10:15 am Jul. 27, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended his endorsement of Senator Scott Brown, citing Brown's opposition to one particularly controversial piece of N.R.A.-backed legislation, though Bloomberg also noted that Brown is ''not good on guns generally."
Bloomberg will host a fund-raiser in August for Brown in New York City.
Brown, a Republican who opposes a national ban on assault weapons, is defending his Massachusetts seat against liberal darling Elizabeth Warren, who supports the ban.
Bloomberg has spent much of the time since the Aurora gun massacre railing against the nation's lax gun control laws, including the lapse of the assault weapons bans.
But the mayor said on John Gambling's radio show this morning that his decision was actually motivated in part by gun politics, noting that Brown opposed a bill that would have required states to recognize the concealed weapons permits of other states.
Brown "bucked his party, he stood up, and he was one of those that kept that law from going in," Bloomberg said.
"This guy has saved a lot of lives in New York City, 'cause if that law had been passed, it just would have been chaos," he said.
"He's not good on other things that I would like. He's not good on guns generally, but this was something that was really critical, saving a lot of lives, and that's what I think you should give support to, people that do the right thing."
The mayor has made more effective gun control one of his signature issues, and today he repeated his criticism of President Obama and Mitt Romney for failing to address the issue with specific proposals following the Aurora massacre.
Romney has spoken instead about "changing the heart of the American people."
On Wednesday, Obama said he there was no place for assault weapons on city streets, but his spokesman later indicated that the president was not inclined to push for any new legislation.
"Neither addressed the fundamental issue," said Bloomberg this morning, of Obama and Romney. "And if you think about it, 48,000 people are gonna get killed during the next presidential term. You would think that they would have a plan that they would be willing to discuss, promote, be proud of to stop that kind of carnage."
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