by A.D Lelong
Imagine a world
where all adults are put into a giant playpen, and guarded by adolescent
babysitters. Welcome to the world of New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg. It is a world where all adults are treated like children.
Where dangerous things are labeled, "keep out of reach of children."
It is a world where they are not permitted to exercise responsibility.
It is a world where only "experts" can be trusted.
The week of
the Virginia Tech (VPI) shooting, Bloomberg assembled a bunch of
mayors in Newark N.J. to discuss gun violence and gun control, his
new favourite subject. At one point, the normally self-controlled
mayor became quietly enraged. Bloomberg said this:
think of anything dumber than to say, "Let’s give all students
on campus a gun. The only thing that's......It's.....It's...In....In...In
some sense....uh...ah...I hate to even answer the question, because
First of all
notice the assumption, "...give all students guns," as
if they were toddlers that some fool parent would entrust with a
12-bore shotgun. I know of no one who proposes that the government
or the school give them guns. What I have heard is that these adult
students future engineers, architects, and soldiers (VPI
has a corpse of cadets and has a military program) not be
forbidden from having their own guns on campus. I just read a biography
of Theodore Roosevelt. He kept several hunting rifles in his room
at Harvard. A lot of ex-WW2 veterans in college had guns in their
closet. Remember, the first shootings took place in a dorm. If he
had been taken out there by a hunter or target shooter, the other
students would still be alive.
world people should not be allowed to defend themselves with firearms
against armed maniacs. Instead they should be locked in their playpens,
with the armed bad boy, until the adults get there to deal with
the schoolyard fight. Bloomberg thinks guns should be kept out of
the reach of children. Children include any adult who is not in
law enforcement, licensed private security, or the military; in
other words, those who are not "experts." Anyone who disagrees
with him by practicing ancient common sense, or who thinks he should
exercise his own judgment instead of those of others is sick.
This is the
same Bloomberg who thinks that business owners should not be allowed
to set smoking policies in their establishments, or that restaurant
cooks must not be allowed to determine what ingredients go into
their cooking. The reason that Bloomberg ALWAYS gives for his decrees
is that they save lives. Bloomie wants to be your father.
Here is how
Bloomie saves lives. On the exact same day he told rational people
they were sick, we had a murder suicide in Queens. A 20-year-old
man, with a history of mental disturbances, shot and killed his
mother, his mother’s invalid boyfriend, and the boyfriend's hired
nurse. He then wounded a nephew, and turned the gun on himself.
Before the incident, the mother three times tried to get the cops
to do something, but they said she needed a court order. The victim's
sister said, "He was threatening to kill her, and she told the police
everything. The police said we can't do anything about it."
Had it not
been for the VPI story, or the huge N.J. flooding, this story would
have made page one, and led the TV and radio news. Bloomberg would
have had to make a speech. He would have blamed guns and not the
system for three dead people. He might even blame gun dealers in
VA. After all, he has set up sting operations to entrap Va. gun
dealers. He would have said that we need "to study" the procedures
for domestic violence in the courts, and appoint a special deputy
mayor to look into this......etc...etc.
Imagine a world
where they criminalised owning a fire extinguisher. Now imagine
forbidding people to use fire escapes, saying that they are too
dangerous, and you can fall; that they are only for "professional
use" for firefighters to climb up and save you. Imagine owners of
office buildings getting on the P.A. system telling people to stay
in their offices during a big fire. This last one I didn’t make
up. It happened on 9-11 when the first plane hit. All those who
blew off the commands are alive. All who did what they were told
One of the
reasons the planes hit the WTC, is because passengers and crewmembers
on the flights did what they were told. They were told not to resist
– to submit. They banned guns even from the cockpit and the captain
many, of whom are ex-Air force or Navy. They used to be in charge
of weapons policy on their planes, as a ship master is on his ship,
but that changed in the 1960’s. In Bloomberg’s world we can trust
pilots to fly hundreds of people 30,000 feet over US population
centers, but we can't trust them to safeguard their passengers.
I guess they need a background check.
world, as in most of today's establishment America, is about spin
and taking credit if the policy works. When it doesn't, as it usually
doesn't, they blame the other party, call for more studies, for
more funding, for more of the same laws that force us into the role
of the child. They patronise us.
Dr. Christopher Flynn is comfortable in Bloomberg’s world. He is
the Director of the Counseling Center at VPI. He was on ABC's Good
Morning America. He talked a lot about closure and the grieving
process whilst they ran video of students hugging and weeping. He
said that the system worked, and that the killer was released from
psychiatric treatment because there was no reason to believe he
was dangerous. He said it's impossible to track mental cases in
society. He said we need more funding for mental health and blamed
Ronald Reagan for cutting it off.
world is all about making a show at saving lives and taking credit,
they must make it easier on the paid babysitters guarding the playpen
at the expense of the adult toddlers. So we see the lunacy of locking
the students in with the killer. This is to make it easier on the
cops, who are in business of catching guys for the prosecutor’s
office or the coroner’s office preferably the latter. They are
also not going to commit suicide. So they contain the gunman in
a building with unarmed people while they, the cops, prepare by
getting into body armour.
Just why is
it that these people are called experts and are allowed to have
massive firepower, but taxpayers who pay their salary are not? Is
it that they are trained in the use of firearms? Well, the NRA and
other gun organisations give firearm training. Is it that they undergo
extensive "tactical combat" training, that they are trained on which
tree to hide behind whilst unarmed people are getting slaughtered
by a madman? Is it that the future engineers and physicists of VPI
are too stupid to learn how a mechanical device like a pistol or
rifle or shotgun operates? And it seems that most of this training
is more like military training not the training of a peace officer.
I covered a
trial ten years ago in Wilmington N.C. It involved an army Sergeant
who went off his nut at Ft. Bragg and shot up a diner in Fayetteville
N.C. killing 4 people. One of the patrons ran out the door to his
truck to get his rifle. He was met by a cop who had just arrived.
He wasn't arrested. He with his rifle, and the officer crawled to
the restaurant door and shot and wounded the killer. No body armour,
no histrionics, just two guys who needed to do something RIGHT THEN
AND THERE. They knew they had the upper hand and they had the confidence
to do it. Bloomberg calls this John Wayne behaviour.
The world is
increasingly becoming Bloomberg’s world, a world of pathetic whining
children. Maybe it’s just me, but when I look at the college kids
of today, I actually DO see children. Why is it, when I look at
old college class pictures I see adult men and women? They look
different, even though they are the same age in the pictures. What
effect does this patronizing have on kids? Is the Bloombergian world
creating perpetual children?
to be more "disaffected" kids who fantasise about murdering people.
Why are there more and more kids listening to really violent music,
playing fantasy video games about killing people? Why did Mr. Cho
make a tape of his infantile ranting and send them to NBC? Why did
NBC air them and turn this guy into a hero for other freaks? Is
the powerlessness that increasingly forbids people from acting like
adults in the Bloombergian world having a disastrous affect on the
human psyche? I don’t know. Just a thought.
Bloomberg’s world that, "...is sick."
Lelong [send him mail] grew
up in the NYC area. He started in radio in North Carolina as a reporter.
In 1994 he moved back to New York City where he has been working
as a producer and newsroom sound editor for a news-talk radio station.
He currently lives in Queens and enjoys skeet and sporting clays
shooting, bird hunting, and sailing.
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