On December 22, registered nurse and fourth-year medical student Meredith Graves, from Tennessee, was visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Ms. Graves, rather than abdicating responsibility for her security to others, was carrying a defensive handgun, as she is licensed to do in Tennessee. That, unfortunately, avails her nothing in New York. When she saw the “No Guns” sign before entering, she did her best to comply with the law, asking a security guard where she could check her gun. The guard directed her to a police officer, who promptly arrested her for violation of New York’s laws against self-defense. She now faces, if convicted, a minimum of 3 1/2 years in prison–and New York apparently intends to aggressively pursue the case.
So far, nothing especially unsual about the story–we recently talked about another visitor from out of state who is now facing prison charges stemming from his failure to realize how passionately the New York ruling class loves mandated defenselessness. Well, actually, there is something unusual about it: this case has led even some New York politicians to think that the law needs to be changed. Where this story exceeds the typical level of outrageousness of New York’s forcible citizen disarmament culture is the libelous lie Mayor Bloomberg (presumably annoyed that his beloved gun laws were being questioned) smeared Ms. Graves with. From Capital New York:
When asked whether the woman deserved any leniency, Mayor Michael Bloomberg indicated to reporters at a press conference in Brooklyn today that she had other problems.
“Let’s assume she didn’t get arrested for carrying a gun,” he said. “She probably would have gotten arrested for the cocaine that was in her pocket.”
Cocaine in her pocket? Umm . . . no. What the police found on her person was “white powder in two glassine envelopes.” Graves explained that the white powder was powdered aspirin, and indeed the toxicology tests the police ran discovered no illegal substances.
Bloomberg’s press conference was one full week after the arrest. Even if the lab results were still pending (that’s not entirely clear), Bloomberg had changed the arrest report’s “alleged cocaine” to simply “cocaine in her pocket”–a rather enormous difference.
Bloomberg, or his “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” lying to advance the anti-gun agenda is of course nothing new. We recently talked about MAIG claiming to have the signature of a mayor who had died before the various letters were written. MAIG has also claimed mayors who had never joined the organization–another vile calumny.
Massad Ayoob hopes Ms. Graves sues Bloomberg for libel, and thereby fund her defense against the felony charges she faces. Not a bad idea.
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