Michael Bloomberg: Irresponsible

I take my teenage sons to the shooting range a couple of times a year and they know the drill.  On the drive down, each must recite the four rules of firearms safety.  The Savage family version goes like this:  1) treat every gun as if it is loaded; 2) always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction; 3) keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to shoot; 4) be sure of your target and what lies behind it.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg sets his own rules.  To much mainstream media acclaim, our national nanny has launched a $12 million ad campaign aimed at pressuring Congress to enact additional gun control legislation.  The first ad, titled “Responsible”, brings us a hunter and Second Amendment supporter seated on the tailgate of his pickup, children playing in the background.  As the actor, who has evidently never held a firearm before, intones,  ”but with rights come responsibilities”, his finger is curled around a shotgun trigger, a round possibly chambered behind the closed action, the barrel pointed across the yard where a twitch of his finger could cause injury or death.

Mayor Bloomberg’s ego knows no bounds.  Fortunately, the same can be said for his incompetence.

  1. BrentB67

    This is a brilliant example of soft tyranny via social pressure: ‘come on, everybody’s doing it, it just makes sense….’ to give up more of your rights and lay down your arms. 

    What is lost in this whole discussion of add’l background checks, private gun sale background checks, etc. is that the goal is to keep the mentally disabled from having the ability to purchase a gun. Who determines if someone is mentally disabled? Big Sis? Eric Holder? hmm, that should make us all sleep well.

  2. Chris Campion

    That’s a pretty amazing video.  I am quite sure I don’t know what in the hell is going on when a patently faking it actor has his finger on the trigger of a gun, talking about being safe with guns, and mandating background checks.

    What’s the Gun Guy’s character name?  Let me take a stab here:

    • Randy Bootblack

    • Chesty McTriggerlock
    • Macho Grande’

    I am still quite puzzled as to how somebody so obviously 2-dimensional as Bloomberg has managed to garner enough support to get elected in NYC.  I had the sense of a certain urban cynicism that would see right through Daddy Bloomie in a, well, New York minute.

  3. Mafuta Kizola

    The incompetence of the Ad is telling, the few times I have handled a firearm I was told in no nuanced terms to keep that finger off trigger, the muzzle down to earth and checking if the chamber is empty every 30 seconds. Whoever produced this ad never held a weapon in all likelihood, the NRA should make a safety parody of the ad.

    As for Background checks are them the same people that prevent medical record to opened for any kind of checks under the guise of privacy ?

  4. Spin

    “Where’re you goin’ with that shotgun?”

  5. WI Con

    I believe the original text of Second Amendment reads ‘the right of hunters to sort of keep and possibly bear arms may not kinda-sorta be impaired’

  6. DocJay

    Good God these progressives are just morons. Good parenting George. Every person needs those safety lessons drilled in to them.

  7. Mark Wilson

    Reminds me of this fool from Virginia:

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  8. Randy Weivoda

    George, those four rules you taught your sons were the first rules I was taught in a firearms class.  Of course, it was taught by an NRA-approved instructor, and we all know the NRA is opposed to gun safety.  At least the ad didn’t feature a 12-pack of beer on that tailgate.

  9. skipsul

    Good call on the booger hook there!  Missed that earlier.

    This just screams for parody, if only I had the skills…  Paging EJ and Rob?

  10. The King Prawn

    My 13 year old who had small arms safety training two years ago knows more about gun safety than that guy with the spray on beard.

  11. The King Prawn
    DocJay: Good God these progressives are just morons.

    I have to disagree. Progressives are so much more than just morons. Sadly, the CoC prevents me from describing a good deal of it.

  12. skipsul

    It also doesn’t reflect the look of ANY gun owners I know.  

    Okay I did have a pickup for a while…  but it was a Chevy Avalanche so it only counts half….

    The gun guys I know don’t wear flannel shirtjacks or drive pickups, they drive Honda minivans or Chevy Malibus and live near me in the burbs.  Their shotguns aren’t high gloss wood (no gun that pretty ever rode in a truck anyway), they’re typically are composite stocked with EEEVIIIILLLL pistol grips for home defense, and they don’t hunt.

    Talk about condescending tripe.

  13. DocJay

    Well KP, I’m all about staying in the bounds of politeness.

  14. Mafuta Kizola
    Mark Wilson: Reminds me of this fool from Virginia: · 46 minutes ago

    I have seen Japanese cartoons for teenagers with better gun handling safety, what is the mental age of this guy ?

    I bet He went for his fainting couch after this brave exercise at facing his gunphobia.

  15. wilber forge

    What an image to display as a cheap shot at gun owners.

    Know a young fella in Texas that just turned eleven and fully aware of gun safety and hunts. Also can use a compound bow and can match an adult in the back yard target practice with powerfull air rifles any day.

    Bloomberg is over the top on this, rather like another Peirs Morgan stunt. As in the one where he filmed himself using the “Evil AR15 Assault Rifle” at a range under supervision. The result, Morgan missed the target with semi or full auto fire. 

    Trust this will be 12 mil. misspent. How many needy folks in his home town would that have helped ?

  16. Yeah...ok.

    Well, you see he has an older daughter in the house.

    He is holding the weapon in such a manor because he expects to meet his oldest daughter’s boyfriend for the first time.

    The kids are already on a path to success with the father living a home.

  17. George Savage

    I found it startling that nobody involved in producing the ad knew enough to set the prop up correctly.  But what if the element of imminent danger was introduced on purpose?

    A colleague of mine suggests exactly this:  strategy rather than idiocy on the part of Bloomberg, et al.  By this interpretation, the producer is sending a not-so-subtle signal:  look at how dangerous these yahoos are; children nearby and that gun could go off any second.

  18. TJ
    skipsul: Good call on the booger hook there!  Missed that earlier.

    This just screams for parody, if only I had the skills…  Paging EJ and Rob? · 1 hour ago

    Funny, I thought it WAS a parody. It’s almost as high-quality as the spots on Parks and Recreation.

  19. 3rd angle projection

    Bloomberg tries to supplant free will with his will. Why does he do that? We’re creatures created by His will. Not Bloomies. I can only conclude NYers must be the weakest of mind in the country. They must say, “I need Bloomberg because I can’t do it on my own.” I expected more from NYers but oh well. Apparently, I over estimated their character. Perhaps they should chant, “Let’s go Boston”. Then I would have renewed respect.

  20. Kelly B
    BrentB67: This is a brilliant example of soft tyranny via social pressure: ‘come on, everybody’s doing it, it just makes sense….’ to give up more of your rights and lay down your arms. 

    What is lost in this whole discussion of add’l background checks, private gun sale background checks, etc. is that the goal is to keep the mentally disabled from having the ability to purchase a gun. Who determines if someone is mentally disabled? Big Sis? Eric Holder? hmm, that should make us all sleep well. · 7 hours ago

    In the whole fun-with-background-checks we just went through in Colorado, it somehow escaped our lawmakers’ attention that a history of mental illness is protected HIPAA data; the mentally ill do not appear on the lists used for the checks.  So this law did what, exactly?