Trayvon Martin Shooting Prompts Mike Bloomberg To Tell America How To Handle Guns...Again

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Mike Bloomberg wants to tell people in places like Texas what to do with their guns. Good luck with that, bub!
Despite his authority extending no further than the five boroughs of New York City, Mayor Mike Bloomberg is once again trying to dictate gun-control policies for the entire country.

In response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin -- an unarmed Florida teen gunned down by a trigger-happy wannabe cop earlier this year -- the mayor announced this afternoon that he and national African-American leaders are on a crusade to repeal Florida-esque "Shoot First" laws that currently are on the books in 25 states.

"Shoot First" laws -- or "Stand Your Ground" as it's known in Florida -- basically give gun owners carte blanche to shoot someone if they feel their life is in danger. If "life in danger" sounds vague, that's because it is -- and that's the problem with these types of laws.

We don't take issue with the mayor's desire to do away with "Shoot First" laws, it just seems as though it's not his job -- as the mayor of New York -- to tell other states what to do (yes, the announcement was made in an official press release from the mayor's office).

Not to mention, it's a pipe-dream to think the mayor of New York can march into places like Arizona and Texas and tell them how to regulate their firearms.

In any event, Bloomberg holds the National Rifle Association responsible for "Shoot First" laws across the country (click here to read about how the NRA has dumped more cash into New York state campaign coffers than it has anywhere else in the county).

From the mayor's press release:

"It's now clear: the NRA's 'shoot first' laws that have passed in 25 states have undermined the integrity of the justice system, and done serious harm to public safety," said Mayor Bloomberg. "They have sown confusion in police departments about when to make arrests, made it more difficult for prosecutors to bring charges in cases of deadly violence and, most importantly, they have been responsible for a major increase in so-called 'justifiable homicides.' These laws have not made our country safer; they have made us less safe and it's why we're launching a nationwide campaign to reform or repeal shoot first laws. The NRA's leaders weren't interested in public safety.  They were interested in promoting a culture where people take the law into their own hands with a gun and face no consequences for it."

Bloomberg says "Shoot First" laws have led to an increase in justifiable homicides in several states where similar laws are on the books. He offers the following statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (which are flawed -- more on that below):

     Florida cases increased from 12 per year to 36 per year (200 percent), comparing 5 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Texas cases increased from 26 per year to 45 per year (70 percent), comparing 3 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Arizona cases increased from 10 per year to 15 per year (49 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Kentucky cases increased from .5 per year to 6 per year (1,050 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Georgia cases increased from 7 per year to 14 per year (100 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Missouri cases increased from 3 per year to 7 per year (122 percent), comparing 3 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Michigan cases increased from 7 per year to 10 per year (36 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         Oklahoma cases increased from 5 per year to 7 per year (35 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law;

·         South Carolina cases increased from 4 per year to 6 per year (57 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law; and

·         Alaska cases increased from .25 per year to 1.75 per year (600 percent), comparing 4 years before and after passage of the shoot first law.

Bloomberg offers those statistics in an apparent attempt to show that "Shoot First" laws lead to more violence, which is wrong -- based on the statistics, anyway. What the mayor doesn't include in his press release is comparisons of all shooting fatalities in these states over the same time periods. In other words, based on Bloomberg's stats, there's no way to prove that "Shoot First" laws lead to more fatal shootings, or if it's just that some of the shootings are now labeled "justifiable homicide" instead of "murder" because the shooters are now protected by "Shoot First" laws.

All the mayor's stats prove is that more people are probably getting away with murder, not that "Shoot First" laws lead to an increase in violence.

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dikrantulaine
dikrantulaine

Seems to have led to an increase in violence in the Martin family. In arguments with gun owners I have had recently they speak of feeling "safe" when armed. Very little of the awful responsibility of carrying. People are very fearful, I am stumped as to why myself, but these gun laws open a door into a very toxic future. George Z knew about Stand Your Ground (a wee lie there) and, I suggest, felt secure confronting someone he would not otherwise have done. And now that person is dead. We can argue whether his fear is justified, or even his right, but carrying a gun to allay this fear is cowardly and horrific.  I may be disqualified from this topic because I am just not afraid someone at some point is going to attack me. Why so many people feel that way is worth looking into, especially if we are going to add "Mental Illness" to the debate on guns.


