July 20th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Bloomberg demands gun action from Obama and Romney

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken advocate of stricter gun-control laws, said in a radio interview Friday the two candidates for president needed to take a firmer line in addressing gun violence.

Bloomberg's comments came as police and the FBI were investigating a deadly shooting in Colorado that left at least 12 people dead.

"Soothing words are nice, but maybe it's time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country," Bloomberg said on WOR Radio's "The John Gambling Show."

Bloomberg continued, saying Friday's tragedy should spark greater focus on how guns reach killers.

"I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it's just got to stop," Bloomberg said. "And instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor Romney – talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how."

"In the end, it is really the leadership at a national level, which is whoever is going to be president of the United States starting next January 1st – what are they going to do about guns?" Bloomberg asked.

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney met with Bloomberg in May, but an aide to the mayor said Bloomberg remained undecided about making an endorsement in the presidential race. Bloomberg won his last election as a political independent, but was previously a Democrat, then a Republican.

In his interview Friday, Bloomberg said guns getting into hands of criminals wasn't solely a problem in cities like New York.

"This is killing people every day, and it's growing and it's not just an inner-city, east coast, west coast, big city phenomenon. Aurora is not a big city," Bloomberg said, referring to the suburb of Denver where Friday's shooting took place.

Filed under: 2012 • Michael Bloomberg • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (407 Responses)
  1. Frank T

    I welcome Bloomberg comments,howerer even though Our Elected president Obama will be reelected In Nov 2012. It doesn't matter what he say about guns. As long as you have the Radical NRA nothing will ever get done becausse our wimpy Republican Politicians have always and will continue to buckle into the NRA. The Vulture,Pathological Liar Romney has never shot a gun in his life because he was never in the Military.,He will never help the American people. He too is deathly scared of the NRA>So there you have Mr Mayor until somebody stands up to the NRA forget solving the problem Maybe they could bring Ben Hur back..By the way I'm in favor of the 2nd Ammendment.

    July 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. David

    The bad guys are always going to get guns. Gun control laws will do nothing but keep guns out of good citizens hands. So while the bad guys are stealing and getting weapons however possible which they always will be able to do lets not punish everyone. As someone previously stated, cars kill someone everyday, are we going to ban those?

    July 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Name mario

    Idiots!!!!! People kill not guns. It's the balance of life in this so called world.

    July 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Just pass GUN-CONTROL LAWS. BS argument criminals have why not we. BS. Pass and don't care NRA idiots. Profit mongrels.

    July 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Guns don't kill people
    people kill people with bullets !

    July 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Cathy

    How do these wackos keep getting their hands on these types of weapons? These are not hunting weapons they are designed solely to kill people. Why are they so readily available?

    July 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. NameDaniel

    We already have enough gun control laws, that only effects law abiding citizens not criminals. Criminals do not care about laws, that is what makes them criminals. You want gun control, try this on for size. You get arrested with the smoking gun in your hand like this creep, you automaticaly get life without the possibilty of parole or as I prefer, DEATH AT SUN UP! No appeals! Where were the appeals of his innocent victems? Maybe these thugs will take notice we are fed up with them and are not going to take it anymore.

    July 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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