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Bloomberg: Maybe cops across the country should go on strike until tougher gun control laws are passed; Update: ‘I didn’t literally mean go on strike’

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By Doug Powers  •  July 24, 2012 03:28 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the Aurora shooting by immediately calling for stricter gun control measures, but his follow-up to that is one of the more ridiculous and irresponsible things I’ve heard a politician say in a while — and considering I spend a great deal of time listening to Joe Biden, that’s saying something.

Transcript by way of John Hayward at Human Events:

“I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up, collectively, and say: ‘We’re gonna go on strike. We’re not gonna protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.’ After all, police officers want to go home to their families, and we’re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult – and more importantly, more dangerous – by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, and letting people who have those guns, and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor-piercing bullets,” Bloomberg complained.

My first question is if this “strike” Bloomberg’s calling for would include those officers in the NYPD who are a part of the Big Gulp Crusader’s personal security detail. I think I already know the answer to that.

And now for the inevitable mention of the law of unintended consequences: If people are led to believe that all law enforcement officials might up and abandon their jobs and the public will be completely on its own in an increasingly anarchic environment, what item will find its way onto many shopping lists? Think it through, Mr. Mayor:

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air sets Bloomberg straight:

Perhaps Bloomberg missed a couple of civics lessons in school (which would explain more than a few of his initiatives), but police don’t get to write their own laws and impose them by force on the populace. Neither do they get to decide whether and when they will enforce the law or let criminals run rampant in order to terrorize our communities into complying with their idea of what the law should be. In America, the people create the law, and the police uphold and enforce it. If individual police officers don’t like the law, they can work through the democratic process to change those laws, or they can find another line of work.

Ditto for politicians willing to try to use public safety and fear as pawns for their legislative wants.

Update: The walkback got underway quickly, possibly after somebody informed Bloomberg that he was, you know, encouraging people to break the law:

Mayor Bloomberg appeared to distance himself Tuesday from comments he made on a talk show suggesting that the nation’s police officers should “go on strike” to demand tougher gun laws.
[...]
“I didn’t mean literally go on strike,” he said at a Tuesday event about the economic impact of same-sex marriage. “In fact, in New York, they can’t go on strike. There’s a law against it.”

So, The Nanny wants police to go on a figurative strike?

(Update h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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