(CNN) – Families who lost loved ones to gun violence offer a plea for tighter gun control measures in a new television spot released Monday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group fronted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"My son. My daughter. My dad. My brother. Was murdered with a gun. Murdered with a gun. It can happen to your child. Enough. Enough. Enough," different people say in the spot, which the group said would air nationally, as well as in local markets that have seen incidents of gun violence.
(CNN) – This mother’s passionate plea for gun control will air in living rooms around the country on the second anniversary of her daughter’s death.
“My nine-year old daughter was murdered in the Tuscon shooting,” says Roxanna Green. “I have one question for our political leaders: when will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?”
“Whose child has to die next?”
Her daughter Christina was among the six killed and 13 wounded in the shooting at neighborhood event with then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011. Giffords was among those wounded and who eventually resigned from Congress to focus on her recovery. Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in August to 19 counts related to the shooting.
(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a vocal proponent of tighter gun laws, confirmed Monday he was advising Vice President Joe Biden's task force to help curb gun violence.
"What we've got to do first is try to do everything we can to help Joe Biden," Bloomberg said at a press conference in New York. "We sent some of the people down to Washington, and we had some people on the phone to give Joe Biden our ideas."
(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken advocate for increased gun control measures, on Monday added specifics to his calls for "immediate national action from the president and Congress" in the wake of Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
"The time for talk is over. Congress and the White House [have] to come up with something that stops this carnage no matter what the political ramifications are," Bloomberg said. "Somehow or other, we've come to think that getting reelected is more important than saving lives, that political power is more important than saving lives, that partisan politics is more important than saving lives. Enough."
(CNN) – Lawmakers tend to stay quiet in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings, hoping to avoid attempts to politicize such tragedy.
But two days after the attack that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers were eager to take on the gun debate Sunday - with many saying a tipping point had finally been reached to pass stricter laws.
(CNN) – In the wake of one of the country’s deadliest mass shootings in Connecticut and the ensuing national conversation over U.S. gun laws, political figures are putting pressure on Washington to take serious action to prevent such tragedies.
A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning and opened fire on teachers and students killing 20 children and six adults. Hours after the shooting, President Barack Obama wiped tears from his eye and said "our hearts are broken today,” calling for “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of politics.”
(CNN) - A little more than a month after Superstorm Sandy wrought major destruction in the Empire State, New York voters are giving high marks to some of their elected leaders for the way they handled the storm's aftermath.
(CNN) – A new poll released Wednesday indicates New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn holds a solid lead among Democrats in the city's mayoral race next year.
Quinn, who has yet to announce an official bid but is expected to run, has the support of 32% of registered Democrats in the potentially crowded primary, while other likely candidates fall behind with 10% or less of the vote, according to the Quinnipiac University survey.
(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky held firm on his stance Thursday that local government provides better service when disaster strikes than the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This summer, the Republican senator made headlines when he held up a bill re-authorizing the National Flood Insurance Program by attaching a non-related "personhood" amendment that called for defining life as beginning at conception.
(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote in a surprise endorsement Thursday he was voting for President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election, using Superstorm Sandy as a peg to highlight the president's stance on climate change.
Citing the storm, which left much of his city underwater and powerless, Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed on his website that "while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of [climate change], the risk that it might be – given this week's devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."