Mike targets concealed guns
Saturday, November 4th, 2006
Mayor Bloomberg blasted his political predecessors yesterday for handing out concealed-gun permits to their well-connected cronies.
"We have been pretty hard-nosed about renewing [permits]," Bloomberg said on his weekly WABC-AM radio show.
"Sometimes, some administrations, you know, if any of their friends want a gun permit, they just gave it to 'em," he said. "And I don't think that's right. I think you should have to justify it."
Bloomberg did not single out any of his predecessors for blame or identify the New Yorkers he believes were wrongly given permits to carry concealed weapons.
The well-known New Yorkers who have obtained permits in the past include Donald Trump, Howard Stern and state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.
Bloomberg has been crusading against illegal handguns since being reelected and co-founded a coalition, which now consists of 109 mayors, dedicated to stopping the sale of illegal guns.
Yesterday, Bloomberg said he also is hoping to reduce the number of people allowed to carry concealed weapons in the city.
"If you tell me you need a gun permit, you're telling me you don't think the NYPD can do a good job in protecting you," he said. "Most people, I don't see any reason why they need it."
Come on, Mayor! Make up you're frigging mind!! Either you want to get ILLEGAL guns off the street, or you want ALL guns off the street. WHICH IS IT??? As for trusting NYPD to protect me, are you saying I'll get my own personal cop for protection, if I should visit your fair city? If so, that's great, fantastic. Then of course, I would not need a gun for protection. But I have to say, if you have enough police officers to protect EVERY citizen in NYC, that's got to be one LARGE police department.
So, answer me this. WHY does crime still happen in New York City??? I'm confused. If they NYPD is good enough to be capable of protecting everyone, how come there are still murders, rapes, robberies and muggings going on?
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