For New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg the essential liberties and freedoms preserved in the U.S. Constitution are a major problem. Why? Because our right to keep and bear arms, our protection against unlawful searches and seizures, our freedom of speech, etc. all undermine his agenda to keep us safe.
As a result, the three-term mayor believes that the Constitution needs to undergo a fundamental transformation so that the government can do a better job of protecting us from terrorist attacks like the one perpetrated at the Boston Marathon just over a week ago.
At a Monday press conference, Bloomberg essentially pushed that old cliché, arguing in so many words that desperate times call for desperate measures.
“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” said the man who spearheaded the controversial and constitutionally dubious stop-and-frisk initiative in NYC. “But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
What does this mean exactly? Well, it appears we need to be prepared to allow Big Brother unfettered access into our personal lives. On the surface that may be overstating it, but remember this is a man who tried to ban Big Gulps and hide cigarettes as a way to “save lives” (see video).
Naturally, other sacrifices will also have to be made in the name of safety. As mentioned, our right to keep and bear arms for self-defense needs to be on the chopping block as well, according to Bloomberg, the co-founder of the most aggressive pro-gun control organization in the country: Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
“Clearly the Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws … Here we’re going to have to live with reasonable levels of security,” he said, as he referenced the use of magnetometers to catch weapons in city schools.
Of course, Bloomberg claims that he doesn’t really want to do this. But again, we have to. It is, by his line of reasoning, the only way to protect our children.
“It really says something bad about us that we have to do it. But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks,” he said.
“We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can’t do those things. And the ways to do that is to provide what we think is an appropriate level of protection,” Bloomberg concluded.
In many ways, Bloomberg has pulled a page right from the book of Rahm Emanuel, who famously quipped, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
In other words, given the fact that two terrorists recently bombed the Boston Marathon, now is the perfect time to gut the Constitution. Now is the perfect time to capitalize off the public’s fear and emotions and chip away at their privacy rights and civil liberties. Now is the perfect time to pass tougher gun laws and regulations.
Sadly, despite the predictability of this political strategy, it’s effective. For example, Empire State gun owners saw it coming in the wake of the Sandy Hook School Shooting. But unfortunately, that awareness didn’t stop lawmakers from ramming through the significantly flawed New York SAFE Act, which upended the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
So, the question now is: how will lawmakers and politicians use this latest tragedy to further their anti-Constitution agenda? What burdensome and draconian laws are coming down the pike this time?