Bloomberg’s Mouthpiece: New Orleans Exaggerated by NRA

This is unbelievable. Bloomberg’s “The Trace” web site has shown itself very adept at building straw men so they can tear them down, but this takes the cake. Their argument seems to be that because the gun confiscations after Katrina weren’t universal, that means that NRA is exaggerating. The city confiscated approximately 800 firearms in the wake of Katrina. No one at the time ever argued it was a mass confiscation. We were aware at the time that many of the confiscations were carried out by “out of town” law enforcement.

But hundreds of Americans have their civil rights violated at the time they most need them, and no big deal, right? Note how Bloomberg’s Mouthpiece goes into detail later about bizarre conspiracy theories, and then tries to conflate mainstream gun rights opinions with them.

4 Responses to “Bloomberg’s Mouthpiece: New Orleans Exaggerated by NRA”

  1. Stephen says:

    So slavery was not a big deal since only about 3% of Africans were enslaved?

  2. rd says:

    Theft Under Color of Law.

    “The department revealed it had taken 552 guns into custody. Gordon Hutchinson, part of the legal team that tried to inventory the confiscated weapons, estimated that police had collected several thousand more guns before a federal court halted the seizures on September 23. But whether by theft or incompetence, most weapons — the more desirable and valuable ones — had never made it into the department’s coffers; the 552 that remained to be claimed by their owners were mostly inoperable junk guns.”

  3. Patrick says:

    I think we’re missing the point: Bloomberg feels the need to explain away the problem and minimize the impact of gun control.

    In other words: he’s playing defense.

    More, please.

  4. Arnie says:

    Exaggeration (and outright lies) seems par for the course with anti-gunners. I read this today on FoxNews:

    Quote from CSGV:
    “In an era in which individuals are being allowed to carry loaded guns on our streets with no permit, background check or required training, it is common sense for concerned citizens to call 911 when they see an armed individual whose intentions are unclear.”
    An October 2014 National Review article found that the Facebook pages and websites of groups including the coalition, Moms Demand Action and included numerous comments from the public advocating that people call the police and intentionally exaggerate what they see in the hopes of getting cops to stop those open-carrying guns.
    “Gun-toters who are truly law-abiding and mentally competent have nothing whatsoever to worry about. Their conversations with law enforcement will be brief and professional,” he added.

    But the Buckeye Firearms Association believes the effort amounts to “conspiring to obstruct legal justice.”
    Pratt agreed, and said people who call the police without legitimate reason should be charged [with “swatting,” i.e., calling in a false report].

    If you have already dealt with this article earlier, Sebastian, I apologize.
    – Arnie