Former New York mayor and present-day hoplophobe and generally clueless busybody Michael Bloomberg is piling in to try to stop national CCW reciprocity. Excerpt:
Everytown for Gun Safety and its billionaire founder and funder, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have pledged to spend $25 million to prevent national concealed carry reciprocity from becoming law on Capitol Hill, to increase their gun control efforts in state capitols and to oppose pro-Second Amendment candidates in the rapidly approaching 2018 midterm elections. It’s a whole lot of astroturf.
We know the good news. We have elected a President who has pledged to respect our citizens’ right to keep and bear arms and we have a new Supreme Court associate justice who has said he will respect the Heller decision reaffirming the individual right to keep and bear arms.
As a result, gun owners may think that they can rest easy. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The true believers of the gun control movement will never rest. We have said this before, but it bears repeating. We can never let down our guard.
Underpinning so much of the gun controllers’ arguments, and this is particularly evident in their fight against national concealed carry reciprocity, is the conflation of the legal ownership of firearms with the criminal misuse of guns. It’s a dishonest astroturf tactic that appeals to a political base that has no familiarity with firearms, but it does not ring true.
Just as the gun control groups inveighed against the increase in concealed carry permits on a state-by-state basis, they now argue that national reciprocity will result in increased crime from sea to shining sea.
Every time. Every single furshlugginer time a state legislature proposed opening up their CCW laws, wet-pants types like Bloomberg claimed crime rates would skyrocket. Every time, every furshlugginer time, they were wrong. They’re wrong now.
Jackwagons like Bloomberg don’t seem to be able to differentiate between law-abiding CCW permit holders, which demographic has a lower rate of criminal offenses than the population at large, and criminals – who don’t give a shit about permits and carry any gun they like anywhere and everywhere they please.
There are many reasons to favor national CCW reciprocity. Pissing off Bloomberg isn’t a major reason; but it would make a nice fringe benefit.