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.

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  1. Profile photo of BrentB67 Inactive

    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.

    • #1
    • March 26, 2013 at 2:45 am
  2. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    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.

    • #2
    • March 26, 2013 at 4:09 am
  3. Profile photo of Mafuta Kizola Inactive

    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 ?

    • #3
    • March 26, 2013 at 4:11 am
  4. Profile photo of Spin Inactive

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

    • #4
    • March 26, 2013 at 6:56 am
  5. Profile photo of WI Con Member

    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’

    • #5
    • March 26, 2013 at 7:14 am
  6. Profile photo of DocJay Member

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

    • #6
    • March 26, 2013 at 7:27 am
  7. Profile photo of Mark Wilson Member

    Reminds me of this fool from Virginia:

    ak47fool.jpg

    • #7
    • March 26, 2013 at 8:15 am
  8. Profile photo of Randy Weivoda Thatcher

    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.

    • #8
    • March 26, 2013 at 8:22 am
  9. Profile photo of skipsul Moderator

    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?

    • #9
    • March 26, 2013 at 8:25 am
  10. Profile photo of The King Prawn Member

    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.

    • #10
    • March 26, 2013 at 8:29 am
  11. Profile photo of The King Prawn Member
    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.

    • #11
    • March 26, 2013 at 8:31 am
  12. Profile photo of skipsul Moderator

    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.

    • #12
    • March 26, 2013 at 8:37 am
  13. Profile photo of DocJay Member

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

    • #13
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:03 am
  14. Profile photo of Mafuta Kizola Inactive
    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.

    • #14
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:04 am
  15. Profile photo of wilber forge Inactive

    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 ?

    • #15
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:12 am
  16. Profile photo of Yeah...ok. Member

    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.

    • #16
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:15 am
  17. Profile photo of George Savage Admin
    George Savage Post author

    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.

    • #17
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:33 am
  18. Profile photo of TJ Member
    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.

    • #18
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:37 am
  19. Profile photo of 3rd angle projection Inactive

    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.

    • #19
    • March 26, 2013 at 9:57 am
  20. Profile photo of Kelly B Inactive
    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?

    • #20
    • March 26, 2013 at 10:01 am
  21. Profile photo of 3rd angle projection Inactive

    Last thing. They should change their name to the Unions. “Let’s go Unions.” Has a nice ring to it.

    • #21
    • March 26, 2013 at 10:46 am
  22. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    The only people who obey nannies are children.

    • #22
    • March 26, 2013 at 10:50 am
  23. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member

    The New Yorkers I know cannot wait to see Bloomberg gone. The Occupy thuggery with the ravaged and looted shops and stores, traffic disruption, and general lawlessness had already earned him broad contempt and disgust. The nanny nonsense is a temporary mirage, but well worth the national razzing and Bronx cheers.

    • #23
    • March 26, 2013 at 11:05 am
  24. Profile photo of Kervinlee Member

    The guy’s right out of the Wooden Indian School of Acting.

    Finger on the trigger, muzzle pointed right where one of those kids can run in front of it while our good ol’ boy talks sense to them of us who don’t know nuthin’ ’bout guns.

    When you’re hunting in California, you can’t even have a loaded firearm touch your vehicle. I’m pretty sure this good ol’ feller here would be on his way to having his hunting privileges revoked if a Fish & Game (excuse me, now Fish and Wildlife) warden came across him in that pose.

    • #24
    • March 26, 2013 at 11:16 am
  25. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    Attention, NYC. What you do in your town is your own affair, but keep your village idiot off of my lawn.

    The neighbor’s dogs are bad enough, and no, it doesn’t make the grass greener.

    • #25
    • March 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm
  26. Profile photo of Steven Potter Thatcher

    The trigger finger was the first thing I noticed as a red flag, too. I can thank the training I’ve taken for that. This person is someone to avoid if you care about your well-being, not to mention trusting anything he says.

    The video should really be titled: “Irony”.

    • #26
    • March 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm
  27. Profile photo of BrentB67 Inactive
    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? · 7 hours ago

    I give your legislators more credit, of course now those details will have to included in background checks, but not to worry it will be trained DHS/TSA professionals reviewing the data, you know the same ones that were laid off after the naked scanners went away…..

    • #27
    • March 27, 2013 at 6:22 am
  28. Profile photo of Eleanor Member

    I wonder if the described incompetence of the Ad is the point. How to better put the hammer to the whole business than to show an anti-Ad?

    • #28
    • March 27, 2013 at 7:25 am
  29. Profile photo of Mark Wilson Member
    George Savage: 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. · 3 hours ago

    I disagree, George. This argument depends on two things. First, that the producers of the ad know enough about the culture of gun safety to know this is forbidden behavior. Second, that the target audience of non-gun people would recognize the behavior as gross gun safety violations. I think neither could possibly be true.

    • #29
    • March 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm