July 21st, 2012
10:52 AM ET
2 years ago

For Democrats, gun politics are bad politics

(CNN) - The sun was barely up when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the Colorado massacre to scold President Obama and Mitt Romney for ignoring the gun issue.

"This is a real 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," Bloomberg argued.

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  1. T'sah From Virginia

    ◄◄It was a rare public expression of faith for the candidate who has kept much of his faith private.◄

    Okay – read why CNN thinks Romney really spoke about his faith – to me, he was all over the place just like the way he is running his campaign... He played it SAFE and quoted something from EVERY bible out there... Please!! When he speaks SOLELY about his faith that he truly believes – without running from it – then it would be "believable."

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 21, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. rla

    Almost anything the Democrats do is bad politics- Note the state of the country!

    July 21, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Thomas

    Romney strikes rare notes of faith in Aurora speech
    Very reassuring words from a man who's five sons avoided voluntary military servos ..

    I'm sure we will hear more consoling speeches if he is elected.

    July 21, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    Could you imagine if every Democrat stood their grounds on what they truly believe about gun control and don't mind LOSING as a result, eventually, the house and senate will be filled with gun-shootin' – rootin-tootin' gun maniacs OR, it might be the other way around... I think the PEOPLE of this great land will get behind what is right and the NRA and their “followers from hell” will have to change their ways. NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PURCHASE AN ASSAULT RIFLE AND 6,000 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION ...................PERIOD!!! The laws have to change!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    July 21, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. ge

    a country that has more restrictions on kids toys then guns–where a night at the movies might be your last night out -i don,t think thats what the founding fathers had in mind

    July 21, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. ST

    I do not understand it when I hear people say guns do not kill. Hey! they do. If there were no guns at all, what people could have applied! All could have become Mike Tyson and this could not have claimed any single life. Please get rid of those dangerous arms. They are doing us more harms than good.

    July 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Larry L

    @rla

    Almost anything the Democrats do is bad politics- Note the state of the country!
    -----------------------------------------------------
    George Bush issued the first bailout package. Over 8.5 million jobs were lost before President Obama took office. Bush started two wars and didn't even put the cost on the books. Over 4,500 Service Members died and about 36,000 were seriously wounded. Republicans have worked to obstruct all progress. You can pretend... you can lie... yu can delude yourself.. but you can't revise history.

    July 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    every time we have a Democrat in office the NRA seems to try to tell folks that he is going to "take all your guns away" and they fall for it ...never mind that President Obama signed the law to allow guns to be bought into our National Parks...also never mind that as gov. as Massachusetts Mitt Romney signed a law against assault weapons in other words "gun control".
    But of course when he was showering praise on the NRA he failed to mention that.

    July 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    rla – Typical right-wing projecting.

    July 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. B.

    Politics, or the lack of it is exactly why we have not been able to make real gun laws work and will have more of the same because no one will take on the damn NRA.
    We perceive ourselves as the best country in the World, what a sad joke that reality is. This culture is controlled by Gun Mania everywhere you look,you can’t watch a show on TV without watching people solving every concern by sticking a F-– gun in someones face. Other countries like Canada just shake their heads at our madness.
    We don’t really have the resolve to change it because the NRA has already won the lobbying battle to arm the whole damn country..

    July 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    While I support tighter, common-sense gun laws, background checks, or whatever, NONE would have made a difference in the Colorado shooting.

    A little Monday morning quarterbacking: How about alarms-lights on EMERGENCY exits?

    July 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    And since this article is getting Romney Speech comments:
    He did have a good speechwriter. Delivery was so-so.

    July 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Slightly Left of Center

    I guess Bloomberg and other anti-gun politicians will be ok if the security details that protect them (not us) don't carry any firearms.

    Just like the guy intent on harming his ex-wife is not going to be stopped by a piece of paper called a 'protection order', someone trying to harm me at gunpoint is not going to be stopped by a piece of paper that says they aren't allowed to shoot me. Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless. Criminals don't care about laws.

    Ever wonder why there are no massacres at shooting ranges?

    Responsible gun ownership!!!

    July 21, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Curt

    Of course they all avoid the gun debate. Its just another example of how American politics is corrupt. The NRA and other big business lobbyist all give them money for their campaigns. The U.S. is not much different than third world countries. The only difference is in the third world the politicians are given their cash in a brown paper bag. I wonder how much better government would be run with honest politicians who did not accept campaign donations in return for laws that favor the donors. Maybe the congress and senate would then actually do things that help the country.

    July 21, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. ge

    as long as these type of guns are on the shelf ,the nuts will get them-one way or another

    July 21, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Sam

    I work with a guy who is against gun restriction because he feels it will "restrict law abiding citizens from purchasing firearms, and will do nothing to stop criminals from getting guns..." Up to the time the Colorado shooter shot 70 people, he WAS considered a "law abiding citizen". The guns made him a criminal...

    July 21, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. rob

    The NRA and the Republicans should get a little of their own shooting medicine instead of innocent people all the time.

    July 21, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Lori

    Thank you Mayor Bloomberg. Please continue to use your power and wealth and influence to end rampant murder because no other elected official has one ounce of integrity or courage on gun control. Please do not let this issue go! Thank you thank you thank you.

    July 21, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    As long as the NRA has the Republicans and certain Democrats in their back pocket we will never get stricter gun laws and AK-7 rifles, not used for deer hunting, will still be allowed to anybody good or bad history that can buy one. And what happened yesterday, and in Tucson last year, and Va. Tech, and the other Colorado high school, and the military base in Texas will happen again just not sure where it's just a matter of when.

    July 21, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Peace

    If you can not fight on your own but using a gun, count yourself you are finished. Use bouncers and not the deadly weapons. These weapons are designed to be used in a battle ground , but not in a normal life. I will be pleased that all guns are confiscated and let people live in a normal life BUT not in a war zone!

    July 21, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Romney-2012.

    July 21, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. E Stanley

    My prayers go out to the people of Aurora but I must say that could have been almost any weekend in Chicago. Chicago has one of if not the toughes gun laws in the country but somehow the killing goes on almost daily. I can only wonder why no speeches about the need for gun control where the victims truly look like the speech makers.

    July 21, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Mama take these guns off of me , I can't use them anymore .

    I'm knocking on the Devil's door ...

    Great Song.

    July 21, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Hammerer

    It is about time to hold the movie industry accountable for the results of the films that incite actions witnessed in Colorado.
    Gun control activists want to blame guns. These movies put ideas in the minds of the viewers. The makers of the movie should be held accountable for results of their work.

    July 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    The NRA, like the Chamber of Commerce, have been taken over by hyper-partisan, right-wing radical extremists. Since they have the financial backing of the 1%'ers as well, they are two of the most powerful special interest groups in the country. With that kind of money, and with ignorant, gullible members, it's tough for anyone in Congress to avoid getting blacklisted if they don't do the bidding of these agenda-driven organizations. The only hope is to elect true progressive liberals to stand up to the NRA and Chamber of Commerce,and to call them out on their blatant lies and distortion of facts, and remind them that they were once respected organizations with good intentions. No votes for Blue Dogs, and certainly no Republicans, since they are the most easily bought politicians in history.

    July 21, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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