January 17th, 2013
08:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Bloomberg: Assault weapons ban is tough sell

(CNN) - Persuading Congress to ban assault weapons will be tough, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

But it's a fight the outspoken advocate of stricter gun laws says he's determined to win.


Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. CBP

    The more people report that the changes in gun policy will be difficult to pass the more people will decide that it is difficult and will not push forward. Both sides of this issue need to sit down and come up with reasonable solutions. If not, people will not consider it important to make changes.

    The massacres happened because the perpetrators had clips holding multiple bullets. They were able to fire multiple rounds thus killing and injuring many people. Today a gun advocate said she likes the assault rifle because it is easy to fire. Is that really a reason to have that gun? How could 20 children and 6 adults be massacred one week and people stepping forward to defend the use of assault weapons the next, Are we really bothered by the deaths of innocent people? I do not believe we are.

    January 17, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Thomas

    So was the fight against the tobacco industry.

    A tough sell.

    January 17, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Name lynn

    Ok what can micheal about the guns, an who can stop people from getting the guns.

    January 17, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Especially to those making BIG bucks, from the manufacture and sale of weapons. Do they care about the violence? They do not. Do they care if schools are no longer safe? They do not. Do they love making money? Yes.

    January 17, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    I love one defense of gun rights for hunters where one guy I saw wrote 600K guys went deer hunting in one state and then another 750,000 in another state. Go for it mister at that rate there wont be any deer left in 2 years.
    Alternatively dont accept some reasonable controls and there may not in few years be a school, University, movie theater or mall or political meeting etc etc with gun control advocates attending that does not get shot to pieces by either madmen, criminals, or some guy just wanting to ensure his right and saying he was "standing his ground"

    January 17, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Larry L

    People in this argument need to replace the definition of "assault rifle" with "magazine-fed, center-fire semi-automatic rifle with a capacity of greater than five rounds". Otherwise, the existing semi-auto hunting weapons will simply be modified to accept larger magazines and the capability will be essentially the same as military-type weapons. Ten rounds is still far more than required for hunting and a five-round magazine is a reasonable compromise – since the most common hunting weapons have a five-round capacity. Rim-fire weapons are reasonable at 10 rounds.

    January 17, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. Jerubbaal

    So if I want to bear a rocket propelled grenade launcher then that would be covered under my 2nd amendment rights to bear arms to establish a well regulated militia? Can I own a tank, rocket launchers? They are all arms. Only the federal govt can set these limits or else I could be allowed to have an RPG launcher in PA but not in NY. We need consistant laws and their enforcement, not conspiracents and their deluded thoughts driving this debate.

    January 17, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. norma jean

    To all of you people that are fighting and complaining about our presidents attempts to tighter gun laws.....i have just one thing to say....."when someone you know or love is tragically shot by one of these LEGAL gun owners........don't come crying to us......it will be TOO LATE!!!

    January 18, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. fiftyfive55

    Assault weapons are fun at the gun range,which is where basically almost all are used.A couple of mentally ill people should not be cause to go after millions of law abiding people.Maybe it's time to revisit our country's depletion of mental health funds and facilities across America because those mentally ill folks need help and we need protection from them.

    January 18, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Just keep at it. The numbers of non gun owners, responsible gun owners are behind stricter laws.

    January 18, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |