- Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males “alive.”
According to The Aspen Times, Bloomberg addressed a variety of topics, and after commenting on poverty and education, he discussed guns. The Times reported that he said, “Cities need to get guns out of [the] … hands” of persons who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25.”
He claimed that “95 percent of all murders fall into this category” and that taking guns away from them will not only reduce crime, but will “keep them alive.”
Since publication, the Aspen Times has altered the story a bit, taking out some of the inflammatory language that would get any right-leaning individuals tarred and feathered. But this is the Bloomberg nanny state in all its glory. Not a word about "responsibility" or "parents" or "self-control." Nope, just "ban the guns!" not seeming to realize that most people of all stripes are subject to all sorts of restriction already, none of which stop the criminals.