Armed and Generous: The Jewish 1% Who are Packing Heat

April 24, 2012 10:07 am 5 comments

SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern. Photo: www.greginhollywood.com.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made no secret of his desire for tighter gun control laws in America.  In his own city however, it seems some of the wealthiest citizens, many of them Jewish, have a license to carry firearms.

Howard Stern, Ronald Lauder, Adam Rose, Ivan Seidenberg, and Martin Goodstein are just some of the wealthy New Yorkers lawfully permitted to carry a gun. The information was uncovered by the New York Post under the Freedom of Information Act.

Together, the names on the list have given tens of millions of dollars to civic, educational, and Jewish related organizations around the world.

Ronald Lauder, with an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion according to Forbes Magazine, is among those permitted to carry a loaded weapon around New York City, as is Adam Rose, who oversees development of the Stuyvesant Town apartment complex’s on Manhattan’s east side.

“There’s a sense that things can unravel — and where will you be then?” former police officer and current John Jay College professor Eugene O’Donnell told The Post.  “Ivan Seidenberg, he’s faced a lot of shareholder and union stuff. He’s the kind of guy who might need a gun. He’s got people coming at him with pitchforks.”

Seidenberg is a former CEO of Verizon and the company’s current chairman.

Just over 21,000 New York City residents hold a firearm license, in addition to roughly another 14,000 retired police officers.

“The work of [NYPD Commissioner] Ray Kelly and the NYPD has made New York City the safest big city in the country. Crime is down 35% over the past decade, and murders are at historic lows. But as our officers put their lives on the line to take guns off the street, they are getting no support from Washington – with terrible consequences,” Bloomberg wrote in early April, as part of his efforts to increase federal gun control regulations.

5 Comments

  • Seregy Golovogo

    The most fundamental of human rights is the right to defend yourself against violence. Bloomberg denies this right to the poorest and most vulnerable in New York City.

    Bloomberg wants you to depend on the government for your safety. That is inexcusable.

    He also has a terrible track record on the fourth amendment. According to the New York Times, over 300,000 people were stopped on the street and frisked by police when the police had no reasonable suspicion that the civilian had done anything wrong. This is considered constitutional under Terry v. Ohio.

    Bloomberg’s track record is one of human rights violations. He should be ousted from office immediately.

  • Peter Caroline

    “Lawfully permitted to carry a gun.” Permitted?! It’s a Right, dammit, and you shouldn’t need to be rich or famous or an ex-cop to exercise that right, especially in a city where the Mayor is a rich Jew surrounded by armed protection. Bloomberg, the anti-gun mayor, is a disgrace to the Jews and an insult to the Talmud.

  • What is needed is what we have here in Wyoming. No permit needed to carry either open or concealed. Remember when seconds count the police will be there in minutes or longer or maybe not at all.

  • Bloomberg whines endlessly about guns from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alabama that are used in New York crimes. He never admits that most guns used in New York crimes originate in New York. Additionally, he never admits that Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alabama have a lower violent crime rate, lower robbery rate and lower assault rate. The murder rates are about the same. Seems to most of us, he ought to punish criminals instead of the guys who don’t do crimes. It also seems New York allows licenses only to the rich and those who protect the rich. Perhaps he believes that’s fair. Kinda’ sad, and outrageous.

  • Peter Malkin

    How can anyone read this and not see the injustice and hyporcisy in the current firearms permitting system in places like New York City and New Jersey. In these jurisdictions, where politicians reflexively seek to limit law abiding citizens’ rights to purchase, possess and carry firearms for self-protection, permits are granted on a discretionary basis. Who gets them? The politically connected, retired police officers, and wealthy celebrities. This needs to end. The system should be “shall issue” as it is in more than 40 states: pass a background check, show that you have some training, and you get your permit. My life is just as valuable as Ivan Seidenberg’s or a retired police officer’s and the inherent human right to self-defense should not be restricted by the government based on what job you held or how much money you have.

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