Tuesday, April 18, 2006


From the Boston Globe:

Menino, Bloomberg announce gun summit

Note: Not a "gang" summit, a "crack dealer" summit, a "carjacker" summit, or an "armed assailant of any kind" summit. It's those pesky inanimate objects...again. Remember the big "car" summit that was held last year as the state legislature was exploring new ways to crack down on drunk driving in the Commonwealth?

Yeah, me neither.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that he and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will meet with mayors from more than a dozen other cities next week to discuss working together to prevent gun violence.

OK, ONE MORE TIME for the people in the cheap seats...

Guns aren't violent.

Criminals with guns are.

As are criminals with knives, golf clubs, and pointy sticks.

Mayors from Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Washington D.C., Providence, Seattle, and Trenton, N.J. are also expected to attend the meeting next Tuesday at Gracie Mansion in New York.

Menino, who reached out to Bloomberg in January after hearing him talk about gun violence in his inaugural address, has said he and Bloomberg would form a panel and tour the country asking other mayors to join them in crafting and lobbying for federal legislation to help cities and towns address the issue.

Let's recap:

It's against the law for anyone to use a gun in a criminal manner.

It's against the law for a criminal to own or carry any kind of gun.

Yet, Menino and Bloomberg are still looking to "solve" this problem of theirs (read: cover up for their own cities' flagrant inability to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate the criminals) through the creation of more laws.

The number of homicides in Boston reached a 10-year high last year. The number of fatal and nonfatal shootings through April 6 this year was 99, up from 57 for the same period last year.

Now, one could infer from that statement that is was the violent criminal population in Boston last year that returned to a 10-year high. Or that the violent criminal population of Boston today is up 74% from what it was this time last year. But, framing it thusly would, of course, make it harder for Mumbles and his nanny-state co-conspirators to justify additional restrictions on the rights of the law-abiding, NON-VIOLENT, NON-CRIMINAL population.

And we can't have that now, can we?

Have I mentioned lately how totally disconnected from reality our mayor is here in the once-beautiful People's Republic of Bostonia?