Snowflakes in Hell has a copy. It's a list of 40 recommendations sent to the White House, aimed at making gun ownership more burdensome and costly.
The president's poll numbers are low, public enthusiasm for gun control is low, crime is low. He'd be a fool to tick off gun owners in advance of the next election. Keep shining the light on Bloomberg's agenda and it might crawl back into the shadows whence it came.
Posted by: jnheath at December 29, 2009 11:09 AM
In the echo chamber of NYC, this crap plays great. And Bloomberg is eyeing a run for the White House in 2012. We can yell all we want, but Americans elected Obama and he had a pretty antigun record. I wouldn't rule Nanny Bloomberg out. Not by a long shot.
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at December 29, 2009 12:56 PM
Bloomberg just got re-elected IIRC. He's bullet-proof right now.
Posted by: Jim D. at December 29, 2009 06:28 PM
Bloomberg might be bullet-proof, but the president and congressional Democrats are not, and what Bloomberg is requesting depends mostly on the federal executive branch. I'm no political analyst but Obama will own this thing, and it is likely to cost him and the Democrats more in the 2010 or 2012 elections than it could benefit them. It might be popular in the echo chamber of New York but he's got that sewn up anyway. I'm sure Obama would adopt all 40 recommendations if he could keep it relatively unnoticed, but if gun owners keep up the noise level those 40 recommendations could be whittled down to 10 or 5 or 3 or maybe even less. There's also the threat of litigating them under _Heller_, since the contours of the RKBA are far from settled. Litigation over these policies would keep gun owners stirred up through the 2012 election, which would benefit Republicans more than Democrats.
Posted by: jheath at December 30, 2009 07:41 AM
Actually bloomberg is only bullet proof as far as he is in office for the next four years but he did not win as big as expected and many people are unhappy with him getting the law changed so he could run the third time. The city council is also starting to override him on some substantial things of late. makes it interesting :)
Posted by: Rich at December 31, 2009 09:35 AM