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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WATCH: New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg Slams Obama, Romney On Guns

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney must be “held accountable” for their weak stances on gun control in the wake of the Aurora shooting.

In an interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bloomberg said that while “expressing sympathy is nice,” it’s time for Obama and Romney to step up and offer a real plan to protect Americans from firearms.

“It’s time for both of them to be called, held accountable,” Bloomberg said. “You know, we spend all our time talking about tax returns, and gaffes, and things like that. This is one of those issues, along with a handful of others, that really matter to the American public. It matters to the future of our country, it matters to you and me and to our children and grandchildren. And it’s time I think that we hold them accountable and say, ‘Okay, you want our votes? What are you going to do?'”

Bloomberg criticized both the president and his opponent for failing to live up to their past promises on gun control.

“You know, Governor 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 a federal ban on assault weapons,” Bloomberg said. “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 anybody that’s seen him face it.”

Bloomberg, who has long advocated more aggressive efforts to fight gun violence, is a co-chair for Mayors Against Illegal Guns. After the Aurora shooting, he released a statement through that group expressing condolences and saying

The fixes are easy and they are common sense. It’s about enforcing existing Federal laws and making sure we don’t let criminals buy weapons. We need to put a background check on all sales and require states to step up their reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to make sure we have a check that works. Maybe this will finally wake up Washington. We are going to keep the pressure on because this just has to stop.

  • I agree with Mayor Bloomberg on this one. Unfortunately, every American politician know that even the most feeble attempt at gun control in the USA is the kiss of death for their political aspirations. It willl not happen. We will continue to hold vigils, pray, weep, and head for the closest gun shop to boy more guns and ammo so that we can protect ourselves against each other.

    • AIMPOINT

      Bloomberg would deny ordinary folks the means to defend themselves, deemed by him to be mere peasants, while surrounded 24 hours a day by bodyguards armed with heavy firepower.

    • 13observer

      I don’t agree with Bloomberg on this one. He want’s everyone to “do like he does”. Well fu*k him! No “large capacity” soft drink containers please…. Are you kidding? The NRA RULES because of it’s “ROCK SOLID” Members, PERIOD! Keep sucking on Bloomberg…..he likes it, hey mikeeeee.

  • I claim BULL on Bloomberg’s comments; it was weak enforcement, not any kind of weak stance that let this happen. The simple fact that this person purchased four firearms in the course of a mere 6 months should have raised alarm flags all the way up to Washington itself. Who in their right mind would purchase so many so quickly unless they had intentions of using them? I won’t deny there may be some legitimate reasons, but I really don’t think this individual would have stood up to any real investigation into his reasoning at the time of purchase.

    In many ways our gun laws are too onerous already. We don’t need more laws, we need better enforcement of the laws we have.

  • William Deutschlander

    If you think Romney is going to say or do anything that the NRA does not agree with you need a mental evaluation!

    • 13observer

      Yes Bill, and neither is anyone from the democratic party seriously going to engage the people’s number one lobby. It would be suicide!

  • ARepublicanNorthlandGrad

    Ban those big drinks at the theaters.

    • 13observer

      Now that’s some funny sh*t!

  • Yes…such an epidemic according to Bloomberg…must be why violent crime is at an all time low….must be all those guns…..

    If more people were legally carrying, someone in that theater might have been able to stop that lunatic. Instead, the government has done a fine job of making the American public scared to defend themselves against insane creatures that have always, and will always prey on us.

    • I’m going to disagree with you, Alan. The last thing we needed in that theatre was an out-and-out gunfight. Bad enough we had one shooter that should never have made it that far (theatre security was lax as well, letting him get in with those things) but a cross-fire could have wounded or killed even more bystanders.

      • AIMPOINT

        Next time there will probably be armed people in the theater shooting back unless the kind of security used at courthouses are deployed.

      • 13observer

        So what difference would a “cop” have made exchanging gunfire, as I know plenty of folks that are way more proficient with firearms than cops!

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, the NRA spent $10.million.
    In 2011, the NRA refused an offer to discuss gun control with President Obama.

