New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was once asked by NBC’s David Gregory how much he was willing to spend to spread his vision for gun control to every corner of the nation.
“I think I have an obligation as an American and as a citizen, as a human being, to help others. Smoking is gonna kill a billion people this century. I put $600 million of my own money into trying to stop the tobacco companies … That’s one issue. Who knows with this?”
Bloomberg’s comparison of the Second Amendment to smoking totally gave his game away. What he really believes is that our culture of freedom is harmful to us and should be liquidated a step at a time.
Private ownership of arms by peaceable Americans is not akin to smoking. It is intrinsically a wonder of liberty protected by the Bill of Rights that empowers individuals to defend home, family, community and country. It is the great equalizer against violence from all quarters.
Bloomberg recently declared, “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.” Yet, at the same time, he has cynically claimed, “I don’t think there’s anybody that’s defended the Second Amendment as much as I have.”
He says this as to the meaning of his Second Amendment versus ours: “You can read it to say [our Founding Fathers] only talked about militias, or you can read it to say they wanted guns in your pocket. I don’t know, that’s up to you.”
What he really means is “up to Michael Bloomberg and my money.”