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Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns
Reason ^ | 7-24-12 | mike riggs

Posted on 07/25/2012 7:51:49 AM PDT by TurboZamboni

We've been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.”

Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong: In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps. In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects the same year--22 percent of those people were unarmed.

As Scott Reeder reported at Reason this morning, "Farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."

And as Choire Sicha wrote earlier this year, "2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year." Bloomberg, the commander of "the seventh biggest army in the world" went on to say that "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.’’

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; bloomberg; bloomturd; control; guns; police; reason; shootings
The statistics say that the jobs of police officers are getting increasingly safer. After all, even the smallest departments now have access to battle-tested body armor, weaponry, vehicles, and unmanned drones; SWAT and raid training courtesy

But what about the rest of us? What about Kelly Thomas, who screamed for his father while five cops beat him to death? Or Patricia Cook, shot to death by a deranged alcoholic with a badge? Or Andrew Scott, killed during a wrong-door raid? Or Nick Christie, gagged and pepper-sprayed to death by prison guards? Or Seth Adams, shot four times by a cop behind his family business, then left to die? Or Wendell Allen, who was unarmed when a New Orleans cop shot and killed him during a raid? Or Ramarley Graham, the 18-year-old New Yorker shot and killed by plainclothes cops for trying to flush a small bag of marijuana down the toilet? Or Kyle Miller, killed by Colorado police for waving a BB gun in the air? Or Todd Blair, killed by Utah police for raising a golf club above his head?

That's a smattering of names from the last year or so. A complete list is impossible, though you could spend months culling names from local media outlets. It would be significantly longer if we included people who were shot, but didn't die; or people who were just shot at by cops. It would be exponentially longer if we included people who were beaten, intimidated, wrongly arrested/incarcerated, or otherwise abused by police officers. Didn't these folks want to go home to their families? Didn't they want to be safe when they were in their homes with their families?

1 posted on 07/25/2012 7:51:55 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
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2 posted on 07/25/2012 7:54:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: TurboZamboni

Not the Maryland unmarked police car laser/radar speed traps too?


3 posted on 07/25/2012 7:57:54 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obam-ney Care ))
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To: Iron Munro

Does Bloomy have security guards that carry guns or do they just queerly fight off an attacker?


4 posted on 07/25/2012 8:00:22 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Iron Munro

Does Bloomy have security guards that carry guns or do they just queerly fight off an attacker?


5 posted on 07/25/2012 8:00:40 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: TurboZamboni
This guy is out of his bloomberging mind.

FYI, coffee snorted out your nose hurts. Some threads need warnings.

6 posted on 07/25/2012 8:02:28 AM PDT by bgill
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To: dragonblustar

This man is not good for America....his way or the highway?
New York is so full of foreigners who were raised under dictators and Socialist governments that they don’t see the conflict with true freedom...this Mayor should be ashamed of himself playing off the fears of former oppressed people.


7 posted on 07/25/2012 8:04:12 AM PDT by yoe
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To: TurboZamboni

BOSTON, MASS., Sept. 14, 1919

MR. SAMUEL GOMPERS

President American Federation of Labor, New York City, N.Y.

Replying to your telegram, I have already refused to remove the Police
Commissioner of Boston. I did not appoint him. He can assume no
position which the courts would uphold except what the people have
by the authority of their law vested in him. He speaks only with their
voice.
The right of the police of Boston to affiliate has always been
questioned, never granted, is now prohibited. The suggestion of
President Wilson to Washington does not apply to Boston. There the
police have remained on duty. Here the Policemen’s Union left their
duty, an action which President Wilson characterized as a crime against
civilization. Your assertion that the Commissioner was wrong cannot
justify the wrong of leaving the city unguarded. That furnished the
opportunity, the criminal element furnished the action. There is no right
to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time. You
ask that the public safety again be placed in the hands of these same
policemen while they continue in disobedience to the laws of
Massachusetts and in their refusal to obey the orders of the Police
Department. Nineteen men have been tried and removed. Others
having abandoned their duty, their places have, under the law, been
declared vacant on the opinion of the Attorney-General. I can suggest
no authority outside the courts to take further action. I wish to join and
assist in taking a broad view of every situation. A grave responsibility
rests on all of us. You can depend on me to support you in every legal
action and sound policy. I am equally determined to defend the
sovereignty of Massachusetts and to maintain the authority and
jurisdiction over her public officers where it has been placed by the
Constitution and law of her people.

CALVIN COOLIDGE
Governor of Massachusetts


8 posted on 07/25/2012 8:05:19 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: TurboZamboni

A police strike, as Bloomberg figured out a day late, is illegal in itself.
Bloomberg’s strike would be for the purpose of curtailing the citizenry’s constitutional rights. The mayor urged an unlawful rebellion by government employees against their employers, the people.


9 posted on 07/25/2012 8:05:28 AM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: TurboZamboni

SPIDERMAN! Save us!


10 posted on 07/25/2012 8:06:23 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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I have a better idea! Why don’t taxpayers go on strike until idiots like Mike Bloomberg are gone!


