Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Rational decision-making process

NYC's Mayor Bloomberg (cough*RINO who rode Giuliani's coattails into the mayor's office*cough) has brought together the mayors of 13 major cities for a "Gun Summit" to discuss how to prevent gun deaths in their cities. Naturally, a group representing gun manufacturers asked if they could speak to the mayors:

"Our industry has developed programs that are working to reduce criminal misuse of firearms," Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, wrote the mayor.
"We would welcome the opportunity to educate mayors about these programs."

You'd think that a group that is meeting to discuss gun safety and criminal misuse of firearms would like to hear from the industry producing and selling the firearms and would more than likely prefer to continue doing so, right? Well, the NSSF got the door slammed in it's face:

"Are they mayors?" asked Stu Loeser, Bloomberg's press secretary, dismissing the request out of hand.

A statement like that would imply that only mayors will be discussing the issue, wouldn't it? Think again. Here's what the official press release for the event said a few days ago:

This first-ever Gun Summit will be a daylong event in New York City beginning with a morning symposium outlining best practices from cities across the country followed by a panel of the nation's leading experts on gun crimes.

A panel of the "leading experts on gun crimes," eh? Are they mayors? Nope. So, is this symposium of mayors truly unbiased? No. If they were rational and unbiased they would understand that the problem is not the guns used in crimes, it's the people who use the guns in crimes. Too bad Bloomberg and the others don't want to face that fact. It's much easier to deflect responsibility elsewhere.

Be honest, Bloomberg. It's not a "Gun Summit." It's an "Anti-Gun Summit." It couldn't be anything else; you designed it that way.

h/t-Cam Edwards via Bitter.

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