New York to Gun Owners: Drop Dead!

New York City Mayor Michael

“Nanny” Bloomberg
, he of the smooth hands and

Nurse Ratched
smirk, made international headlines
with his selective war on smokers. Now, Bloomberg and
the city`s ruling class are preparing to “cure”
the Big Apple of another politically incorrect
constituency: ordinary gun owners.  

Last week, Democrat City
Councilwoman Gale Brewer [
] introduced a resolution calling on the Republican
National Committee “to repudiate the irresponsible
and dangerous policies of the National Rifle
i.e., supporting the

constitutional right
of individuals to bear arms and
defend their

lives, family, and property

Resolution 11 also proclaims that
the city council “objects to the presence of the
National Rifle Association at the 2004 Republican
National Convention”
(to be held in New York City in
August) and demands that the RNC “denounce the
intolerant and inflammatory comments made by members of
the NRA leadership that are offensive to many
communities that bring to the City the diversity that
ensures its vibrancy.”

Taking her marching orders from the
anti-gun lobby, Brewer is making a brouhaha over the
individual opinions of NRA board members on everything
from assimilation to urban crime to the Clinton-Reno
raid on Waco. The supposedly damning
quotes—Florida-based board member Marion Hammer notes

“owning a gun is not a crime;”
national board

Jeff Cooper
argues that Americans

“ought to choose assimilation over diversity;”

provocateur/rocker Ted Nugent says he will wear the
Confederate flag “forever”—have been compiled on

sponsored by the increasingly desperate
Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence.

So what does
Republican-In-Name-Only Mayor Bloomberg think of all
this? He told New York magazine that all of the
NRA leaders` comments were

and in an interview with New
York radio station WLIB on Tuesday, he basically gave

rank-and-file gun owners the bird
. Reacting to the
announcement by two leading national gun rights
organizations, the Citizens Committee for the Right to
Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)
and the

Second Amendment Foundation
, that they have
cancelled plans to hold their 20th annual conference in
New York City as a result of the mayor`s condemnation,
Bloomberg scoffed: “They`re worried about the Second
Amendment rather than the First.”
(The First
Amendment apparently not applying to those who advocate
the Second.)

Nanny Bloomberg continued: “I am
against people carrying guns. Guns kill people. One of
the great scourges we have in the city is that too many
people are carrying guns.”

So will the gun-phobic mayor be
revoking the concealed-carry permits of the city`s

rich and famous
any time soon? Licensed gun-toters

New York City
include record executive Tommy Mottola,
liberal actors Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro, talk
show bigwigs Howard Stern and Don Imus, and
gazillionaires Winthrop Rockefeller and Donald Trump.

While these well-connected gun
owners are free to walk the streets without fear,
nestled in their gated communities and surrounded by
bodyguards, it is average citizens who

suffer the most
from the gun-control paternalism of
the elite.

Remember Lester Campbell, the
80-year-old man from the Bronx who

fought back
with his unlicensed .38-caliber handgun
when a mugger beat him and stole his $262 Social
Security check last year? The assailant fled; the city
charged Campbell with two misdemeanor counts of criminal
possession of a weapon.

What about

Jose Acosta
, the 69-year-old bodega clerk jailed for
using his .22-caliber unregistered handgun to kill an
armed thug who attempted to rob his Harlem grocery
store? Punished for protecting his life and livelihood,
this hard-working, law-abiding legal immigrant from the
Dominican Republic is among untold victims of a system
that subjects businesses and individuals to

Byzantine, insurmountable gun-permit regulations


criminals romp

Mohamed Dramy
, another bodega worker, followed
Bloomberg`s utopian vision. He was totally helpless,
with no weapon in sight, when a gang of thieves broke
into his Harlem deli grocery last year.

The end result? He was

gunned down in cold blood
and died behind his
checkout counter.

The message from New York City to
Second Amendment supporters is clear: Drop dead.

Isn`t it time for gun-owning
entrepreneurs, tourists, and voters to fire back—and

take their business elsewhere?

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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