By Stephen Owsinski
An intriguing and pointed speech at the Aspen Institute transpired on February 6, 2015, highlighting former three-term NYC mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Among the topics of discussion were the legalization of marijuana, education issues, poverty…and Bloomberg’s philosophy to disarm male minorities in efforts to save them from themselves and to reduce crime.
Bloomberg postulated that minority males are largely responsible for the exorbitant number of murders and therefore should be disassociated from firearms. Bloomberg related that 95 percent of homicides are perpetrated by minority males between the ages of 15 and 25, as reported by The Aspen Times. Bloomberg implied that cities must find ways to get guns out of the hands of young black males and that doing so will prevent crimes and “keep them alive.”
“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg told a to-capacity crowd at the Aspen Institute. “They just don’t have any long-term focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun. It’s a joke to pull a trigger,” he expounded.
Known for his stance and unwavering support of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, Bloomberg made widely-public and lawsuit-based declarations against the federal judge who sought to eviscerate the police tactic. Judge Shira Scheindlin cited her ruling to ban the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk activities was overwhelmingly underscored by instances of “a form of racial profiling.” Scheindlin denoted minorities were disproportionately–and therefore unconstitutionally–subjected to NYC cops stopping and conducting unwarranted pat-downs of African-Americans and Hispanics.
From the federal judge’s ruling, a decree was imposed upon the NYPD. Ariel Belen, a former Brooklyn Supreme Court justice, serves as a facilitator. Peter Zimroth, an attorney who serves as a monitor, was selected by Judge Scheindlin to ensure the NYPD refrains from abusing stop-and-frisk instances.
Nevertheless, Bloomberg remains a staunch advocate of stop-and-frisk strategies. In a June 2013 on-air interview by WOR-NY radio host John Gambling, then-Mayor Bloomberg posited that NYPD officers “disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”
To counter his harshest critics, Bloomberg contended: “One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying ‘oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the [crime].”
Offended by Bloomberg’s assertion of disarming minority males for their own good, Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, rebuked the supposition: “If a politician said this about anything other than guns, the mainstream media would be all over them. Michael Bloomberg isn’t just any politician, he is the leading voice for gun control in America. He should be held accountable for this slander.”
King intimated to the media that he likens Bloomberg’s suggestion to the beliefs notoriously held by white supremacy leaders and, as such, expects an apology from the former mayor. Per a Freebeacon.com report, Bloomberg spoke before a largely wealthy, Caucasian audience at the Aspen Institute.
According to Forbes magazine, Bloomberg was worth over $37 billion as of September 2014. His personal wealth is funding Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy entity influencing United States gun reform legislation. Along with former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Bloomberg chartered Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of mayors (formed in 2006) whose mission is “promoting and advocating for common-sense laws that reduce gun violence and save lives.”