Every now and then, liberals let their masks slip off to reveal their true feelings and agendas.
That was the case Friday, when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the stage at the Aspen Institute to discuss marijuana legalization, which he decried as stupid, according to the Aspen Times.
He also touted vocational education and, of course, his favorite topic, gun grabbing.
The latter point was glossed over by the Times but deserves a hard look.
Not only did Bloomberg call for taking away Americans’ right to arms, as he usually does, but this time, he suggested targeting a specific group: minority males between the ages of 15 to 25.
The former mayor claimed that the demographic is responsible for 95 percent of all murders.
“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” he said. “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.”
Not only is the ex-mayor’s sweeping generalization the kind of statement that would get a Republican roasted as “racist,” it also highlights the basic problem with the liberal position. For a small slice of the population — minority males aged 16 to 25 — they want to restrict the Second Amendment rights of every one of nearly 320 million Americans?
The Twitterverse was abuzz over the seemingly racist suggestion.
“Blacks were better off as slaves because they couldn’t have guns.” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Feb 7, 2015, Aspen, Colorado
— Archtype (@Archtype) February 8, 2015
Bloomberg: Young Minority Males Shouldn’t Have Guns http://t.co/w11SiriJyb (Now he wants to disarm minorities and tell them how to live.)
— rehren29 (@rehren29) February 7, 2015
If a politician said this about anything other than guns, he’d be forced to recant and forever marked “racist.” pic.twitter.com/E5vdql2rbx
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 7, 2015
— Honky Tonk Jew (@HonkyTonkJew) February 7, 2015
— JT (@cbinflux) February 8, 2015
— Sailor Chick ’95 (@strinam) February 8, 2015
NANNY BLOOMBERG: Young Minority Males Shouldn’t Have Guns http://t.co/49uTbxCbm6
— IRA (@MEAN_MARINE) February 7, 2015
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) February 7, 2015
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