Since there’s not enough crazy in the world already, a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado was attended by some nut that decided to go all murdery and shoot up the place. 12 dead, 58 wounded. The story has gone on its usual trajectory when these things happen: completely reasonable mourning and questions along the lines of “what the hell set him off?”, followed by screams from some corners for gun control (Frank Lautenberg didn’t even wait for the bodies to be removed before bringing it up) and the inevitable Carousel of Blame — Not Enough Jesus! Too Much Violence in Video Games! Drugs? Sexual Failure?
Not one to fail to take advantage of a tragedy, NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg joined in on the pitch for gun control, beating his long-favorite dead horse. He even suggested a unique method of getting his way on the issue:
In the wake of the horrific massacre in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been one of the few high-profile American politicians speaking out in favor of tighter gun restrictions.
On Monday, he took his case to “Piers Morgan Tonight,” where he argued that police officers in particular should throw their support behind gun control. “I don’t understand why the 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,’” he said. (emphasis mine)
So if his suggestion were taken up, police would just go away and not come back until the right to bear arms got flushed down the toilet. Well, here’s some information to weigh with regards to Bloomberg’s proposal:
- “Deputies shoot, kill man after knocking on wrong door“
- Anaheim police corner and kill an unarmed man, then attack protestors of the action. This includes a K9 being let loose at a baby.
- Cops shoot an unarmed 19 year old. Reason they were even there? Underage drinking. They even delayed his surgery for the wounds at the hospital so they could question him.
- Drunk driver leads Massachusetts police on chase. Drunk driver turns out to be police captain. Police Captain let off to resume job in days.
- Georgia cops shut off a device that alleviates a man’s Tourette’s Syndrome symptoms, then beat him when he (for obvious reason) starts losing control.
- Illinois cop beats pregnant girl leading to her miscarriage.
- Rhode Island cop wheel-kicks a sitting-down and handcuffed woman in the f$%#ing head. Serves no jail time for the offense, and could possibly get his job back.
I say to this proposal then, yes! Cops, go on strike in protest of private firearm ownership! We’ll be right here, deliberately not passing the legislation that would bring you back, and popping bottles.
Edit: Mike Riggs at Reason has even more examples.