After police officers are shot, Bloomberg and Kelly press their lonely campaign for gun control

Briefing: Ray Kelly. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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The shooting of four officers in Brooklyn has provided another occasion for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly to call for Washington to tighten gun-control laws.

Bloomberg wrote an op-ed on the issue, and Kelly spoke to columnist Mike Lupica, taking the occasion to defend his department's stop-and-frisk policy.

The shooter that wounded four officers was, according to the Times, carrying a handgun before he entered his home.

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