When it comes to touting the merits of draconian gun laws or his infamously flawed stop-and-frisk offensive, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has never met a microphone he didn’t like. Well, that is, until now.
Perhaps, in the spirit of coming together to discuss and debate the issue of gun control in America, the event planners of the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) extended an invitation to Bloomberg, who heads the gun control advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Unsurprisingly, Bloomberg declined the invitation, which compelled at least one individual within the gun community to challenge Bloomberg on the grounds that he is a hypocrite.
The reasoning behind this accusation is rather simple, Bloomberg’s latest gun control campaign, “Demand a Plan” is designed to push President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to speak out about gun control. Meanwhile, Bloomberg himself will not speak to gun owners directly about his own agenda.
“What does it say about someone who demands that others shill for his agenda, but when given the chance to take his fight to the gun rights community, he retreats,” posited Alan Gottlieb, the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, in a press release.
“Mayor Bloomberg is always quick with his tongue in front of a friendly media audience, or in the confines of a broadcast studio, but when he has an opportunity to meet with people who have differing viewpoints about a fundamental civil right, he takes a powder,” Gottlieb continued.
The 27th annual conference is scheduled for Sept. 28-30 in Orlando, FL, and would have given Bloomberg an opportune chance to reach out to law-abiding gun owners.
“It seems odd for a guy like Michael Bloomberg, who rushes to every television news camera and microphone, to avoid what could be a major media event,” Gottlieb mused. “He’s been complaining about the ‘deafening silence’ from Romney and Obama, but when he is offered the chance to confront gun owners, whose rights he wants to see trampled, he voluntarily puts on a muzzle.”
If Bloomberg did decide to go, he would not be the only guest speaker to cause a stir for attending the GRPC. Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara will be in attendance, a decision that has garnered considerable media attention. O’Mara is currently representing George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
But alas! For whatever reason, Bloomberg has refused.
“Mayor Bloomberg has spent the past several months,” Gottlieb said, “establishing himself as a Nanny State monarch, telling people give up their guns, to drink less soda, eat fewer fries and forego giving baby formula to newborns. He’s good at criticizing people he calls gun ‘nuts,’ but lately he seems a few cashews short of a full can, himself.
“Perhaps he’s worried that a trip to Orlando might end with a sunburn,” Gottlieb concluded. “From all indications, he’s had a little too much sun already.”
In all seriousness, if Bloomberg wants to do anything along the lines of gun control, he’s going to need to, at one point or another, make an appeal to the 100 million gun owners in this country. Without the support of the gun community, nothing he’s pushing for will get done – a tough reality I’m not sure he understands, especially considering his radical stance on the issue (one would assume that a real reformer would be open-minded, i.e. willing to listen to the other side, instead of persistently trying to command them).