Bloomberg hasn’t given up on assault weapons ban
March 24th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Bloomberg hasn’t given up on assault weapons ban

(CNN) – A national ban on assault weapons may have met all-but-certain death in the Senate this week, but one of the measure’s proponents – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – said Sunday his fight wasn’t over.

“I don't think there's ever been an issue where the public has spoken so clearly, where Congress hasn't eventually understood and done the right thing,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid left off the ban on assault weapons when he introduced gun control legislation in the upper chamber. The measure would expand background checks, improve school safety and restrict gun trafficking.

The assault weapons ban, which was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, will be voted on as an amendment to the larger gun control bill. It’s not expected to gain approval in the full Senate.

But despite the ban’s demise, Bloomberg said part of his goal – having the Senate vote on the measure – will be met.

“We demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. We have the plan. We're going to get the vote. It's incumbent on us to make our voices heard,” Bloomberg said, adding he thought eventually a ban would succeed in Congress.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us. I don't think we should give up on the assault weapons ban. But clearly it is a more difficult issue for a lot of people,” he said.

On Saturday, Bloomberg’s anti-gun violence group announced it was spending another $12 million to air ads putting pressure on Republican and Democratic lawmakers to vote for tighter gun control laws. The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, had already spent tens of millions on previous ads.

The television push amounts to Bloomberg trying “to impose his will on the American public,” according to Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.

“They don’t want him in their restaurants, they don’t want him in their homes, they don’t want him telling what food to eat. They sure don’t want him telling what self-defense firearms to own. He can’t buy America,” LaPierre said, also on NBC.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Tony in Maine

    Bloomberg is correct. LaPierre and his sycophants may win the round due to the spineless bunch in Congress, but at some point – there WILL BE meaningful gun control. The right of any person to own a toy does not trump the right of other people to live. The Second Amendment is not an absolute – if necessary it can be rescinded which was not a position I took until LaPierre opened his mouth hole.

    March 24, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Goobie

    The only thing that's been totally given up on in this country, is education. The old believe they've reached a point in life where further enlightenment is silly, and the youth believe they already know it all. They have the idea that they, and they alone possess the key that opens the doors to success. Neither have a clue, and it's not going to change any time soon. Why should it change? Corporate America, has both sides right where they want them. One side wont hold the movers and shakers accountable, while the other side is happy with the latest electronic gadget. Both sides distracted, while one's future is jeopardized, and the others is marginalized. Whatever keeps the masses in line and under the thumb.

    March 24, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Bloomberg has demonstrated himself to be a colossal fool.......time and again!

    March 24, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Superbug

    Is it just me, or does the news media try to discredit people by printing unflattering pictures of them? Subliminal photos are used daily to make people interested in purchasing products and services. Example: Most ads for wrist watches show the minute and hour hands at 10 and 2. Kinda gives the impression the object is smiling and friendly. In many photos Bloomberg, looks normal, intelligent, and caring. In this photo he looks a little demented. Is the media involved in manipulation? Could'st be.

    March 24, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Wouldn't all these dems be happier in a place where there are no guns, move to England,you can have your way. Stop whining.

    March 24, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Name

    Bloomberg should concentrate more on being the mayor of the near bankrupt city of new york and not concern himself with other states. Who does this guy think he is? Sounds like him and rahm emanual have a case of short man syndrome.

    March 24, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. HenryMiller

    Bloomberg's contempt for the common sense and Constitutional rights of the people of NYC seems to be complete and I wouldn't care if he confined his petty tyrannies to the city limits. But, instead, he wants to inflict those tyrannies on the rest of the country, and that's utterly unacceptable.

    March 24, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. just sayin

    i wish this little rich dictator would go away and stop trying to run every aspect of our lives. why aren't all the libtards in here screaming about a rich old white guy trying to buy a result? oh yeah, it is their rich old guy and their agenda. hypocrites deluxe. and deceitful liars to boot.

    March 24, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Neal Jasper

    Just let it die already. It will not do anything to the crime statistics whatsoever. It will only rob gun owners of their most prized possessions, their second amendment rights, and their hobby. These weapons for the most part are not even the weapon of choice for most mass shooters, but for some reason there is a call for their ban every time one is even at the scene, which is incredibly rare to begin with. Why don't we actually look into the cause of these shootings or gun violence as a whole instead of looking at the implement used. We need to look into improving the education and law enforcement systems in these city areas where the majority of these crimes occur so then these people have more to aspire to than a drug dealing gang banger instead of disarming the populous that they so frequently terrorize with impunity. We also need to improve the mental healthcare so people like Lanza are not denied the treatment that they so desperately need. It seems like more people are beginning to realize this and see the assault weapons ban will do nothing with the exceptions of the people with pre-existing agendas for gun control now that the shock of Newtown is wearing off and people are moving on to other causes.

    March 24, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Donna

    “We demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. We have the plan. We're going to get the vote. It's incumbent on us to make our voices heard,” Bloomberg said, adding he thought eventually a ban would succeed in Congress.
    So Bloomberg is demanding that Senate Democrats and their leader Harry Reid take a stand and vote. That would be absolutely wonderful, as the vote would FAIL because a lack of DEMOCRATIC support. Harry Reid knows this which is why is has dropped it. And the failed vote would expose many Democrat Senators in RED states in 2014 and 2016 elections because as we all know, gun owners ALWAYS VOTE and will protect their Constitutional rights above all else.

