New York City has 35,000 troops under arms. Mayor Bloomberg has called it "The seventh biggest army in the world".
The New York State Police has another 6,000 troops.
The New York Port Authority adds another 1,600, The New York Transit Police adds 600, the New York State Department of Conservation Police adds 300, the New York State Park Police adds 230, and so on.
Once you add in other cities and towns of New York, you've got almost 600 distinct agencies and over 95,000 troops.
You won't be surprised to hear that with this many boots on the ground, that there's some bullying going on.
Chief Michael Biasotti, president of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, bravely stood up for the victims of the bullying on NPR yesterday, when in an act of defiance – a shiver-inducing stand, a true case of the powerless speaking truth to the powerful, he spoke out against bullying.
The victims? Him and the other 95,000 armed government employees in New York State.
The bully? A family-owned company.
How did these lawless bullying thugs hurt the feelings of the vulnerable and powerless cops?
I'm glad you asked. They did two things: 1) they said hurtful things, and 2) they refused to carry on voluntary commerce with the oppressed.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms.
Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States, ignoring such SCOTUS rulings as District of Columbia v. Heller – 554, U.S. 570 of 2008, McDonald v. Chicago – 561 U.S. 3025 of 2010, and specifically the case of United States v. Miller – 307 U.S. 174 of 1939.
Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers.
"In short, Olympic Arms will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York – henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.
If the leaders of the State of New York are willing to limit the right of the free and law abiding citizens of New York to arm themselves as they see fit under the Rights enumerate to all citizens of the United State through the Second Amendment, we feel as though the legislators and government entities within the State of New York should have to abide by the same restrictions."
The last paragraph is particularly galling. How dare Olympic Arms compare the right, just, and legitimate governmental action of threatening to jail non-violent citizens for a decade with their own extremist, unfair and illegitimate decision to not engage in commerce?
I, for one, salute Michael Biasotti for his brave stand against bullies and bullying. His taking to the air waves and explaining that he and the police are not used to being bullied in this way and do not enjoy being bullied opened my eyes.
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