I rarely comment on politics in my journal, I would like to put my 2 cents in about a situation reported in FishbowlNY by Jerry Barmash. I can never accept hypocrisy on the part of any of our elected officials. I must give great kudos to PIX-11 reporter Mary Murphy who really nailed Michael “Money Bags” Bloomberg. I certainly commend the mayor for his public stand on gun control especially in the light of recent tragedies, in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Sadly, there have been too many shootings in NYC and I applaud the mayor for his stand on gun control. He has even taken on President Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on this issue.
In June NYC sold 28,000 rounds of spent shell casings from the NYPD firing range in the Bronx to an ammunition dealer in Georgia. Thus, it is quite possible that this metal will be used to create bullets that will kill innocent people. Ms Murphy confronted both the mayor and the police commissioner on this issue. Bloomberg told her that there must be competitive bidding and since the ammunition submitted the highest bid, the city must accept it. On one hand Bloomberg is fighting for gun control, but the almighty buck is more important to him. The city should sell the spent shell casing for scrap metal even it it gets less money for it.
An ordinary citizen can not confront a public official, thus we must rely on the media to do it for us. Very often I have felt that the media creates the news by making heroes of people like the Kardashians for the almighty rating point. In this case Mary Murphy really put Mayor Bloomberg on the spot while he was irresponsible to the citizens who want to thwart the makers of guns and ammunition anyway we can. Please see the article in FishbowlNY which includes the video of Mary’s questioning of the mayor and police commissioner.