New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is surrounded by armed guards for his protection. President Obama has the Secret Service to protect him. Sports and movie stars hire bodyguards to protect them from adoring fans and crazy stalkers.
Bloomberg told CNN’s Piers Morgan 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.”
Who’s the “us”? Bloomberg has armed guards protecting him. Why can’t we have the same rights as any public official? Why can’t I carry a gun to protect myself from the same type of people that might harm the mayor or the president? I have enemies out there. You should read some of my emails.
Keep in mind that it was private citizens that were shot in Aurora. No police officers were hurt. No government officials were hurt. The police weren’t around to protect the theater goers. The police can’t be everywhere. They’re not gods. They’re not omnipresent. They show up after a crime has been committed. We haven’t reached the era of “pre-crime” yet.
Many people have forgotten Carl Rowan (1925–2000). Rowan was a nationally-syndicated op-ed columnist for the Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was one of the most prominent black journalists of the 20th century. He was also a gun-control advocate.
In a 1981 column, he advocated “a law that says anyone found in possession of a handgun except a legitimate officer of the law goes to jail — period.” In 1985, he called for “A complete and universal federal ban on the sale, manufacture, importation and possession of handguns (except for authorized police and military personnel).”
On June 14, 1988, Rowan gained national attention when he shot a teenage trespasser who was on his property illegally. Rowan was charged for firing a gun that he did not legally own. Rowan was arrested and tried. During the trial, he argued that he had the right to use whatever means necessary to protect himself and his family.
In 2006, Rosie O’Donnell said that “the right to, to bear arms” is “not really a right.” What she meant to say is that it’s only a right for some people; it does not apply to people like her. During the April 19, 1999, broadcast of her talk show, she stated, “You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison.”
This all changed when she felt threatened. An article in the May 25, 2000 issue of The Stamford Advocate reported the following:
An application for a concealed weapon permit by Rosie O’Donnell’s bodyguard has some Greenwich neighbors of the television personality and gun-control advocate up in arms.
The application, which is pending with the Greenwich Police Department, led to a rumor that the permit’s purpose would be to allow the bodyguard to legally carry a gun when accompanying O’Donnell’s son to public school in September.
These elitists live above the law. Their lives are more valuable than yours or mine. They are the philosopher kings who know what’s best for the “little people.” No thank you, Mayor Bloomberg. I would rather have a weapon at the ready rather than have to wait for a police officer to arrive. I would rather have to explain why I shot a guy rather than a police officer having to explain to my wife why I got shot and died.