Bloomberg Called for Gun Limits Minutes Before NYC Shots

August 25, 2012

Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — About 30 minutes before two people were shot dead and nine were injured near New York’s Empire State Building, the mayor of America’s largest city was on the radio talking again about guns.

“It is just too many guns on the streets,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during his weekly radio appearance today on WOR radio. “The argument, ‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,’ is one of the most disingenuous things you can say. It does take a person to pull the trigger.”

Moments after the mayor finished speaking, Jeffrey Johnson of Manhattan returned to a business that fired him last year and shot Steve Ercolino, 41, a former co-worker, on the street, New York police said. Johnson, wielding a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, fled the scene, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters. Johnson was killed by police.

Bloomberg, 70, has made restricting gun sales a signature issue. He serves as co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 700 mayors who advocate new laws and stiffer enforcement of existing ones. The group argues for measures to keep guns away from criminals.

Today’s episode follows a July 20 shooting near Denver where a masked gunman opened fire, killing 12 and injuring 58 in a suburban Aurora theater. In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple on Aug. 5 before turning the weapon on himself.


‘No Tolerance’


“Our state has no tolerance for senseless acts of violence that harm our people,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an e-mailed statement today. “We will do everything possible to ensure that law enforcement officials have the tools they need so residents of the city and tourists can enjoy everything New York City has to offer without fearing for their own safety and security.”

On Aug. 7, Cuomo said he’d make strengthening the state’s gun laws a priority when lawmakers return to Albany in January.

New York City law requires a license to purchase a handgun. A special license is needed to carry the handguns loaded with ammunition. Applicants undergo a criminal background check.

The suspect bought his gun legally in Florida and had no permit to own or carry it in New York City, said Marc LaVorgna, Bloomberg’s spokesman.

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3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Gigi says:

    I would like to find out how many of these nay sayers have permits to carry.

    Pressed the enter key before I was done typing.

  • Gigi says:

    Back in the day of WWI,WWII,etc. there was something quoted by a foreign soldier: We cannot invade Americans because behind every blade of grass is an American with a gun/weapon. Can we be invaded now our have we already been invaded by the unknown sleepers who are and will continue terrorizing Americans in our own backyard?
    We certainly cannot defend ourselves and families, from thugs, rapiest & murders, without the full support of our right to bear arms. I would like to find out how many of the

  • Phil F says:

    Blooming idiot wants to take my guns but taking my guns wouldn’t have stopped this killer. This is just a senseless killing by a mentally ill man and it was not caused by citizens having guns to defend themselves. Allowing government to take my guns just gives criminals free rein to run wild and commit crimes against an unarmed public. Bloomberg is a marxist moron.

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