There are quite a few Democratic presidential candidates who are pushing for stricter gun control in our nation. However, few are as hypocritical or as ignorant about the Second Amendment and the rights it offers us than former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. And someone has finally called him out on it.
On Monday, during a town hall meeting in Manassas, Virginia, one audience member posed a question to the billionaire candidate. Clarke Chitty, who happens to be a supporter of Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, asked why Bloomberg is pushing for more gun control while refusing to go anywhere without his own “armed security detail.” He also asked if the presidential candidate thought his life was somehow more important than the rest of American voters.
Chitty asked, “How do you justify pushing for more gun control when you have an armed security detail that’s likely equipped with the same firearms and magazines that you seek to ban the common citizen from owning? Does your life matter more than mine or my families or these peoples?”
And he makes a good point.
While Bloomberg wants to rid the average American citizen of certain types of firearms and magazines and brags that he has successfully paved the way for that to happen in Virginia, all of his properties, vehicles, and places of business are outfitted with armed guards who carry the same types of weapons.
This implies that yes, he does think he is somehow more important than you and your life. And his answer to Chitty pretty much proves that.
Bloomberg responded by saying, “Look. I’d probably get 40 or 50 threats every week, okay, and some of them are real. That just happens when you are the mayor of New York City, or you are very wealthy, and if you are campaigning for the president of the United States, you get a lot of threats. So I have a security detail, and I pay for it all myself. They are all retired police officers who are very well trained in firearms.”
So, yeah. Because Bloomberg is rich, because he was once a mayor of the nation’s largest city, and because he is now running to be president, he thinks his life is more important. And while it’s true that he likely receives quite a few more threats than someone of average means, it doesn’t mean that you and I don’t have the right to protect ourselves just like he gets to defend himself.
Secondly, his little comment about all of his guards being “retired police officers who are very well trained,” implies that the average American is not smart enough or has enough experience to own and handle their own firearms.
But that wasn’t all Bloomberg had to say on the matter. He went on to talk about more about the Second Amendment and what he plans to do with it, which he states is not to eliminate it but simply add some “restrictions.” However, his analysis of the current gun laws is so far off that he pretty much admits he has no idea what he is talking about.
Bloomberg said, “The only restrictions which I’m in favor of is to prevent us from selling guns to people with psychiatric problems, criminals, or people that are minors. The law does not apply to guns sold over the internet or in gun shows. Why because those two things came after the law that applies to gun stores was passed, okay. And what I tried to do is just to get every state, because the federal government doesn’t seem to want to do it, to just check before they sell anybody a gun to make sure they are not in one of those categories where people – I think most people would agree – they should not have guns.”
However, as gun-rights activist and radio show host Dana Loesch points out on her social media account, this statement proves Bloomberg is once again making false accusations, trying to rally up support and scare people into taking his side, just like he does with his anti-gun organizations Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.
As Loesch confirms, both internet and private sales are federally restricted and observed. You’d think that someone who has proposed significant gun laws changes would be more knowledgeable about where those laws currently stand. But he doesn’t.
And apparently, neither do most Democrats, or they wouldn’t fall for Bloomberg’s lies.