Billionaire liberal and gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg said it was "ridiculous" and "irrational" that Johns Hopkins University does not have private, armed security to protect its students and faculty, especially given "the murder rate that Baltimore has," reported the Baltimore Sun.
"When you have a city that has the murder rate that Baltimore has, I think it’s ridiculous to think that they shouldn’t be armed,” said Bloomberg, speaking with reporters on Jan. 22 at the Maryland State House.
Blomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering; he also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1966. Over the years, Bloomberg, who has a net worth of $56 billion, reportedly has donated at least $3.3 billion to the university.
As the Baltimore Sun reported, Johns Hopkins University and hospital are seeking permission from the Maryland General Assembly to hire a private, armed security force to police the school's several campuses and other institutions in the vicinity.
"Bloomberg said having an armed police force would put Hopkins on par with other colleges that already have them," reported the Baltimore Sun. "Bloomberg said it’s 'irrational' for Hopkins not to be able to have the same security as similar schools, especially given its large number of employees. The Johns Hopkins institutions employ nearly 45,000 workers in Baltimore, making Hopkins the city's largest employer, according to the state Department of Commerce."
“One of the things I do hear all the time from people who are trying to decide where their kids are going to go to college, they are worried very much about the crime rate, and when they want to go to a hospital, they worry about the crime rate,” said Bloomberg.
Although Bloomberg is staunchly supportive of employing armed security at his alma mater, he has long been a harsh critic of the Second Amendment and spent tens of millions of dollars to impose more gun controls on law-abiding citizens.
In December, the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action said of Bloomberg, "While professing his support for the Second Amendment and that 'no one wants to take away anyone’s guns,' his efforts – through his Everytown gun control group and otherwise – have included advocating for bans on the manufacture and sale of 'assault weapons' and 'high capacity magazines,' increased background checks, and in Washington State, spending a quarter of a million dollars to push through an initiative in November that bans the purchase and possession of semiautomatic rifles by law-abiding young adults, without an exception for guns lawfully acquired before the law takes effect."
"In an appearance in 2015, he apparently went so far as to advocate an age, race and gender-based ban, to 'get the guns' away from minority males, reported the NRA-ILA.