    In response to the invitation by President Obama, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said Why should I or NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the 2 Amendment in the USA.

    In his statement, LaPierre named, President Obama Secretary of State Clinton and Attorney General Holder as examples of the ” PEOPLE ” he referred to.

    So don’t say the Democrats Party & President Obama opposed NRA guidelines and principal political strategist.
    Any guidelines being banned or confiscations many features of certain semiautomatic rifles and certain types of removable magazines -gun control advocates wanted to make the ban permanent and expand it.

    The NRA and other gun advocates filed a lawsuit challenging the ban, saying it oversteps local government authority and intrudes into an area regulated by the state.

    NRA backed Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 signed by President Bush into law. But now NRA challenging this law with a lawsuit.

    One case Brian Aitken New Jersey resident sentenced to 7 years in state prisons for transporting guns without permit. NRA funds pay for his appeal.
    But Governor Chris Christie act more quickly then the courts. On Dec 20, 2010 Governor Christie granted Aitken clemency and immediate release from prison.
    So most Red State Governor support the NRA 100%

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, the NRA spent $10.million.
    In 2011, the NRA refused an offer to discuss gun control with President Obama.

    In response to the invitation by President Obama, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said Why should I or NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the 2 Amendment in the USA.

    In his statement, LaPierre named, President Obama Secretary of State Clinton and Attorney General Holder as examples of the ” PEOPLE ” he referred to.

    So don’t say the Democrats Party & President Obama opposed NRA guidelines and principal political strategist.
    Any guidelines being banned or confiscations many features of certain semiautomatic rifles and certain types of removable magazines -gun control advocates wanted to make the ban permanent and expand it.

    The NRA and other gun advocates filed a lawsuit challenging the ban, saying it oversteps local government authority and intrudes into an area regulated by the state.

    NRA backed Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 signed by President Bush into law. But now NRA challenging this law with a lawsuit.

    One case Brian Aitken New Jersey resident sentenced to 7 years in state prisons for transporting guns without permit. NRA funds pay for his appeal.
    But Governor Chris Christie act more quickly then the courts. On Dec 20, 2010 Governor Christie granted Aitken clemency and immediate release from prison.
    So most Red State Governor suppo

  • nomaster

    We do not need more gun control laws, if we use the ones we have. This sad tragedy would not necessarily have been averted with more gun control. Anything you want is available on the free black market where more government regulation makes them valuable enough to sell or even die for. The criminals and the nuts, or whomever may want one will always be able to get one of choice. After all price, effort, and demand are interrelated. Concealed carry may not always help you but at least you could have a chance rather than lie down and die.

  • i don’t disagree with mr. bloomberg on this issue. it will take balls for congress to stand up and just say no to the nra!

    • 13observer

      Craig, balls you say? Do you know what people make up the NRA? If you did, you would understand why the “gun-grabbers” have failed miserably. Their members span all political parties and from poor to very rich, but all are commited to preserving the God given rights under our Second Amendment to the Constitution AT ALL COSTS! So call the NRA what you like, but know it is, and always will be, the predominent force that TRUMPS all efforts to kill it. Bloomberg is an idiot and is representative of the jews that laid down their arms allowing Hitler to ravaged them. Those acts of cowardly refrain are not shared by members of the NRA.

  • onedonewong

    This is the same Mayor who was told that if he or his police officers ever enter VA on a false sting they will be jailed

    • 13observer

      Yes, Bloomberg is a bumb who thinks he’s a D.I.C.T.A.T.O.R. but rather a D.I.C.K. TASTER.

  • 1436

    As I read it the Colorado shooter just ordered his weapons over the interent from multiple sources. There does not seem to be any mechanism in the interent system to alert law enforcement how much stuff I guy like that gets deleivered. Somehow the supplier of UPS or whoever must be made to log and register these deliveries. It is not the number of guns a guy has that would worry me buy the amount of amminition. If somebody likes to go to a range every weekend and do some shooting and account for rounds used that would be fine, but what would one expect this this guy to do with 6000