11 posted on 07/25/2012 8:08:54 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Iron Munro
Bloomberg wants to disarm Americans so only government has arms..

Is this guy some kind of Nazi dictator extremist?

12 posted on 07/25/2012 8:13:16 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: TurboZamboni

That would’ve changed the outcome in Aurora Colorado.

/sarcasm


13 posted on 07/25/2012 8:14:12 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: TurboZamboni

Here is the plan... force people off of the open lands and into the cities (see Agenda 21) for CONTROL.

When the people arrive, the rules will already be in place.

NY is a perfect example of how NOT to treat a free people.


14 posted on 07/25/2012 8:18:22 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: TurboZamboni
The should be a law making it illegal for anyone that lives in a secured housing unit, works in a secured building and has round the clock armed body guards to speak publicly about gun control or gun laws.
15 posted on 07/25/2012 8:22:34 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: TurboZamboni

You think Bloomberg is scary?

There are between 600,000 to 750,000 voters in NY City who voted him into office as mayor - THREE TIIMES.

And they are still out there, breeding and voting.


16 posted on 07/25/2012 8:32:40 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: TurboZamboni

NYC could become like the old London, back when it was civilized, when citizens were armed, and cops carried whistles. Whenever a cop needed backup, the people were there. It was a much better system than the police state they have now, far less crime.


17 posted on 07/25/2012 8:34:33 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Iron Munro

I think that Mr. Mayor has slipped off the rails. Perhaps the citizens of NYC should start thinking about a recall so he can retire and get the care he so obviously needs.


18 posted on 07/25/2012 8:36:04 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Does Bloomberg also support the DOT going on strike during the next snow storm?


19 posted on 07/25/2012 8:47:57 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Bigun
Why don’t taxpayers go on strike until idiots like Mike Bloomberg are gone!

Some are just plain gutless. Others are unwilling to sacrifice anything for their country, such as their freedom or even some income. Striking and quite legally depriving the govt of funds would be so inconvenient -- for people never too busy or too tired to sit at their keyboards grumbling and/or chestbeating. Armchair patriots, keyboard revolutionaries -- pah!

20 posted on 07/25/2012 8:52:07 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Excellent idea!

Make the strike official and PUBLIC.

I guarantee, 24hrs without cops on the street and gun control efforts would be set back to pre-1935 levels. Nothing like an unamed citizen and an off-hook signal on 911 to get things moving.


21 posted on 07/25/2012 9:00:56 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: TurboZamboni

I wonder what Bloomy packs? (besides his half-wit)


22 posted on 07/25/2012 9:19:47 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: TurboZamboni
As long as the strikers are not paid and Bloomberg also loses any taxpayer subsidized security detail. Go for it Bloomy. While they are on strike, those of us with CCW (or not) will carry without concern that any cops will be on duty to arrest us for exercising our 2nd amendment rights. The consequence might actually be a lower level of criminal activity when citizens aren't relying on cops for security. The cops have no duty to protect you. They are restrained from acting until a law has been violated. By that time, the set of events set in motion may have fatal consequences. The cops arrive to clean up after the crime has been committed.
23 posted on 07/25/2012 9:20:38 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: TurboZamboni

LEO’s on strike? The only way we could tell is if they stop writing speeding tickets.


24 posted on 07/25/2012 9:24:31 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: TurboZamboni

Bloomy is getting into Shelia Jackson Lee territory now.


25 posted on 07/25/2012 9:28:36 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: TurboZamboni

Bloomberg has been pushing the limits of dictatorial stupidity for years. The people who put this fascist loon in power deserve him.


26 posted on 07/25/2012 9:57:33 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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His rabid anti-gun nuttery is the stuff of legend.


27 posted on 07/25/2012 10:04:24 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Old bloomie can kiss my rebel butt. My harmless innocent child was murdered with a 2 ft section of FENCE POST, where is his call for a ban on them?

I CCW..to protect myself from that killer, who made threats to kill any one who testified against him from JAIL...I spent 14.5 yrs keeping his socio-pathic butt in prison. WHAT PART OF SHALL NOT INFRINGE DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

I also live in the crime capitol of TN...Memphis, where the nightly news first 10-15 mins is nothing but murder or attempted murder, or shootings.

And doctor mistakes kill more people than guns.

As of yesterday 552 people died in traffic accidents on TN highways this year...where is the car ban hue and cry?


28 posted on 07/25/2012 10:05:45 AM PDT by GailA (IF U donI 't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: dragonblustar; All

Bloomberg has a platoon of New York’s flatfooted finest carrying full auto weapons to guard “the Nanny”. He isn’t saying he will go unprotected just you peasants.


29 posted on 07/25/2012 11:40:35 AM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: TurboZamboni

Apparently Bloomberg is off his meds again.


30 posted on 07/25/2012 2:29:50 PM PDT by RichardW
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To: TurboZamboni

Wjen exactly did it bevome my role in life to make a cop’s job easier or safer?
It is their job to do as we asked, while operating within the restrictions we set.


31 posted on 07/26/2012 6:28:07 AM PDT by LevinFan
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