Bloomberg doesn’t get it

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to enter the Virginia governor’s fray by making an outrageous claim against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell: that somehow current Virginia gun laws lead to the massacre at Virginia Tech.

Bloomberg has backed an ad that says Virginia gun laws are currently not strict enough…and that somehow was part of the tragedy.

Actually, that’s a huge fallacy.

What happened two years ago is that the killer legally purchased his two firearms (at Virginia gun shops, and passed official background checks). He was able to do so because of poor mental health reporting being conducted in Virginia’s background check system at the time. This loophole was closed in a bipartisan effort by Governor Tim Kaine and then Attorney General Bob McDonnell. According to “The Richmond Times-Dispatch” in May of 2007:

“Gov. Tim Kaine made precisely the right call yesterday when he issued an executive order closing a loophole in state gun laws. Attorney General Bob McDonnell provided legal advice for the governor. A Democrat and Republican cooperated to put Virginia first.”

With that loophole now closed, Virginia gun laws are tougher and Virginians are safer.

What Bloomberg is doing is trying to cloud the issue to score political points at the hands of a tragedy. Shameful.

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  • The attack ad is about closing the gun shop loophole.

    The Virginia Tech killer did NOT buy a gun at a gun show!!!!!!

    This is like saying wearing a seat belt will prevent a heart attack. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for using a tragedy for political gain.

  • I find it very interesting that Mayor Bloomberg wants to give Virginia advice. Last time I checked, New York City wasn’t exactly the safest place in the world. Maybe if Mayor Bloomberg would mind his own business and do his job, the Big Apple would be a safer place.

  • Doom and Gloomberg strikes again. Here he attacks the constitution and gets publicity on the backs of families stricken by tragedy.

    I agree with Steve that Bloomberg needs to concentrate on NY problems and not try to blame everything on Virginia.

  • Apparently Bloomie’s real ID has surfaced. He only says that he’s a Republican. Otherwise, why support a Dem position.

    This makes me want McDonnell to win, and then announce that New York doesn’t have anything that Virginia needs…..

  • Although to be fair, I think Creigh Deeds (got the NRA endorsement) does have a better record on the 2nd amendment than McDonnell. McDonnell supported 1 gun a month for some reason.

    Why doesn’t Bloomberg attack Creigh Deeds in the same fashion. Isn’t Bloomers running for re-election as a Republican? How odd….

    I’m sure Bloomberg is pulling for McAuliffe or Moran.

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  • amy

    I’m surprised Bloomberg is even bothering to attack One Gun Bob on this issue – don’t they agree?

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