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Bloomberg Urges Obama, Romney to Take a Stand Against Assault Weapons

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney to make specific recommendations — such as banning assault riffles — for how to change the nation's gun laws in the mass shooting in Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 injured.

Speaking on "Face the Nation" on CBS Sunday morning, Bloomberg took aim at the National Riffle Association and put the onus of gun reform on the White House.

"We have federal laws that say you can not sell guns to minors, to people with psychiatric problems, or drug problems, or convicted felons," the mayor said, "and yet they pressure Congress and the White House to not fund enforcement of those laws."

Bloomberg founded and co-chairs Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and said the presidential candidates should support re-instating the federal ban on assault rifles, and better enforce the gun control laws already on the books.

He urged the White House to support a ban on assault rifles, one of the guns allegedly used by the 24-year-old gunman when he sprayed a crowded movie theater with bullets early Friday. 

"Weapons that are sold, advertised as high capacity, and very powerful aren't weapons that are to be used in hunting and they certainly aren't weapons to be used to defend yourself," he said.

Bloomberg said Romney passed a ban on assault weapons when he was governor of Massachusetts, and as a presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would work to reinstate such a ban on the federal level, but that neither candidate now seems to support it.

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Comments [7]

JMS

Ugh, AR-15's aren't powerful.... *bangs head on table*

Sep. 28 2012 04:07 PM
oathororders from Amrican Battlefield

congress declared america a "battlefield". it is now your duty to arm yourself, to protect our republic, its institutions, the bill of rights, the constitution and our public officials.
for 13 school years since kindergarden they had me pledge allegence to the flag, republic, nation and god. i will honor my pledge, the one they taught me.

Jul. 24 2012 12:00 AM
Amy Hammonds from Beaumont , Tx

I do not believe that politicians should be using what happened in Colorado as a stepping stone for election to any office, let alone the office of President. For Mayor Bloomburg to just hours after this tragedy call for conversation about laws, and banning guns, and what one politician would do as opposed to another is just plain callous and self serving. Bloomburg IMO has just shown there is nothing too sacred to be used in the political arena. Sad for the people of NYC to have to claim him.

Jul. 23 2012 07:34 AM
Mark

Instead of banning guns why don't they just make gun owners buy a very expensive insurance to cover the legal and medical costs that they inflict on society.

Jul. 22 2012 10:00 PM
MtnWoman

This is ridiculous. A crazy person doesn't change sane people's views of guns. No one will ever take my guns and I've never shot anything but a target. I don't even shoot trees. Furthermore, I am a vegan but still no one will take my guns. I am also a Democrat and still no one will ever take my guns.
This blows all your stereotypes out of the water. Therefore, chill out and stand your ground. GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM but some people are. Ban those humans, please.

Jul. 22 2012 09:33 PM
sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Perhaps another billionaire can force the issue for us little people. In that case, I say: Go for it Bloomie, force the issue!

Jul. 22 2012 07:44 PM
Logan

It's pretty clear Bloomburg is getting bribed. What a corrupt little coward.

Jul. 22 2012 04:11 PM

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