First, the residents of Stockton, Calif., learned that their mayor was the owner of a stolen gun linked to a homicide. Days later, he was arrested at a camp he runs for disadvantaged youths, accused of secretly recording teenagers playing strip poker, providing alcohol to minors and endangering children there a year earlier.
Those were the latest in a string of episodes that have placed Stockton’s mayor, Anthony Silva, under intense scrutiny, upending a Northern California community of nearly 300,000 people that is already struggling to repair wounds inflicted by violent crime and the 2008 foreclosure crisis.Like many other criminals either convicted of or arrested for felonies, he is a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Gun control advocacy is primarily a projection problems. Criminals in high office project their own defects on everyone else.