Now, why is his suggestion stupid? Well, let's consider this a moment: New York City has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, yet it continues to see gun violence. Without getting into the gun control debate, consider that NYC's finest, the NYPD and all other law enforcement professionals working within the borders of NYC, are the thin blue line that stands between the law-abiding and those who prey on them. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure Mayor Bloomberg has a protection detail that is comprised of some of the men and women from NYPD. If I understand Mayor Bloomberg's suggestion correctly, he thinks every cop in the nation, which would include NYC, should go on strike; take an unpaid vacation; stop fighting crime until such time as they laws HE believes in get passed, no matter how long that takes. Oh, Mr. Mayor - I think you've lost your mind.
To do so would mean every NYPD officer not coming to work and making it very public knowledge. Can you imagine the havoc that would reign in NYC in the first day? How about day two? three? five? ten? fifty? The citizens of NYC would start to leave in numbers never before seen. They'd have no choice. NYC would become a den of thieves and criminals the likes of which we've never before seen in this country, leaving the law-abiding citizens as nothing but unprotected targets, unable to defend themselves specifically because of Mayor Bloomberg's gun-control laws. Oh, yeah, Mr. Mayor: good suggestion. Way to recommend risking the lives and welfare of every law abiding citizen in your city; even the ones who voted for you. Maybe they'll rethink that?
As an experiment, I would suggest to Mayor Bloomberg that he forgo his protective detail and all police services within one block of city hall in NYC. Since the Mayor seems to feel that cops going on strike would be a good idea, maybe he should try it out. Just to test the veracity of his theories, maybe he should declare City Hall and one square block on each side off limits to the NYPD. I think he'd see the error of his ways pretty darn quick.
Mayor Bloomberg: your arrogance and ego are your undoing. We law enforcement professionals don't take the oath and perform our duty for any political purpose. We put on that uniform, pin on that badge, strap on that gun and go out into our communities to fight crime; to defend the meek; to enforce the law; to keep the peace and to fulfill the duty we chose. We fulfill the duty we embraced when we chose this career path. We back up our oath with a level of honor and dedication I don't think you'll ever understand.
But understand this: my honor and my duty are not things to be played with. They don't get conveniently set aside to serve your purpose. I will not compromise that which makes me a decent and moral human being to serve your cause.