Bloomberg: What are Obama, Romney going to do about guns?

July 21, 2012


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s highest-profile supporters of gun control, said Friday that “soothing words are nice ” but demanded that the presidential candidates “stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about” preventing mass shootings.

Asked about the shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” 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.

“Soothing words are nice,” Bloomberg said during a regularly scheduled appearance on WOR 710 AM in New York. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”

“I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,” Bloomberg continued. “It’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?”

In a interview with CBS’s Bob Schieffer set to air Sunday on “Face the Nation,” the mayor called for Romney and Obama to be “held accountable.”

“And I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I think it’s incumbent on them to tell us specifically,” Bloomberg said in the interview taped Friday. “Not 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 … 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 he’s facing it, I don’t know of anybody who’s seen him face it. And it’s time for both of them to be called, held accountable.”

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6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • proud citizen says:

    Easy fix to all the crazy people that want to harm innocent unarmed citizens.. Allow every law abiding (non-criminal) to openly carry a weapon of their chosing on their side!!!!!!! Crime will drop really quickly!

  • CTH says:

    To The editor/censor: It looks like you need to review your elementary school education in reading the English language.

  • CTH says:

    To CH: If you do not like the second amendment why do you not institute a frontal attach seeking its repeal as provided in the constitution? Like all of your ilk. you know such a effort would be doomed to failure, so you rattle brain like in your post.

  • CTH says:

    Bloomberg may be rich and he may be mayor of New York City but that does not keep him from being the dictator he wants to be. Some district attorney should haul him before a grand jury regarding his interference into states other than New York. Even the Feds should be after him for interference with interstate commerce.

  • Herb says:

    Classic cowardly liberal who is biased in every shape and form

  • CH says:

    When the NRA stops bullying politicians with their lobbying tactics and “investments” in politicians to push their agenda, then we might regain some sanity and do something important, like ban military firearms from sale! It’s NOT big government we should be afraid of, it’s the corporations–big oil, the NRA and Wall street–that own the government!!!

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