up-for-yourself laws.  Oh, wait!  He goes nowhere without his armed bodyguards and doesn't worry about bad guys waltzing into his life.  Clearly, what's good for us isn't good enough for him.

Loammo2bl
Loammo2bl

Elderly and physically and egregiously abused and threatened to surrender with substantiate by the Judge Ervin f/f as face to face empiricalyI complained about Adult Foster Care "Listening Ear Crisis Center Corporation See SLAPP strategic lawsuits against public participation - think Corporation What's the point? Community Mental Health Director George Rouman replacement, fiduciary comptroller of AFC - LECC Al Kaufmann's wife Director Linda Kaufmann did 1) abolished permanently Recipient Rights Officer Kris Stableford 2) Criminalized and constructionally arrested Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reale (dob 1924) for having reported [think Geraldo Reviri sic documentary NYC Staten Island retarded starving and purposefully injecting hepatic liver to you disease experminting - think Tuskeegee syphilis disease on black men] their autistic son dob 1961, adopted at three months from Michigan Children's Aid Society who said "if'n we'da told ya you wou'n' atook him;" he lost 70 lbs in six weeks quit being fed is fed through stomach at time of eviction from 2599 S. Isabella Road and threatened by Linda Kaufmann that we surrender guardianship with the Judge face to face f/f listening by commission demanded the surrender Why? Says the Judge I don't tell corporations what to do, Parents brutally egregious unconscionably elderly abuse by the criminalization because Director Kaufmann and her husband Allie Kaufmann is program manager State of Michigan Isabella County Department of Human Services (DHS) Criminalized as in not the plaintiff but the defendant but worse the attorney who at no time was committed to the Reale orchestrated the "surrender" because "you incited a riot - you compromized the best interest of your son Raymond just because he starved and embarrassed the State of Michigan further by reporting to the State of Michigan Attorney General and the Governor and the New York Times: either you "recant or fuck you you little bastard. This is all your fault" says Tom Weiss whom the judge would not permit me to fire him, "you are your own worst enemy says Judge Ervin Signed Peter Anthony Reale 1942-1945 U.S. States 20th CBs Battalion S - S-w Pacific- Okinawa - Saipan where I too met my cousin Nickie and my brother Carl and Don Morrissey my gymnast friend fro Long Island City High School - Had Mayor La Guardia not put apparatus, horizental bars parallel bars in empty lots in Astoria L.I., NY I would never had been able to keep my son fifty years

DaMav
DaMav

If Bloomberg, who is personally protected by a small army in his daily life, is really against "Vigilantism" where is his condemnation of the "Dead or Alive" poster from the Black Panther Party?  Bloomberg's idea is that we are all dependent on him for our safety.

Pug
Pug

Right, because it's all about the New Black Panther Party.

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