Guest
Guest

Dear Mike Bloomberg... I wonder if a cannibal eats your face off. If you want to call a police officer that will "eventually" get there in 20 minutes or more. Will you then understand the Second Amendment? Do you know that many people think your monetary bureaucratic tyrant scum that sells out your citizens to control them. Do you know that the Constitution states on  what to do with tyranny? Because, its obvious your a spoiled, coddled, power hungry tyrant in the form of a white collar that has not one sense or perception of REAL life. You had to be coddled too long in life by mom and dad to not understand. But, one thing is for sure Mike Bloomberg... This is America and not Israel. Your only looking to start a stealth civil war you piece of crap.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno

Just doing his megalomaniacal thing.  He doesn't trust law-abiding citizens who protect themselves.  And I doubt that he'd underwrite a $10 million dollar life insurance policy for every citizen -- covering them just in case the state doesn't protect them.  Afflicted with a little man's complex, he just wants to be the king.  Be patient.  He'll be gone soon enough.

Jerome Almon
Jerome Almon

BLOOMBERG IS A HYPOCRITE-WHAT did he SAY and DO when it came to PLAXICO BURESS vs THE MILITARY GUY THAT GOT CAUGHT WITH A GUN vs THE COPS THAT SHOT THE GUY COMING FROM HIS BACHELOR PARTY? The self appointed BLACK leadership is no different than the self appointed neighbor hood watch captain George Zimmerman. Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Russell Simmons should be charged right along beside him considering their total exploitation of their own people in the worst of ways.  http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DO...  http://www.change.org/petition... 

Sam
Sam

You know it really is interesting, because the boy's motheris starting to come out with her own opinion. I read it at another site(http://thecelebritycafe.com/fe...,but I'm not sure what the hell is going on now with this story. Too muchpublicity, and I still think this man is guilty. In the end, a boy is dead.

stan chaz
stan chaz

We need to bring some good out of this terrible tragedy. The organization called ALEC has actively fostered the spread of  "STAND YOUR GROUND" laws to many states. These are the very same laws that led to the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida....laws that “allow” vigilantes to be judge-jury-and-executioners!  Some mainstream corporations have funded ALEC. BUT... as their funding has been publicized, they have withdrawn their support. Call or write or email the following two ALEC supporters: JOHNSON  and JOHNSON, and STATE FARM ...or ....visit www.pfaw.org/ditchALEC. Please urge these two companies to their cut ties with ALEC. Tell them that they should not want their brands associated with the dangerous laws ALEC promotes -- including voter suppression, NRA-backed “stand your ground” laws, extreme racial profiling laws targeting immigrants, privatizing public education and protecting corporate polluters. If you do not want YOUR hard earned money to be used AGAINST your best interests, then tell State Farm and Johnson and Johnson, in no uncertain terms:  DON’T FUND ALEC! 

Lawman
Lawman

James King is misleading and inaccurate self defense laws. The law in Chicago, NYC and DC almost totally ban firearms. This means nobody would be able to use a firearm for self defense=No "justifiable homicides." If the law in these locations were changed to allow law abiding citizens the right to defend themselves what would happen? Justifiable homicides would increase! According to Bloomberg this is bad but I think it just means people that would have been victims were able to defend themselves. The "Shoot First" laws -- or "Stand Your Ground" laws don't protect people from being prosecuted for shooting without cause. Anyone who uses deadly force must be able to show how and why they felt their life was in danger. No one is allowed to "Shoot First"...this is a scare tactic used by anti self defense people. Also, "Stand Your Ground" doesn't give a right to hunt down and shoot. These self defense laws are a good thing. Overall crime has been reduced in states that have laws making it easier for law abiding citizens to protect themselves. A good thing.

JeffreyJSmith NewYork
JeffreyJSmith NewYork

This is just more of the King Michael behavior. Violent criminals will always find weapons from many sources. Think of the amount of military weapons including of foreign manufacture which have made it into the hands of the lawless on average mostly repeat offenders well known to police. Mike doesn’t like the laws of other states? Well in those states the actual violent crime is a very small fraction of what it is here. What give some Billionaire in Manhattan the right to send private investigators to places like Utah and Arizona? Well, it’s just that Mike basically doesn’t like and has no respect for our system of law and government which is CONSTITUTION based. Mike basically doesn’t believe in the concept of a constitution, sure he wants it like in Israel which doesn’t have any constitution and government can assume any shape and function it pleases and is not answerable to anyone or any legal standard.     JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

Spamjoe
Spamjoe

Considering NYPD routinely spied on NJ Muslims, why is this shocking?

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