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Bloomberg Blocks Own Speech Tying Gun Violence to Minorities

Bloomberg Blocks Own Speech Tying Gun Violence to Minorities
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By    |   Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:03 AM

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to block dissemination of comments he made about gun violence and minorities at a Feb. 5 Aspen Institute appearance, The Aspen Times reported.

The Daily Caller characterized the remarks as "race-oriented."

Some conservative pro-gun groups have labeled Bloomberg's comments "racist" and challenged his assertion that most murders involved minorities.

Bloomberg told an audience of 400 in Aspen
that stopping minority-on-minority gun violence was essential to save lives and reduce crime.

Predicting that his remarks would be interpreted as "controversial," Bloomberg said that "95 percent" of murderers and murder victims were minorities. "They are male, minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York, it's true in virtually every city in America," he said, the Caller reported.

The billionaire former mayor is spending millions of dollars campaigning for tighter gun control laws at the state level partly through his Everytown for America group.

"You've got to get the guns out of the hands of the people getting killed," Bloomberg said. "First thing you can do to help that group is to keep them alive."

He said minority youngsters "think they're getting killed anyways because all of their friends are getting killed. So 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 the trigger."

He tied the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy under his administration to a determination to save minority lives. "So one of the unintended consequences is, people say 'Oh, my God you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.'"

Bloomberg continued, "Yes, that's true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes that's true, why do we do it? Because that's where all the crime is. And the first thing you can do for people is to stop them getting killed," Bloomberg said, according to the Caller.

Most murderers and their victims in New York City were either black or of Hispanic heritage, according to 2013 NYPD data.

Bloomberg has asked the Aspen Institute not to make footage of his remarks available.

The institute and the organization that filmed the appearance have agreed to honor his request.

"He did not give a reason nor did we have any reason to ask for one. We often feature speakers who prefer that their presentations not be videotaped," said institute spokesman Jim Spiegelman, according to the Times.

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Some conservative pro-gun groups say comments made by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg this month, linking gun violence and murders to minorities, are "racist" and unsupported.
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