The hypocrisy of left-wing gun control activist has never been more evident than in the political platitudes of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. With one hand he does all he can to deny private citizens the right to protect themselves, and with the other hand he does what only all the rich and powerful can do—he pays for armed protection for himself and his family.
There is no better example of left-wing snobbery when it comes to gun control than in the billionaire’s support for an armed private police force at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
After meetings with city officials earlier this week, Bloomberg told Baltimore Sun reporters: “When you have a city that has the murder rate that Baltimore has, I think it’s ridiculous to think that [the University] shouldn’t be armed.”
Those who follow the news understand Bloomberg’s support for gun-control ends at the gates of interests. Since graduating in 1964, the ex-mayor has donated billions of dollars to Johns Hopkins. From 2013 to 2017 he gave $1.1 billion to his alma mater to be followed by $1.8 billion later in November 2018. The University described that donation as the “largest ever contribution to any education institution in the United States.”
Much of Bloomberg’s donations have gone toward his own brainchild – The Center for Gun Policy and Research – housed at Johns Hopkins.
Like any good capitalist businessman Bloomberg understands his investment needs protection and it won’t come from the city of Baltimore. He explained, “[One] of the things I do hear all the time from people who are trying to decide where their kids are going to go to college, they are worried very much about the crime rate, and when they want to go to a hospital, they worry about the crime rate.”
The end of the matter is that Blomberg’s plan ensures the students, who pay $50,400 per year in tuition, and faculty are protected from the violent crime that is engulfing Baltimore.
The Sun reported that Bloomberg was in Annapolis to push for the armed private police force while at the same time pressuring state lawmakers to embrace his radical gun control agenda.
Last year, the city of Baltimore saw 300 homicides. In 2017, statistics from the FBI show the city has the second highest crime rate of any city in the U.S. with a population 500,000.
Bloomberg has a long history of favoring armed protection for himself and his interests while advocating disarming private citizens.
During the former mayor’s reign in New York City, he described the NYPD as “my own army.” Upon his exit from office, he took what the New York Post described as his “most trusted NYPD bodyguards” to ensure they didn’t “spill any of his secrets.”
No thinking conservatives fault Bloomberg for protecting himself. No thinking capitalist faults the 20 or so NYPD officers who retired with 20-year pensions to take six-figure private jobs to work for their ex-boss.
After the Parkland school shooting Texas Senator Ted Cruz said the hypocrisy of liberals on gun-control is like their stand on climate change. “They fly their private jets to a conference, step out and say, ‘Global warming is terrible. Let’s take away everything from the working men and women.’ And then they get back on their private jet and fly back. Same thing on gun control. If you have a bevy of armed security officers protecting you, maybe you shouldn’t be trying to strip Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens.”
When Shannon Watts founder of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense” was questioned about her use of armed security at an NRA convention in 2014, she sounded like she spoke from a Bloomberg approved script. She defended the use of private armed security to The Blaze saying, “[It’s] people on your side of the debate [who] threaten our lives.”
It should come as no surprise that “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense” and “Everytown for Gun Safety” received $50 million from Bloomberg before the aforementioned convention in Indianapolis. The money not only paid for security but picked up the tab for hundreds of activists and gun violence survivors that attended the NRA convention.
For the majority of Americans, purchasing their own gun and ammunition as well as the required license fees is less expensive than hiring armed security for even one day.
Unlike Michael Bloomberg, who wants Washington to take your guns, not his.