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Bloomberg's Comments Add To A
Long Tradition Of Racially Tinged
Gun-Control Rhetoric

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ankrolling ceaseless endeavors to dictate what Americans can eat and how they
can defend themselves, ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is widely
recognized as the country's nanny-in-chief. Some of his recent comments, moreover,
suggest that his efforts on this front incorporate a disturbing racial outlook.
On Feb. 6, the Aspen Institute hosted "A Conversation with Michael R.
Bloomberg," during which the outspoken billionaire shared his thoughts on reducing
urban crime. As captured in a recording from the event, Bloomberg opined:
It's controversial but, first thing is all of your, 95 percent, 95 percent of your murders
and murderers and murder victims fit one m.o. You can just take the description and
Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities 15 to 25. That's true in
New York, it's true in virtually every city in America. And that's where the real crime
is. You've got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed.
The Aspen Times additionally quoted Bloomberg as stating of these young
minorities, "They just don't have any long-term focus or anything. It's a joke to have a
gun. It's a joke to pull a trigger."
Whatever Bloomberg meant by his remarks, racism has long been a part of
efforts to strip minorities of their right to keep and bear arms. New York City serves
as a prime example with its 1911 passage of the Sullivan Act, which imposed a strict
licensing regime for the possession and carry of handguns. Bloomberg's quotes are

echoed in a passage on that law from
the book "The Gun in America," by Lee
Kennett and James LaVerne Anderson,
which in turn quotes a period article
from the New York Tribune:
It had long been held that pistols
were found "chiefly in the pockets of
ignorant and quarrelsome immigrants
of lawbreaking propensities." The
Italian populations seemed particularly
addicted to criminality (the Tribune's
annual index frequently crosslisted
the entries "Crime" and "Italians"). As
early as 1903 the authorities had begun
to cancel pistol permits in the Italian
sections of the city.
Even if Bloomberg's comments
reflect mere condescension, rather than
racism, his advocacy for suppressing
the rights of certain minority groups
dismisses them as incapable of
exercising individual liberties that apply
to all Americans. Such sentiments have
no place among those who cherish a free
society and equality under the law.

Legislation Introduced To Break Administrative
Chokehold On Firearm And Ammunition Vendors

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s of January, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (fdic) had taken steps to
reassure banks that they are not categorically prohibited nor discouraged
from servicing customers in the firearm and ammunition industries. Of course,
the very fact that these measures were necessary demonstrates just how bad the
politically motivated abuses of federal banking regulators, including but not limited
to fdic and Department of Justice (doj), had become. The supposed "enforcement"
program at the center of this scandal, Operation Choke Point, has been the subject
of considerable congressional attention. Recently, bills were introduced that seek to
put an end to the administration's squeeze of what it considers "immoral" businesses
operating within the law.
On Feb. 12, 2015, Sen. Marco Rubio (r-Fla.) introduced the Firearms Manufacturers
and Dealers Protection Act of 2015. This bill would completely defund, in perpetuity,
"Operation Choke Point or any other program designed to discourage the provision
or continuation of credit or the processing of payments by financial institutions for
dealers and manufacturers of firearms and ammunition."
Rubio's bill followed Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's (r-Mo.) Feb. 5 reintroduction of
the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act. This legislation would institute
numerous reforms to bring more transparency and accountability to federal oversight
of banks in a move to prevent the sort of unchecked abuse of discretion at the heart of
Operation Choke Point.
For example, the bill would require regulators that suggest or order a bank to
terminate a customer's account to put the directive in writing, with reference to any
specific laws or regulations the enforcement agency believed were being violated.

Moreover, no such reason could be
based solely on "reputational risk," the
supposed basis for including firearm
and ammunition businesses within the
scope of Operation Choke Point's "high
risk" target list. Regulating agencies
would also have to submit annual
reports to Congress documenting any
such requests or orders. Finally, the Act
would make important amendments
to the Financial Institutions Reform,
Recovery and Enforcement Act of
1989 (which agencies have cited as
authorization for Operation Choke
Point), to clarify the law's scope in order
to pre-empt this dubious justification.
The nra is grateful for Rubio
and Luetkemeyer's leadership on this
issue, and the Association encourages
you to contact your u.s. senators
and representative to voice support
of the legislation to end Operation
Choke Point.

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