President Obama fought back tears as he delivered a brief statement this afternoon on the shooting of dozens of schoolchildren in Connecticut today, saying the nation needed to "take meaningful action" to prevent such tragedies.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama made a prophet out of Mayor Michael Bloomberg by failing to talk meaningfully, or even particularly comprehensibly, about guns.(6)
In an ad sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group co-founded and heavily funded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, survivors of the Tuscon massacre that nearly took Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life "demand a plan" from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.(1)
The New York Post followed up the Aurora shooting massacre with an uncharacteristically awkward editorial, at once conceding the point that it's not a great idea to allow virtually unrestricted sales of militarized automatic weapons while also sternly cautioning would-be gun-controllers to respect the Second Amendment.
The Aurora shootings presented double whammy: Because the killings occurred in a Century 16 movie theater during a midnight premiere of the most anticipated summer blockbuster of 2012—as opposed to a college campus, or a high school, or a food court—there is both a movie tie-in and a national tragedy tie-in. That's one reason that among the first lines of media advance on the story that was not hard news came from movie critics.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday, the latest stop in his post-Aurora gun control tour.
On CNN, Bloomberg trotted out a new argument: that the police should go on strike until gun controls are tightened.
"I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say, 'We're gonna go on strike," said the mayor. "We're not gonna protect you, unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe."(3)
The candidates in a congressional race in Queens are doing what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney aren't willing to: They're having a substantive argument about gun laws.
Rep. Michael Grimm said, "If a maniac wants to shoot a lot of people, extended magazines aren't going to prevent them if they didn't have them. They're going to carry an extra gun. Or they're going to tape clips together like they do in the military. There's so many other ways around it that I don't think it's an effective solution."(1)
On Sunday morning, while Chuck Schumer was holding a press conference on the rising rates of whooping cough, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on "Face the Nation" talking about guns.
"You know, we spend all our time talking about tax returns, and gaffes, and things like that," Bloomberg told host Bob Schieffer. "This is one of those issues, along with a handful of others, that really matter to the American public."
As most of the American political firmament expressed respectfully nonideological condolences for victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting massacre, Mayor Michael Bloomberg distinguished himself by talking, unapologetically, about gun control.(4)
Bloomberg was quicker and louder than Obama and Romney in calling for tougher gun control measures, in response to the shooting. [Chris McGreal]
"National leaders have released statement after statement today expressing condolences for the victims of last night's mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. But no politicians — apart from, notably, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg — has called for an increase in focus on gun laws." [Rosie Gray]
Bloomberg's position was echoed by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. [Amy Bingham]
After 'Dark Knight' shooting, Bloomberg calls on Romney and Obama to offer more than 'soothing words'
In the wake of the nation's most recent mass shooting, this one at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colorado, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the nation needs more than "soothing words" from President Barack Obama and would-be president Mitt Romney.
"You know, 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're gonna do about it," said the mayor, during his regular Friday morning appearance on the John Gambling radio show.(3)