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02-22-2015, 09:33 AM
Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, he said.

“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg 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.”


I don't believe that data is correct. Nor would I advocate removing guns from minorities. Seems a bit racist to me.

Maybe this topic was already covered? I did a search for "Bloomberg" but his name only came up in the Guiliani thread.

Jim Mahan
02-22-2015, 09:36 AM
It's nice to know that Mr. Bloomberg gets to spend so much of his valuable time watching tv cop shows.

02-22-2015, 09:43 AM
Bloomberg has never been afraid to speak his mind, and has come up with some doozies. However, I can see how someone subjected to day to day reports of gang violence in NYC could reach that opinion. I don't know enough about it to comment one way or 'tother, but I sure am glad I don't live where it's an issue.

Keith Wilson
02-22-2015, 11:28 AM
I'd bet that 95% is wrong, but I'd also bet the real figure's pretty high. Young men can behave very stupidly under some circumstances. One can certainly disagree with his proposed remedy .

Do you have a link to the original quote? The one posted doesn't seem to work.

02-22-2015, 08:49 PM
It appears Bloomberg is working to keep a lid on his speech...





I've added these links Keith, in hopes that one works for you.

I do note that the 95% statement is never in quotation marks. It would be nice to see the video, but no one is accusing the Aspen Institute of misquoting him.

Of course the 95% number is incorrect. Between that, and his implication that young black men be denied a right enjoyed by others, leads to the conclusion that he's willing trample on some peoples rights based on race.

That's a bit interesting, given his lead role in gun control, and possible future political offices.

Glen Longino
02-22-2015, 10:13 PM
Where are the usual suspects? What a calm in the Bilge.:)

Phillip and Ron are asleep!

S.V. Airlie
02-22-2015, 10:14 PM
Where are the usual suspects? What a calm in the Bilge.:)Calm before the storm!

S.V. Airlie
02-22-2015, 10:19 PM
Oh, as Phillip says, this is BOOOORING!
I'm gonna go Watch Queen Elizabeth 1st deal with the political issues in the 16th century!

Glen Longino
02-22-2015, 10:21 PM

S.V. Airlie
02-22-2015, 11:52 PM
Wah - take your football and go home.Nah just tired dealing with idiots. At least a few people lost their heads during Elizabeth's reign. She didn't put up with BS!

David W Pratt
02-23-2015, 12:14 PM
I think the statistic Bloomberg is reaching for is that ~90% of Blacks killed by firearms are killed by other Blacks. Probably, race is just a proxy for socioeconomic class. He has an ideologically driven anti-gun agenda, not an evidence based one.