Michelle Malkin

So will the gun-phobic mayor be revoking the concealed-carry permits of the city's rich and famous any time soon? Licensed gun-toters in New York City include record executive Tommy Mottola, liberal actors Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro, talk show bigwigs Howard Stern and Don Imus, and gazillionaires Winthrop Rockefeller and Donald Trump.

While these well-connected gun owners are free to walk the streets without fear, nestled in their gated communities and surrounded by bodyguards, it is average citizens who suffer the most from the gun-control paternalism of the elite. Remember Lester Campbell, the 80-year-old man from the Bronx who fought back with his unlicensed .38-caliber handgun when a mugger beat him and stole his $262 Social Security check last year? The assailant fled; the city charged Campbell with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

What about Jose Acosta, the 69-year-old bodega clerk jailed for using his .22-caliber unregistered handgun to kill an armed thug who attempted to rob his Harlem grocery store? Punished for protecting his life and livelihood, this hard-working, law-abiding legal immigrant from the Dominican Republic is among untold victims of a system that subjects businesses and individuals to Byzantine, insurmountable gun-permit regulations while criminals romp.

Mohamed Dramy, another bodega worker, followed Bloomberg's utopian vision. He was totally helpless, with no weapon in sight, when a gang of thieves broke into his Harlem deli grocery last year. The end result? He was gunned down in cold blood and died behind his checkout counter.

The message from New York City to Second Amendment supporters is clear: Drop dead.

Isn't it time for gun-owning entrepreneurs, tourists and voters to fire back -- and take their business elsewhere?

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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