    SO yes, please do force a vote Bloomberg. It would be the best thing to happen to the Republicans in a long time. And then the Democrats can prepare for their minority status in the Senate, as they have in the House. Bottom line, Americans are growing tired of Obama and Democrats failed far left agenda. Obamacare is now showing to be the disaster the Republicans warned it would be. Still record unemployment, debt, deficits and now an assault on gun rights. Keep up the good work lefties!

    March 24, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Jay

    Funny how teachers are facing cuts, people are struggling for a job, people living in ny are regulated to death and taxed like crazy, but some how this mayor Bloomberg can spend 12 Million dollars on ads to further restrict a persons constitutional right. Instead of enforcing laws they have, they attack everyone else and pass more laws to criminalize good citizens, we live in sad times.

    March 24, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Scare The Pilgrims

    To Buy A Gun today Or Not Buy A Gun Today ,,,?? What gun ?? THEY ARE ALL GONE IN SCOTT COUNTY KENTUCKY

    March 24, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Scare The Pilgrims

    APOLOGY ACCEPTED RUDY,,except I don't feel you owe one to me. Grown Up Adults don't see ghosts ( adam lanza) and sure don't believe in gun control,,a made up sales pitch like the Old Medicine Show Wagons drawn by horses in the oild West.

    March 24, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Scare The Pilgrims

    Wayne LaPierre For President

    March 24, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. norma jean

    On behalf of all citizens from states other than New York.......I have just one many more mass murders have to be commited before we have controls on guns that are NOT appropriate for home protection....are not used for legitimate hunting purposes and why ammunition enough to stop a major army??????

    March 24, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Jinx9to88

    “to impose his will on the American public,” according to Wayne LaPierre," Mr. Wayne 90% of "the American People" want background checks. So obviously Wayne your not representing "the american people". Hypocrite!! If it doesnt happen now it will in 2014. The reason people dont want background checks are the ones that cant pass the background check so they should not have a gun anyway.

    March 24, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Jinx9to88

    Why is that the Repubs cry "its our right to have a gun", but has a problem with the womens right on abortion? 2014 can't come quick enough.

    March 24, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Name lynn

    No one can stop people from getting guns, go ahead an ban the guns, an these gun laws not working.

    March 24, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. anonymous

    where did this take place and was this a political issue?

    March 24, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Sinixstar

    The public spoke far more clearly in the early 90s. Support for gun control was up in the 80% neighborhood.

    Even with that kind of public support, the Assault Weapons ban was a big part of the backlash that lead to Democrats getting destroyed in the mid-term elections. Public support disappeared very quickly when people realized that the laws apply to them. Even now – the polling is mixed depending on how specific a question you ask. If you ask generally "do you support tougher gun control laws" – you get a pretty solid 55%-60% response. When you start getting into specifics – things like "do you support a ban on semi-automatic rifles" – those numbers drop pretty quickly.

    The anti-gun side keeps trying to move the goal posts and change their arguments. The fact of the matter is the original assault weapons ban did virtually nothing to stop gun violence, or even stop the sale or spread of "assault weapons". Very VERY few crimes are committed with assault weapons – despite what you might see in the media (320 homicides annually with any type of rifle – hunting rifles included – vs 6500+ with handguns). To think that banning assault weapons is going to make any difference at all is insanity. The US Government's own studies came out and said as much before the '94 ban expired – and it's a big part of WHY the '94 ban was allowed to expire in 2004. If the original AWB had been effective, we should have seen a dramatic rise in firearm homicides, or at least in homicides committed with assault weapons. Instead we've seen the exact opposite. In 2004 – the last year of the assault weapons ban, there was roughly 13,000 firearms related homicides in the US. From 2005 to 2011 that number steadily dropped year after year, to 8583 homicides in 2011.

    The facts, and the politics – simply do not align. The sooner people realize that, and stop putting ideology and politics first – the sooner we can start finding real solutions.

    March 24, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. sonnie3

    On behalf of all AMERICANS I wish the little weasel could read the constitution and find his way to the 2nd Amendment.

    Bloomberg is a great example of a politician gone astray. He ain't the first and won't be the last I am afraid.

    March 24, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. PaulG

    Drain them of their money and squash any additional gun control efforts. Put it to a vote so we can see who to vote out next election.

    March 24, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Martin

    The difference between Mr. Bloomberg and NRA is that Mr. Bloomberg is not representing the views of millions of members, he is pushing his own views. He enjoys a much larger "voice" than the average American because of his purse strings and this is wrong. Mr. Bloomberg spent $250m in "donations" to John Hopkins in MD and then tells the Governor what he wants him to do on gun control. He spends $2m to try to effect elections in another state, and now he spends $12m to try to "$12 million to air ads putting pressure on Republican and Democratic lawmakers to vote for tighter gun control laws". He is not speaking to the people. ....He is drowning out the voice of the people to influence their elected officials and is instead lobbying them for his own views. This man is worse that the NRA...atleast their membership can vote Mr. LaPierre out if they don't like him. Mr. Bloomberg runs around unchecked and has 22 billions chances to make his voice heard louder than the average American. Does this sound right to anyone?

    March 24, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Martin

    oh, and I forget...he bought out the lobbying firm of an American-based gun manufacturer. A firm that has represented them since 1977. So he is rich enough to silence all but the largest companies, rich enough to trample over any American's voice and will insist that your lawmakers do his bidding or he will use his money to remove them in the next election. This doesn't sounds like the America that our forefathers envisioned.

    March 24, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Maybe all the gun worshipers should move to Somolia where there are no rules or laws at all. Rootin' tootin' shootin' 24/7 – Yeeeehawwwww!!!!!

    March 24, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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