Mr. Bloomberg, who owns a waterfront estate here, has walled off his life in Bermuda from voters in New York, arguing it is none of their business. He steadfastly refuses to say when he is on the island, and to blindfold prying eyes, he has blocked aviation Web sites from making public the movements of his private planes.
According to the article he goes there many weekends and plays a lot of golf. But the part that interests some folks, including FishyJay, is this.
The mayor also takes along a police detail when he travels, flying two officers on his private plane and paying as much as $400 a night to put them up at a hotel near his house; the city pays their wages while they are there, as it does whether Mr. Bloomberg is New York or not. Guns are largely forbidden in Bermuda — even most police officers do not use them — but the mayor’s guards have special permission to carry weapons. A spokesman for the Police Department declined to comment.
This often comes up about Bloomberg and other celebrities. Is it fair for someone to favor gun control or even gun bans and at the same time utilize armed guards for their own protection?
I say yes. Let's take a President, for example. A President could be extremely anti-gun, yet no one would suggest he shouldn't have the Secret Service around for protection. A similar rationale works for Michael Bloomberg, in my opinion. He's a wealthy high-profile political figure who needs armed protection regardless of his stand on gun control.
Is it necessarily hypocritical to promote severe restrictions on gun ownership, in general, among the regular folks, while recognizing the need for armed protection yourself? Personally, I don't think so. I don't see a problem with rich and famous people providing themselves with private security. What I do oppose is the increasing laxity in gun laws allowing many unqualified and even dangerous people to have guns. 40 States have shall issue now, according to Stephen. Arizona is allowing permitless concealed carry. Those are the things I have a problem with, not Mayor Bloomberg's body guards.
What about you? What's your opinion?