Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was (and probably is now) surrounded by armed guards for his protection. President Obama has the Secret Service to protect him (although they don’t seem to be doing a good job at the White House). 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 had 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 the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. No police officers were hurt. No government officials were hurt. The police weren’t around to protect the people in the movie theater. 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.
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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.
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