Immediately after the Aurora, Colo., shootings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg demanded that Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney address gun violence.
And this morning on “The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike,” Bloomberg continued his call to action and went on the attack, lambasting Obama and Romney for lacking leadership on the issue.
“They said, ‘This was a tragedy,’ and the president did what his job requires him to do in terms of expressing the country’s remorse,” he said, but “neither addressed the fundamental issue. Forty-eight thousand people are going to get killed during the next presidential term. You would think they would have a plan. If we had a disease that was going to kill 48,000 people in the next few years, they’d be all over it.”
“I think it’s fair to say that neither has said anything concrete as to what we can do to stop the next Aurora,” he said.
“You think they’d say how they’re going to do something.”
Gambling then mentioned that key Congress members — such as Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner — said that they would not use the incident to examine gun control legislation, prompting further criticism from the Mayor.
“They have to look in the mirror and look at what they think is right and ask themselves why they’re not willing to address the big issues.”
Bloomberg said that the U.S. doesn’t need additional gun laws, but simply must reinstate assault weapons bans.
He then used recent instances of gun violence to bolster his argument for stop-and-frisk.
“It would be great if we didn’t have guns that’s not going to happen,” he said. “If we have them, we have got to find ways to get them off the streets…Primarily, you do that by making people who want to carry guns on the street make them realize they run a risk by doing so.”
Bloomberg, long a fan of that controversial policing tactic, then defended civil liberties lapses that have resulted from stop-and-frisk.
“Cops sometimes have to make a split decision,” he said. “They dont always do it right. They’re humans like everybody else.”
Asked what he thought about some U.S. mayors’ calls to keep Chick-fil-A from their cities because of the company owners’ position on gay marriage — even promising outright bans — Bloomberg disagreed with these pols’ positions.
“Nobody is a bigger supporter of same sex marriage,” Bloomberg said.
But, “it’s inappropriate for a city government or a state government or a federal government to look at someone’s political views and decide whether they can live in the city,” he said.
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