- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg argued Monday he needs more gun protection than the average citizen because his politics and enormous wealth make him a frequent target.

The former New York City mayor was confronted during a Fox News town hall about taking a decidedly anti-gun stance while also employing an armed security team to protect him.

Virginia voter Clarke Chitty asked, “How do you justify pushing for more gun control when you have an armed security detail that is likely equipped with the same firearms and magazines that you seek to ban the common citizen from owning? Does your life matter more than mine, or my family’s, or these people’s?”

The audience cheered before Mr. Bloomberg gave his argument that he apparently deserves more gun protection than the average citizen because he’s so high-profile.

“Look, I probably get 40 or 50 threats every week, OK?” he answered. “And some of them are real. That just happens when you’re the mayor of New York City or you’re very wealthy and if you’re campaigning for president of the United States. You get lots of threats.

“So, I have a security detail, I pay for it all myself, and, you know, they’re all retired police officers who are very well trained in firearms,” he added.

Mr. Bloomberg went on to downplay his gun control policies, saying he only wants laws that “prevent us from selling guns to people with psychiatric problems, criminals, or people that are minors,” as well as closing the private gun sales loophole.

“If you think we should sell guns to people that have psychiatric problems or are 12 years old or people who have a criminal record, then I guess we just come at this from very situations, but that’s what I think,” he told the man.

The answer sparked angry protests from the audience, causing the moderators to cut to a commercial break.

According to Mr. Bloomberg’s website, the former mayor wants a federal ban on “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” and he wants to force current owners to report them to federal officials.

He also wants to require “secure storage of firearms when they are not in use” and a federal ban on guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — “except for law enforcement,” his website states.

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