De Blasio: 'We all cringed' after Obama told us about CO shooting
December 13th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
4 months ago

De Blasio: 'We all cringed' after Obama told us about CO shooting

(CNN) – New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was with President Barack Obama in a meeting on Friday when the President received a note about a school shooting in Colorado.

"Well, the President said very somberly that the shooting had occurred. Obviously none of us had the details yet, but he informed the room - the note was passed to him and he informed the room immediately and we all cringed," the Democrat told reporters at the White House.

A student opened fire Friday inside a suburban Denver high school, injuring at least two people before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

De Blasio was part of a group of newly elected mayors meeting with Obama at the White House to talk about jobs. But after hearing news about the school shooting, the mayor-elect said the conversation pivoted to a discussion about gun control.

"We didn't get into a lengthy conversation but the immediate comment from some of the mayors in the room was: How can we use our abilities, how can we use our local capacity and our bully pulpits to try and move forward sensible gun control legislation? Because until we do that there's too many dangers out there. That's what people were focusing on," he said.

De Blasio will succeed three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Filed under: Bill de Blasio • Gun control • President Obama
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  1. WI82

    and to add to ur post Mr. DoGood (any relation to Dr. FeelGood? lol jk–mad props for the franklin ref), ive always wondered how police would react if college students, prof's, etc. (I taught at a university in TX of all places awhile back) had guns. who would they know is the threat? what if there are multiple shooters?

    December 13, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Chicago has lots of gun laws, I am sure there is no shootings going on there.

    Also Ol Yeller, please enlighten me on this progress because all I see is people getting fatter, dumber and more dependent on the guberment.

    December 13, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Another day in the dreams of right wing America where ALL citizens carry, shoot firearms and take their own lives if they choose.

    December 13, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Lisa P.

    Anonymous

    Ya, because gun laws are working SO well to keep weapons from people wanting to do harm. Why not shift the light to mental I'll people or high risk? Oh but that's not PC so don't mention it! Some leadership...pathetic excuse of a government.
    December 13, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How about some real gun laws that really separate the responsible gun owners from the criminals and the crazies, the lazy s.o.b.s and the pure unadulterated fools, and then some real strict enforcement and registration to follow up on them? Gun rights need to be solidly chained to gun responsibilities. But that doesn't suit the agenda of the NRA, the self-deluded suburban heroes, weekend warriors and sunshine patriots, so don't mention it unless you want your e-mail inbox filled with hate mail and death threats - the bark and howl of the cowards. Anyone who can't keep a gun safely locked up and away from children doesn't deserve to own a gun. You want pathetic? Look in the mirror.

    December 13, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @Anonymous: Check out the Tiarht Amendments to see how tied law enforcements' hands are tied in enforcing laws. These amendments pretty much gut the laws.

    December 13, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Entire this second Amendment is a total bs in USA, now this nation needs total-gun-ban laws. Period. Ar that time, I bet NRA bribed to pass these guns in 1800s. Modern era dictates, rationalizes to ban all guns. NRA is bunch of nonsense in USA with fox s$!t.

    December 13, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. sonnie3

    Obama will soon want to be told if a gun is fired anywhere to further his anti second amendment push.
    And remember it was the spoon that made the Lady Fat.
    Better start getting rid of spoons? This is all about control, Just like obamacare.

    December 13, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. sonnie3

    Just remember it is SPOONS that make you fat/ So lets legislate to get rid of them.

    December 13, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  9. besnhorus

    Ol' Yeller

    "I hear this lame argument ALL the time, but that is as far ias it ever goes....
    What laws are NOT being enforced right this minute, which will keep us from having another Sandy Hook?
    Fact: Had Adam Lambert been pulled over by a Police Officer and the Officer were to observe the the assault rifle in the back seat of his car in plain sight, the Officer had no legal right under the CURRENT law to detain him or otherwise keep him from driving 2 more blocks to the school and begin killing those children."

    I think you mean ADAM LANZA, not ADAM LAMBERT!

    Adam Lambert is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and actor who is working on his third studio album, is currently a recurring guest star on Glee. and is a frequent featured lead vocalist for Queen. I doubt that Adam Lambert has ever even held a firearm and he is certainly not driving around West Hollywood with an assault rifle on his back seat.

    Setting that aside, everyone in Sandy Hook Elementary School might be alive today if Adam Lanza's mom had the sense to not have firearms in a home with a young adult who had severe emotional regulation issues. And if she felt she needed to have those assault weapons, perhaps she should have secured them in a gun safe.

    December 14, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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