Bombastic billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose agitation for restrictive gun control has taken a variety of paths, came up with a new one this week. The fabulously rich business information tycoon and antagonist of SGN advertiser Lauer Custom Weaponry suggested that police should go on strike to force legislators to restrict guns.
“I don’t understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe,” he said on CNN.
“Police officers want to go home to their families. And we’re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor piercing bullets.”
One can only imagine what Bloomberg would say if police threatened to strike against, say, the Miranda rule.
Interestingly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hardly a poster boy for gun ownership in the past, jumped on his neighbor:
“Can we at least get through the initial grief and tragedy for these families before we start making them political pawns? I am a little bit disturbed by the politicians who in the immediate aftermath of this type of tragedy try to grandstand on it, and I’m not going to be one of those people.”