Another Gun-Grabbing Criminal Bloomberg Mayor Guilty
“The mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, resigned on Monday, a city official said, after the mayor pleaded guilty last week to a state criminal conspiracy charge that he ordered city employees to perform work at a warehouse leased by his family members,” Reuters reports. “Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, 58, pleaded guilty on Friday in state superior court to second degree conspiracy as part of an agreement in which prosecutors will recommend a five-year prison sentence…
“The plea agreement also required that Torres relinquish his office, never again hold a government job in New Jersey and repay Paterson $10,000 for the time city workers spent at the private warehouse,” the report explains. Left unsaid is another ironic result of the felony conviction: Torres is now a “prohibited person,” forbidden by law to own a gun.
I say “ironic” because Torres was a vocal member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of oath-breaking urban chief executives committed to treating “shall not be infringed” as an option to ignore or eviscerate as suits their agenda.
When he was mayor of New York City, Bloomberg actually called Torres out for special recognition in a “State of the City” address:
“Today, we’re joined by the mayor of Paterson, Jose (Joey) Torres. Mayor Torres, New York City offers its deepest condolences to you and your city. And we’ll also join you in working to bring sanity to gun policy in our nation. Next week, more than 50 mayors from across the country — who are part of our coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — will gather in Washington, D.C., to take up this challenge.
“And I’m happy to say that Mayor Torres will be with us. Our goal will be getting Congress to overturn a wrong-headed law — one that blocks access at the local level to federal data that would let us hold gun dealers accountable for illegally selling to gun traffickers. Mayor Torres and I have a simple message for Congress: It’s time to take ideology out of crime-fighting and time to give mayors — the people who are responsible for policing our streets — the tools we need to protect our citizens.”
In other words, not content to disregard the Bill of Rights in their own ruined corners of the Republic, they’re intent on imposing their edicts everywhere, in Everytown, bending everyone to their will. And as for that “wrong-headed law” Bloomberg and Torres sought to overturn? If they do, they’re likely to screw things up and get people killed:
“Both BATFE and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) oppose release of trace data. In fact, BATFE has fought for years in the federal courts to keep trace records confidential, because they contain information (such as names of gun buyers) that could jeopardize ongoing investigations—not to mention law enforcement officers’ lives.”
The galling thing about this to gun owner rights advocates is that criminal mayors like Torres appear to be the rule rather than the exception. Just two weeks ago I reported on another Bloomberg coalition member who resigned after years of child rape accusations. It’s actually something I’ve been reporting on for years, documenting instance after instance of corruption, violence, substance abuse, sexual perversion and more.
Then add in the conduct of other gun-grabbing politicians higher up in the food chain, like California gun-runner-to-the-gangs Leland Yee, or just sentenced while weeping control-for-thee-but-not-for-me freak Anthony Weiner.
That society compensates such corrupted ethics with political power, when by all objective standards these degenerates should be regarded as weaklings and reprobates, speaks not of their achievements but of the misplaced cultural values they exemplify and feed off of. These oath-breakers conduct their lives with arrogance, deception, deviancy and gall. They seek to control good Americans when they won’t control themselves, and as such merit nothing but loathing, defiance and resistance.
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