On February 9, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) called for Michael Bloomberg to apologize for his suggestion that cities should bar young minority males from gun ownership.
According to Read Media, NYSRPA sees this suggestion as reminiscent of the “black codes” of the 19th century, whereby Democrats in the South denied full freedom to minorities as a way to keep them under control and “maintain the system of white supremacy that made slavery possible.”
NYSRPA President Tom King said, “If a politician said this about anything other than guns, the mainstream media would be all over them.” He added, “Michael Bloomberg isn’t just any politician; he is the leading voice for gun control in America. He should be held accountable for his slander.”
Breitbart News previously reported that Bloomberg was giving a speech at the Aspen Institute on February 5, when he suggested that minority males “between the ages of 15 and 25” should be banned from gun ownership. According to The Aspen Times, he claimed that “95 percent of all murders fall into [this] category” and that taking guns away from them will not only reduce crime, but will “keep them alive.”
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