Michael Bloomberg’s authoritarian jihad against the right to bear arms has lurched so far into self-parody, a tourist shop has been fined $60,000 for selling cigarette lighters shaped like tiny pistols:
“We don’t have the money,” said Fred Shayes, 49, who owns US Camera & Computer Inc. near Penn Station. “I would have to take a loan out from the bank to pay that.”
But as Shrillary memorably pointed out, our rulers don’t concern themselves with the plight of undercapitalized businesses.
Under city law, toy guns can’t be sold in the city unless they are bright green, blue, red or a neon color.
It’s not a toy, you say? It’s a lighter? Quiet. Lighters facilitate smoking; Bloomberg might double the fine.
Inspectors for the Bloomberg Regime assert that the lighters could be confused with real handguns, as if that justified banning them. Judge for yourself:
After the thugs appeared at his shop, Shayes pulled the lighters off the shelf immediately and returned them to the manufacturer. Not good enough. Maintaining a bloated obscenity the size of New York City’s government costs money. This may be the reason officials shake down business owners over trifles rather than address crime.
Shayes may have to go out of business because of the fine. The Mafia would have left him with enough to keep the doors open, so they could shake him down again in the future. But our statist rulers are not as forward-thinking or responsible as the Mafia. They assume there will always be someone else to loot and destroy.
On tips from Sean C, Dr. 9, and Mickey Shea.