Bloomberg group used heroin-abusing actor Hoffman in anti-gun video David Codrea|Gun Rights Examiner Subscribe February 2, 2014 Note: This article was written before news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was announced. The timing of it with the news of his death is purely coincidental. Once published, it was removed and slightly rewritten to accommodate that news by removing recommendations for his future actions. I made the decision to not remove it entirely in deference to this morning's news with the understanding that this will nonetheless upset some. ----- Cartoonists create film to fight for gun control, sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Saturday post on Mike Vanderboeghs Sipsey Street Irregulars blog reported, providing a link to a New York Daily News story that many of us, including this correspondent, missed when it was published last April. The group, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, recruited the talents of the nations [sic] top cartoonists, with narration by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore, the report by political reporter Adam Edelman explained. Not unexpectedly, considering the source, even though the story was presented as news, a quick read shows it to be undisguised, agenda-driven propaganda, dripping with Edelmans personal sympathies and subjective opinions. The choice of Hoffman as a narrator perhaps explains why the video has not been promoted more and why, after nine months of being released by an organization backed by Bloombergs vast financial and media resources, the You Tube video has attracted fewer than 173,000 views at this writing. And legitimate news media real reporter/Authorized Journalist Edelmans pronouncements that the cartoon is moving and touching notwithstanding, comments for the video have been disabled by the MAIG Coalition lest any might disagree, and find it brainless, shallow and manipulative. So much for that national conversation on guns. The reason Hoffmans participation proves problematic for the Bloomberg group is because, the month after the cartoon was released, TMZ.com reported the actor had just got out of detox for a drug problem that was spinning out of control. [He had] struggled with substance abuse in the past [and] fell off the wagon more than a year ago, the report elaborated. He tells TMZ it started slowly with prescription pills, and recently escalated to snorting heroin. In other words, he was abusing drugs during the time he provided voice-over services oozing with concern for the children in a professionally-produced media campaign calling for increased infringement on the right of clean and sober Americans to keep and bear arms, meaning Hoffman was engaging in illegal and grossly irresponsible behavior that actually disqualified him from having a gun himself. Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic, or any controlled substance? question 11.e. on ATFs Form 4473 Firearm Transfer Record asks. If the answer is yes, federal law classifies the respondent a prohibited person, who would be committing a felony if hes in possession of a gun. In other words, it would have made Hoffman the very type of person MAIG says it wants guns to be illegal for (disregarding the reality that their efforts seem wholly targeted toward demanding more infringements against the law-abiding). That makes Hoffmans narration of the anti-gun video all the more creepy, particularly with his opening line, asking How many more street corners, as a frightened woman walks along a seedy urban street, eyed by a character in a car and another across the street, with a despondent-looking shadow figure in the foreground. And thats because, by contributing to the heroin trade as a user, Hoffman has helped fund some of the most desperate, dangerous and violent people not just in the U.S. but also the murderous international cartels that produce and smuggle the junk into the country, distribute it to the neighborhoods, and fight turf wars with guns they have no problem getting, with stupid things like Form 4473s and gun bans not even slowing them down. A heroin epidemic claiming the lives of young adults locally and across the nation is continuing despite a crackdown on suppliers and increased efforts to warn users of the drug's deadly effects, USA Today (part of the anti-gun Gannett newspaper chain) reported Friday, not just about MAIGs birthplace city, but across the land. A newly issued report sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that a heroin epidemic is underway in South Florida, The Miami Herald corroborated. The problem has become an epidemic, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in the aftermath of the crackdown on pill mills that dispensed high-potency painkillers. Sound like anyone we know? Scourge of Heroin Abuse in Vermont Mirrors National Epidemic, ABC News echoed. Heroin is killing Cuyahoga County residents by the hundreds, the Cleveland Plain Dealer chimed in. Overdoses were the number one cause of accidental death in 2013, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office." [State Attorney General]Mike DeWine said statistics compiled by his office show at least 11 Ohioans die each week from heroin-related overdoses, with the real total of heroin-related deaths likely to be even higher, the Akron Beacon Journal confirmed. Its not just junkies killing themselves. Most of Chicagos violent crime comes from gangs trying to maintain control of drug-selling territories, Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division Special Agent in Charge Jack Riley, who leads a five-state region that includes most of Illinois, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana, told none other than Bloomberg News, owned and controlled by none other than you-know-who, last September. The results of that activity? Black Youth Murders in Chicago Being Driven by Mexican Drug Cartels, the progressive political commentary website KultureKritic.com concludes, summarizing the Bloomberg report. This is what Hoffman has helped to perpetuate. Anyone buying heroin is getting it from very dangerous people who are part of an organized underworld ultimately enriching the murderous cartels. How telling, therefore, that someone who has exhibited lifelong issues controlling himself insists on controlling others, and someone who has helped enable the violence would undermine the ability to defend against it.