Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns

Mike Riggs
Reason.com

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night that he doesn’t “understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”

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.”

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5 Responses

  1. That is a brilliant idea.🙂 And since they are going to be on strike until hell freezes over, they can donate their weapons to me.

  2. With the police & military sharing each others type of
    policing tactics, it’s no wonder the public is in danger.

    • It’s as if no one every heard of the founding fathers warning of not to have a standing army. And it is not authorized by the Constitution.

      As far as cops as we know them – they were never meant to be and did not exist for the 200 years that we were first on this continent nor the first 100 years of this countries existence. They have become the standing army that we were warned about.

      We were free’er and safer without them.

      Kim Jung Saetaro now wants a 3rd standing army of civilian brown shirts. God help us survive the stupidity of the American people.

  3. I live in Canada and handguns are extremely hard to possess. Lots of red tape police checks, rules and regulations up the yang. Our gangs here don’t seem to have the same troubles as the rest of us Canadians. They have plenty. Most of them who get busted have extremely large caches of every sort and description of handgun available.

    Why has the NSA ordered 450 million rounds of 9mm hollow point ammunition? Someone forgot to tell this organization that this ammunition is against the Geneva Convention.

    The larceny of our Courts and of our Governments are almost complete. The rich have been planning this for a very long time and its almost checkmate. I am talking about the bankers who have ruled over every nation for the past 300 years. They know if they don’t seize complete power soon the world is going to wake up and want blood for their treachery!The only hurdle in their way is an America full of arms and a people who will defend their right to freedom and Sovereignty!

    You at the top be warned your 50 000 individuals who have dominated and wielded your vileness on the masses of civilizations the world over is coming to an end. People are beginning to realize 6 billion can not be contained by 50 000. The poor and the impoverished have had enough of your table scrapes and want to live in a more just and honorable world. You have given and taken away once too many times and soon you will all reap what you have sown! Even those you pay to keep you safe will see the light and turn on you. There will be no place on Earth where you can hide.

    Your puppets from the red and blue party all push the same agenda. The illusion of Democracy is a disgrace and the public is starting to see the truth in this. You are now pushing new regulations and laws unhindered. People are starting to see truth in the warnings of others. Before you met in secret places hidden from public scrutiny. Now your meetings are in the open. Your hunger for power will lead to your ruin.

    All the poor need is a leader who will open this sleeping giants eyes and point the way to freedom from oppression and greed.

  4. I just read this article…I live in Canada as I said previously. Cops in my City are way up on the count. They shot a guy for waving an axe around on his front lawn. I watched the news report and the officers had K9s on the scene but didnt think to use this less lethal method. Another drunk dude shot to death waving around a .22 rifle. Why not bean bag or some other less lethal means? One cop was quoted saying about a wife beater he had been called out to many times to deal with said, “someone should do the world and favor and put a bullet in that guy.” About a week later this same officer did the world the favor! In my life time I can recount three officer deaths. Two involved guns one rifle the other a handgun from a dude who wasnt even suppose to be in our country. The other dude ran down a hill with a hundred pound spike belt in his arms and if you can believe this couldnt stop at the bottom to deploy the spike belt and ended up being cut in two by the high speeding car. Another officer shot a man supposedly wielding a knife. Not one Calgary Police officer involved in a shooting has been charged with murder. Every single one cleared of all wrong doing. Calgary’s finest also took out a pit pull who was tied to someones front door. The mailman couldnt deliver the mail so he called in police. Both officers used up their 9mm rounds, Thats 22 bullets and had to go back to the cruiser to get the shotgun to finish the job. Why? Why not leave the dog alone till the owner got home and tell the owner not to tie the dog to the front door? I would condone this if the dog was on the loose and biting people but the dog was harming no one.

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