New audio has surfaced of the controversial remarks former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made about guns and race during a February 6 event at the Aspen Institute. Bloomberg and his associates continue their attempts to suppress any audio or video of his remarks being made public.
“It’s controversial, but first thing is all of your — 95 percent of your murders and murderers, and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all of the cops. They are male, minorities, 15 to 25.
"That’s true in New York, it’s true in virtually every city in America.
“That’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed. First thing you can do to help that group is to keep them alive.
“The kids 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.
“It’s all the same group. Nobody in New York gets murdered — if you get murdered the first thing you want to do is ask ‘what were you selling or who are your family members.’ Because it just has to be you’re a drug dealer or you [unintelligible] a family quarrel. There’s just no other kind of murder whatsoever,” Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg also defended New York’s “stop-and-frisk” policy.
“We did a calculation on how many people who would have been dead if we hadn’t brought down the murder rate and gotten guns off the streets. And the way to get guns out of kids hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.
“So one of the unintended consequences is, people say ‘Oh, my God you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’
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.