Michael Bloomberg, who poured millions of his own money into Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group he helped found during a summit at Gracie Mansion, was back to talking about guns Friday night to a sold-out crowd at the Aspen Institute.
While Bloomberg’s talk touched on a number of subjects, tweeter @Popehat noticed something mentioned almost as an aside in the Aspen Times’ coverage of the event. Reporter Karl Herchenroeder noted that Bloomberg called for disarming young minority men in particular.
Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, he said.
“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg said. “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 a trigger.”