Sunday, February 06, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg charged NY taxpayers and the NYPD for his Arizona caper

2/6/11, "Times are tough all over — so how nice that city taxpayers are contributing to Arizona’s economy.

That’s the upshot of the Bloomberg administration’s bizarre

  • undercover sting at a Phoenix gun show last month.

Complete with locally hired private investigators and hidden cameras, the project cost $100,000 — out of the NYPD budget — to demonstrate that it’s really, really easy to buy a gun in Arizona.

Who’da thunk it?

The sting also showed that the average person can purchase a high-capacity handgun magazine similar to that used in last month’s Tucson shooting that killed six people and grievously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Again, this is such profound news that

  • New Yorkers had to foot the bill to discover it?

Not surprisingly, Arizona authorities were ticked off, given that they weren’t even given a courtesy “heads-up” that the operation was going on. State Attorney General Tom Horne rightly called it a “public relations stunt.”

Bloomberg, of course, has never been bashful about putting taxpayers’ money

  • where his mouth is.

It would have been better had Bloomberg done something substantive —

  • as opposed to a publicity gimmick.

Instead of dipping into the NYPD budget for out-of-state stunts, why not just direct the department to stop buying Glock handguns until the manufacturer stops selling high-capacity magazines to private citizens?

Glock manufactured the magazine used in the Tucson shooting.

A boycott would be most appropriate."

2/6/11, "Mike's Arizona Stimulus," NY Post Editorial

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12/17/10, $80 million in"Alleged payroll fraud slipped through cracks: Bloomberg." AP, NY Post

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