Media reports of a traffic incident for which former New York City Mayor David Dinkins is being sued present two conflicting claims. Evidently not at issue are reports that the deliveryman sustained a broken ankle and that Dinkins drove away from the scene of the accident. The conflict between accounts appears to come from what the retired politician and his lawyer have told reporters.
Mr. Dinkins, 89, said in a statement on Saturday that he was driving his wife, Joyce, to a hospital emergency room when the episode occurred and that he did not know he had hit anyone until he was a block and a half away, when a man approached his car and told him.
Dinkins told cops the bicyclist drove into the side of his car.
So which is it? Was he aware at the time, enough to make an official police report claiming the bicyclist was at fault, or was he oblivious, needing to be told he’d had a collision that spun the deliveryman 180 degrees and left him sprawled on the pavement?
One aspect of the story in which all accounts agree is that the cops did not report leaving the scene and the former mayor has not been charged. Why that’s the case, regardless of the excuse, is another story that basically goes something like “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”
But special treatment for Big Apple big shots aside (just look who gets the concealed carry “permits”), there’s another reason why Dinkins’ word should come into question – at least by anyone who thinks that oaths have meaning.
If you have been elected, appointed, or hired by the City of New York, you must file your Oath of Office with the City Clerk. The fee for an Oath of Office is $9 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk. When you file an Oath of Office, you swear to support and uphold the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of New York, and the Charter of the City of New York. You also pledge to faithfully discharge the duties to which you have been elected, appointed, or hired to execute. For further information, please call 311.
It might be worth a call just to ask how many of them mean it. Because it’s a cinch Dinkins, his fellow citizen disarmament zealots, and their enforcers didn’t, at least when it came to the Second Amendment portion of the Bill of Rights.
In 1991, the New York City Council, at the prodding of Mayor David N. Dinkins … passed, and the Mayor signed into law, a flat ban on the private possession of certain semi-automatic rifles and shotguns — namely, certain imitation or look-alike assault firearms … The ban … applied regardless of reason or need for the firearm — and it was passed despite then-Police Commissioner Lee Brown`s testimony that no registered “assault weapon” had been used in a violent crime in the city.
A man who announced he would not comply was arrested and his firearms seized. NYPD notified New Yorkers who had been previously licensed that their guns “had to be surrendered, rendered inoperable or taken out of the city,” and ordered “to send back a sworn statement indicating what had been done with those firearms.”
So much for “shall not be infringed,” eh, New York City oath-takers? Besides, Dinkins’ security concerns were taken care of (on the taxpayers’ dime).
Disarmament, of course, is the obvious motive behind so-called (i.e., fraudulent) “universal background checks.” The DOJ’s National Institute of Justice admitted as much in its “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies”:
Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration… [emphasis added].
But back to Mayor Dinkins and an unfortunate situation where he has only himself to blame for his word being questioned. It boils down to a “boy who cried wolf” conundrum.
Say he’s completely innocent and being played here: Why should anyone believe anything from someone who swore an oath and then so blatantly violated it — for political power?
Fool me once and all that…