“Our children are getting killed with guns in the street. Our police are getting killed. I think it would be an outrage if we didn’t prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.” — Mayor Michael Bloomberg trying to somehow equate the Plaxico Burress accident to children dying in the streets
How can Mayor Bloomberg demand a minimum of a 3 1/2 year sentence when only 10% who are charged with this crime are convicted – often to a lesser charge? Why should he get a worse punishment than well over 90% of people would get? Burress wasn’t involved in a robbery. No drugs involved. To date there is no indication that this was anything other than an accident.
The Mayor thinks that because Burress is in the public eye he should be made an example of. I can think of a politician from N.Y. who didn’t get made an example of because of his stature. Do you remember Governor Elliot Spitzer? The “sheriff” who made a living off of his hypocrisy. Plaxico Burress isn’t even a politician. He’s a football player.
I’m not saying he should get off with nothing, after all it appears the gun was not properly secured and there was the potential of an innocent person getting hurt. The problem is unequal/selective enforcement. Go after some with fury and let repeat violent criminals back on the street with a slap on the wrist. I can’t help but wonder if these things are related to race.
Michael Vick was treated worse than they treat a lot of rapists and other violent criminals. I love dogs and I’m certainly not defending him for that, but does fighting pit bulls rise above violent crimes against people? There have been a lot of teachers who have gotten a lot more sympathy the last few years for raping students than Vick got for being a teenager in a twenty something body.
How does Plaxico Burress get a fair trial when the Mayor of the Big Apple says he wants the book thrown at him? He’s been tried and convicted by the Mayor of New York City without a trial. This is just another example of trying to take advantage of a situation to push his own views against the Second Amendment right to bear arms. To say his comments were unprofessional would be a huge understatement. I mean, this isn’t Helter Skelter here. It was a dumb accident.
Michael Bloomberg is a guy who disregards the will of the people and decides he can run for a 3rd term. Isn’t this what people want to keep out of politics? People who can buy the office with buckets of cash and who don’t ever want to leave? There is something about money and incumbency that wins elections. If we are going to extend term limits let’s have a do over and put Rudy Giuliani back in there and let him defend the crown.
The hypocrisy is incredible. It was the same Bloomberg who squashed a bill in 2002 that would have extended the terms of some officials. Bloomberg said back then that elected officials shouldn’t be changing rules to benefit themselves politically. The same hypocrite wants to set an example of a football player who had a dumb accident.
“There’s blood on the streets of people who died for the right to vote and the mayor of the city of New York is ignoring all of that.” — Councilwoman Letisha James