NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Refuses Brooklyn's Request for Armed National Guard Presence

When a rash of looting swept through Coney Island's Mermaid Avenue last week in Hurricane Sandy's wake, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz asked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to send the National Guard into his beleaguered borough.

Markowitz said the NYPD and NYFD are "brave -- but overwhelmed," suggesting the presence of armed soldiers would deter criminal activity in Brooklyn's still-inaccessible evacuation zones.

"All of our resources have been stretched to the limit," Markowitz said on Nov. 1. "In the name of public safety, we need to send more National Guard personnel into Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook, and any other locations."

Bloomberg summarily dismissed Markowitz's plea. "The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns," he said.

As a result of the anti-gun "lunacy that is Michael Bloomberg," Meredith Jessup reports in The Blaze on Nov. 2, "residents of Coney Island are trying to fight off looters with sticks and stones."

Rather than provide the security endangered constituents needed in an emergency, Bloomberg seized the moment to promote his anti-Second Amendment crusade.

Bloomberg's actions seem like "some cruelly ironic joke being played on New York City's hurricane-soaked residents," said RedState.com's Nov. 1 LaborUnionReport Diary, especially as "thousands of New Yorkers still sit in the dark, unarmed, vulnerable, and worried about looters."