Michael Bloomberg, Colorado, Republicans, Rolling Stone … and the NRA

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg at Midtown Comics2There’s a storm in the proverbial tea cup surrounding a story about Michael Bloomberg and the National Rifle Association (NRA) that was due to be published by Rolling Stone on Monday, July 14 but was posted early then yanked offline. It has stirred not a little controversy as the Republican former Mayor of New York City bashes the NRA and refers to some conservative areas of Colorado as being so rural they don’t have roads. Google has a cached version of the article from which this excerpt is sourced:

Tell me why you’re still fighting for better gun laws even after leaving office as mayor.
I and the foundation are trying to save lives. Particularly, I want the foundation to focus on things that other people aren’t focusing on. So we took on smoking. We’re working on obesity. Polio, [Bill] Gates is really the spearhead, but we’ve given him a lot of money. Malaria, building a better mosquito. Traffic deaths. Maternal health in Tanzania.

Guns are another one of those things that nobody was willing to take on. 12,000 people get killed with handguns every single year; 19,000 people commit suicide with handguns. And we’re the only country with this problem. That’s why we took this on. But the NRA, and even more right-wing organizations like Gun Owners of America, are so against anything because [they think] it’s a slippery slope. I think if there was an issue of “Could you have your own nuclear bomb?” they might gulp, but they might say, “We should not have a law against that.” In fact, the NRA testified a number of years ago in favor of background checks. They really did! But the trouble is, the NRA is losing numbers to the more right-wing groups, so they can’t cave.

Has running Mayors Against Illegal Guns for the last eight years made you more or less optimistic about this issue?
Well, there are 16 states that already have [background checks], and they’re populated states. So there’s a big chunk of the country that’s already protected by these laws. And, yeah, you’re not going to get everybody until you get to a tipping point, but the fact that you save a lot of lives is not something to sneer at. And the fact that you can’t save every life is not an argument not to try to save any lives.

In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.

Isn’t it dispiriting that Congress was unable to pass national background checks even after Sandy Hook?
I think it’s naïve to think one story in the paper, one massacre, where the press gets in high dudgeon and says, “Everybody reads the story, everybody cares” – there’s not a lot of evidence that that’s true. It’s great theater, but for most people it doesn’t affect their lives…

[more from cached version of the article]

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  • http://facebook.com/goodman Dreg Life

    thanks for tying all those seemingly peripheral terms together

  • Liam_McGonagle

    “It has stirred not a little controversy as the Republican former Mayor of New York City bashes the NRA and refers to some conservative areas of Colorado as being so rural they don’t have roads.”

    That’s nothing. There are some parts of Afghanistan that are so rural they don’t even have feet.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I’ve heard of parts of South Dakota that are uphill, no matter which direction you walk.

  • mannyfurious

    Living in Colorado I can attest that there are indeed some towns without paved roads. And some with only a single paved road. And most of those towns are overwhelmingly conservative.

  • Dingbert

    Screw with NY laws, screw with federal laws, but don’t screw with laws in places you’re not registered to vote.

  • kowalityjesus

    Bloomberg, what an absolute tool-of-an-ass taking on a non-issue. I didn’t have to look far on the logical fallacies poster (the top left corner) to come up with “strawman:”

    “But the NRA, and even more right-wing organizations like Gun Owners of
    America, are so against anything because [they think] it’s a slippery
    slope. I think if there was an issue of “Could you have your own nuclear bomb?”
    they might gulp, but they might say, “We should not have a law against
    that.”’

    Citizen militias require all the weapons that are currently legal to prevent a coup from taking place within the US. Anyone knows there would be a massive army of armed and angry citizens if there were an overt takeover of the govt and nullification of the consitution. Maybe they think the covert takeover and nullification is not going fast enough.

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      ÿ guess citizen militias dumb rednecks are waiting for the non-corporate non-wall street coup? Perhaps that’s why Obama confuses them so?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTcL6Xc_eMM

      • kowalityjesus

        if only there were a button on youtube that says “I hate this.” Guns are the proles’ ticket to delusion. I would hate to make us revert to overt autocracy.

        • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

          Truthfully, I think the distinction only matters to the extent it forces people to confront the harsh realities our paradigm has produced.

          And considering that Violence Is A Tool Of The State®… maybe we need a lil more imagination and lil less lead?

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