(CNSNews.com) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is "a blooming idiot" for giving testimony on Wednesday that supports illegal aliens while attacking the rights of American gun owners, a pro-gun group has charged.
During testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing held in Philadelphia, Bloomberg said: "Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders ... our city's economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation."
That comment drew the ire of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), which accused the mayor of being "a blooming idiot" for preferring to see the country overrun by illegal aliens than give a break to law-abiding American gun owners.
"While Bloomberg has launched a campaign to attack the rights of American gun owners," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, "it is obvious he is rather selective about whom he considers a criminal."
"He doesn't seem at all alarmed that among the millions of illegal aliens sneaking into this country are criminals and possible terrorists," Gottlieb added. "But evidently, he thinks that scenario is far preferable to one in which law-abiding citizens can arm themselves against thugs, including ones that are here illegally."
Bloomberg also told the hearing, which was chaired by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), that if the government expects more border patrols to stop undocumented workers from pouring into the country, "you might as well sit on the beach and tell the tide not to come in."
Gottlieb also disagreed with Bloomberg's assessment of border control enforcement.
"More than a year ago," he recalled, "CCRKBA launched a campaign calling on the Bush administration to concentrate on border control, not gun control. We knew then, as we know today, that Americans are greatly concerned about illegal aliens."
"While many of those illegal immigrants are here to take jobs, others come here to commit crimes, ranging from drug trafficking to murder," Gottlieb noted. "Some of their victims have been police officers on duty. Yet there hasn't been a whimper from Mayor Bloomberg about this, only about ratcheting down on firearms.
"New York City has suffered a recent rash of stabbings, some of which were apparently committed by illegal aliens," he noted, "yet where is the mayor's concern about that? It's not the weapon, it's the criminal."
During Wednesday's hearing, Bloomberg also called the nation's immigration laws "fundamentally broken" because employers are required "not to do anything more than eyeball" a workers' documents while knowing that bogus Social Security documents and "fake green cards are a dime a dozen."
Rather than "winking at businesses that hired illegal immigrants," Bloomberg said, the government should require all workers to carry "biometric" cards that use DNA or a fingerprint ID -- and require that employers check such cards against a national database.
"Mayor Bloomberg should be demanding tighter security along our borders instead of mounting dubious gun shop stings as a way to thwart crime," Gottlieb said. "Instead of interfering with ongoing criminal investigations to grab a headline, Bloomberg should devote his energies to making this country more secure, and that doesn't require him to trample on anyone's gun rights.
"He would rather harass American gun owners who have broken no laws, instead of going after illegal aliens who have broken our immigration laws by just being on our soil," he added.
Also disagreeing with Bloomberg's testimony at the hearing was a Pennsylvania mayor who has pushed for local ordinances cracking down on illegal immigrants. Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta used the occasion to ask for federal government assistance toward his efforts.
"We must dig deep into the city's accounts to pay for illegal immigrants, while illegal immigrants do not pay their fair share of taxes, either to the city, the county, the state or the country," Barletta said.
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