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    Bloomberg Is Deposed in Guns Case

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    BY JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
    January 11, 2008
    URL: Bloomberg Is Deposed in Guns Case - January 11, 2008 - The New York Sun

    Mayor Bloomberg has been asked many times whether he harbors presidential aspirations. Yesterday may be the first time he was asked the question under oath.

    Mr. Bloomberg spent the day sitting for a deposition in a civil lawsuit, the first time he has done so as mayor. The defamation case against the mayor was brought by a South Carolina gun salesman who claims the mayor spoke ill of him in the press. The deposition lasted the entire workday, and the topics ranged from Mr. Bloomberg's views on the Second Amendment to whether he intended to run for president.

    Regarding a possible presidential run, a lawyer for Mr. Bloomberg told him not to state his current plans, but to speak only of his mindset in spring 2006, according to a video of the deposition viewed by The New York Sun.

    "I was not planning to run for president then," Mr. Bloomberg said. The 2006 date was used because it was around the time the South Carolina gun dealer, Larry Mickalis, first learned of the statements the mayor made about him, and it is the time frame at issue in the suit.

    "I was never at that period of time — in the period I was instructed to be able to answer — considering running for president," Mr. Bloomberg said.

    Lawyers for both sides spent several minutes arguing over whether Mr. Bloomberg would answer whether he was "planning to run for president as you sit here today." The question was posed by attorney Carl Pierce II of Charleston, S.C. It is not clear which lawyer was speaking for the mayor. Several lawyers representing him were in the room, including the city's corporation counsel, Michael Cardozo, and Kenneth Taber of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. In the end, the mayor did not answer it.

    At another point, Mr. Pierce asked Mr. Bloomberg about his understanding of the Second Amendment. Over the objection of a lawyer, the mayor responded: "I believe the Second Amendment of the bill of rights gives you the right to keep and bear arms. I also believe courts have held over the years that government does have the authority to limit these rights in situations when the public is in danger. For example, carrying concealed weapons in big cities."

    At another point, Mr. Bloomberg talked of his own experiences with guns, including the .22 rifle his mother bought for him while he was a boy scout. He also said he had been handed a gun on one or two occasions at FBI ranges, but could not recall whether he fired it.

    The lawsuit at issue stems from an investigation by the city into whether certain out-of-state gun dealers were responsible for a disproportionate number of crime guns recovered in New York City. The investigation included a sting operation in which private investigators tried to make straw purchases at several gun shops, including Mr. Mickalis's.

    Mr. Mickalis, along with two other attorneys, Sonaly Hendricks and Justin Kahn, were present for the deposition. At one point in the deposition, Mr. Pierce invited the mayor to have Mr. Mickalis arrested if the mayor believed the gun dealer had committed a crime. The mayor did not order any such arrest.

    At one point, Mr. Bloomberg said that "as far as I know" the city was paying for the Web site of the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" coalition, which Mr. Bloomberg played a leading role in founding. The coalition has brought significant national attention to Mr. Bloomberg.

    The mayor said the press he has received for the venture has not necessarily been good for his national image, hinting at the enmity he has engendered from gun rights groups.

    "Generally people would say it's not good politics, but politics had nothing to do with it," Mr. Bloomberg said of the organization.

    Mr. Pierce, following the deposition, described the mayor as "collegial."

    "I think he made a big effort to be friendly," Mr. Pierce said.

    During the deposition, Mr. Bloomberg did not discuss his assets beyond saying he was a billionaire. He added, "The papers say that I am a very wealthy person."

    At one point, Mayor Bloomberg quipped to the room full of lawyers: "I never wanted to be a lawyer."

    Mr. Pierce replied: "That might get you elected president."

    Mr. Bloomberg smiled and pursed his lips.

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    Now if some DA would just charge him with conspiracy to violate city, state and federal laws.

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    Bloomberg, is most definitely anti - 2A, PERIOD.

    Bloomberg can pack sand. I would never vote for him or Rudy or McCain or Rommey - all anti-2A.

    Huckabee is definitely Pro-2A then Ron Paul then Thompson.

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    He should be deposed. Where's a poll when you need one ...
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
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    bloombergs an idiot.just because he has money and time on his hands,
    he thinks hes some kinka crusader out to change the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glock27mark View Post
    just because he has money and time on his hands, he thinks hes some kinka crusader out to change the world.
    Crusaders are fine, so long as the change is good and the individual isn't run roughshould under the treads of "progress" envisioned by many who are temporarily handed reins of power. The poor sod should recognize one thing: it's not his reins; nor his power, though he may administer it. He derailed long ago, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glock27mark View Post
    bloombergs an idiot.just because he has money and time on his hands,
    he thinks hes some kinka crusader out to change the world.
    Sort of like George Soros?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DOGOFWAR01 View Post

    Huckabee is definitely Pro-2A then Ron Paul then Thompson.
    Anybody that is supported by Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris has my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Now if some DA would just charge him with conspiracy to violate city, state and federal laws.
    Oh yeah..........
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    What's WRONG with you people?

    Leave Mayor Bloomberg alone.

    It's all covered right here.

    Amendment II

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed....unless...a totally useless left wing highly delusional billionaire Mayor decides that law abiding American citizens should not be able to carry a firearm for personal protection in his cesspool of a crime ridden "two legged rat" infested big city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    What's WRONG with you people?

    Leave Mayor Bloomberg alone.

    It's all covered right here.

    Amendment II

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed....unless...a totally useless left wing highly delusional billionaire Mayor decides that law abiding American citizens should not be able to carry a firearm for personal protection in his cesspool of a crime ridden "two legged rat" infested big city.
    What you been clerking for Ginsberg?
    "[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
    They are left in full possession of them."

    Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton

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    How can somebody NOT remember whether they fired a gun at an FBI range? It's not everyday that somebody goes to an FBI range after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    He should be deposed. Where's a poll when you need one ...
    No, he should be Disposed of.
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    Were Bloomberg's lips moving? In that case, he WAS lying...OMO...
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    No, he should be Disposed of.
    Kingly types get deposed, and his lordship Blooomberg certainly thinks himself of the sort. Either way, his crusading for the practical disarmament of citizens needs to stop.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
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