By KEVIN ROBILLARD | Politico
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nationâ€™s highest-profile supporters of gun control, said Friday that â€œsoothing words are nice â€ but demanded that the presidential candidates â€œstand up and tell us what theyâ€™re going to do aboutâ€ preventing mass shootings.
Asked about the shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater showing â€œThe Dark Knight Risesâ€ that killed at least 12 people, Bloomberg said President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney need to offer specific policy proposals, in addition to prayers and sympathy.
â€œSoothing words are nice,â€ Bloomberg said during a regularly scheduled appearance on WOR 710 AM in New York. â€œBut maybe itâ€™s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what theyâ€™re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, â€˜Isnâ€™t it tragic?â€™â€
â€œI mean, thereâ€™s so many murders with guns every day,â€ Bloomberg continued. â€œItâ€™s just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President [Barack] Obama and Governor [Mitt] Romney talking in broad things about, they want to make the world a better place. OK, tell us how. And this is a problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?â€
In a interview with CBSâ€™s Bob Schieffer set to air Sunday on â€œFace the Nation,â€ the mayor called for Romney and Obama to be â€œheld accountable.â€
â€œAnd I donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re going to do, but I think itâ€™s incumbent on them to tell us specifically,â€ Bloomberg said in the interview taped Friday. â€œNot just in broad terms. You know, Gov. Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts, actually passed a ban on assault weapons. And President Obama, when he came into office in 2008, said he would reinstitute the ban â€¦ the federal ban on assault weapons. The governor has apparently changed his views, and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue, or if heâ€™s facing it, I donâ€™t know of anybody whoâ€™s seen him face it. And itâ€™s time for both of them to be called, held accountable.â€
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