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Mayor Michael Bloomberg presides over one of the largest municipal corporations in the United States and feels this gives him a say in the national scene. He has a gigantic police department and an ego to go with his position. He cannot, however, veto the laws of the United States or of the state of New York. Basically what he can do is use his platform to argue for whatever ideas he espouses and bully a compliant council. Other than that he has less executive power than Matt Mead—someone whose name relatively few people recognize because he is Governor of Wyoming, a state with a mere fraction of the population of NYC.
The term municipal corporation has an important meaning here. Municipal corporations are subdivisions of states with limited powers granted by statute or power. In fact, a portion of New York City is beyond the jurisdiction of the Mayor. The Mayor has also sent private detectives to conduct sting operations outside the state as well as the city of New York.
In USA Today Mr Bloomberg wrote:
Obama should direct the Justice Department to step up its prosecution of gun criminals who try to buy guns. In 2009, 71,000 people who had been convicted of gun crimes tried to buy guns by lying on their background checks. Yet the federal government prosecuted only 77 of those cases. That’s one-tenth of 1%. These are gun criminals trying to buy guns illegally — and the federal government is letting them walk.
The question I have is whether Mr Bloomberg would support the prosecution of his investigators who lied on 4473s in order to make straw purchases—a felony since 1968. And should not all participants in such an enterprise—including Michael Bloomberg—be prosecuted?