Does Mayor Villaraigosa Support Disarming Law Abiding Citizens?

New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has put together a coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns which at face value sounds like a good thing. Who, beside criminals, isn’t against illegal guns? I’m a proud gun owner and I’m 100% against illegal guns and fully support giving law enforcement the tools they need to get illegal guns off the streets. Mayor Villaraigosa is not only a member of this coalition, he’s a featured on their site and gives a quote of support. A message from the co-chairs of the coalition says:

We respect the rights of law abiding citizens to own guns, and we recognize that the vast majority of gun dealers carefully follow the law. Our only interest is in fighting crime — and we are determined to win.

But that might not be the case. Several Mayors have dropped out of the coalition in the past several days suggesting the coalition actually has much deeper goals and law abiding citizens with constitutionally protected firearms might actually be their target. Mayor Mark Begich from Anchorage, Alaska backed out last week stating:

“…upon further review of the coalition, it appears they may have a different agenda than I anticipated. I am concerned the coalition is working on issues that conflict with the beliefs we share in Alaska about legal gun ownership, and I’m also concerned gun ownership advocates are not part of the full discussion within the coalition.”

Yesterday Mayor Kevin Jackson from Rio Rancho, NM pulled out as well noting that while “he believes strongly in getting guns out of the hands of criminals, he draws the line at disarming law-abiding citizens and went on to say that he is in favor of disarming criminals, but “not at the risk of losing our Constitutional freedom.” Mayor Jackson is the 3rd Mayor to quit for these reasons this month which makes a strong statement questioning the motives of the coalition. If they are trying to get rid of illegal guns that is one thing and worthy of support. If they are trying to get rid of one of the freedoms given to us in the bill of rights that’s not only something that should be opposed, but something our Mayor here in Los Angeles should publicly take a stance against. If the 2nd amendment can be circumvented, what’s keeping the others in place?

9 Replies to “Does Mayor Villaraigosa Support Disarming Law Abiding Citizens?”

  1. Sean, you forgot to mention the Fed investigation into his ILLEGAL out of state sting operations. What next, the New York Attorney General will get wire taps on every person who enters a sporting goods shop that sells guns? Shades of NSA stuff, eh?

  2. Sean, you forgot to mention the Fed investigation into his ILLEGAL out of state sting operations. What next, the New York Attorney General will get wire taps on every person who enters a sporting goods shop that sells guns? Shades of NSA stuff, eh?

  3. True, but if I was listing all of Boombergs issues with guns that would go on and on and it’s not really a Los Angeles issue. What our mayor is supporting on the other hand certainly is, and if he’s backing a group that wants to stop illegal guns then great, but if he’s being quoted as supporting a group trying to wipe out #2 on the bill of rights that’s not kosher at all.

  4. bonner, buddy– you’re sounding more and more like a crazed gun nut every day. no one is coming for your precious firearms. just try not to accidentally shoot yourself in the ass and you’ll be fine. but seriously, you’ve got to chillax with these posts.

  5. My intonation of Sean’s post is the gradual erosiono f one 14th right; what’s next? We already fear 1 and 4 rights violations, blanketed by current admin claims the right to do so, with NSA taps. Do you agree that NSA had the rights to do what they did? What is next? Think, man, think. And when it all done and said, I don’t want to be a Reginald Denny…

  6. My intonation of Sean’s post is the gradual erosiono f one 14th right; what’s next? We already fear 1 and 4 rights violations, blanketed by current admin claims the right to do so, with NSA taps. Do you agree that NSA had the rights to do what they did? What is next? Think, man, think. And when it all done and said, I don’t want to be a Reginald Denny…

  7. i think sean sounded pretty even-handed on this one. what tone do you think he’s taking? this is a potentially very serious issue and if our mayor is part of it, then everyone in LA is effected by it. which part of that is unreasonable?

  8. Cold Dead Hands,
    I guess I have to say look no further than Ray Nagin’s second citation for contempt by the federal court requiring him to return firearms illegally seized on his order by NO police (with the cooperation/participation of some CA LEO’s, among others).

    Set aside for a moment whether you agree or disagree with what he did. He has lost twice in court and been cited for contempt twice, but ignores the court’s determinations that he provide information about and return private property seized at his behest.

    Does Hizzoner get to pick and choose as to which laws he honors, what court orders he obeys? If so, then what other laws has he exempted himself from? We all honored the OJ verdict, why shouldn’t this one be honored.

    I guess, just a guess, that Hizzoner has either destroyed the weapons or any records related to whom they belonged to, and is hoping to duck this, if the court allows him to.

    Bloomberg, similarly, is skating on the edge of law with his sting operation. If Bush can be hung for his supposed violations of law, 1A and 4A, why are Nagin and Bloomberg exempt?

    The fact is that Nagin’s actions unfortunately prove the potential for “registration leads to confiscation”, so clearly that there is federal law and various state laws which prohibit exactly this kind of stuff. Rudy Guiliani is saying NY-style gun control reduces crime. If it did, Washington DC would be close to paradise. Neither it nor some imitators, in gun controls, are. The evidence of the last 15 years indicates NY-style gun control is going in the opposite direction of making things safer. There is a pile of that and that is why 40 states are “shall issue”

    Sean sounds awful sane to me, friend.

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