Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning dismissed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's concerns that by targeting anti-gun control Democrats, Bloomberg was endangering the party's control of the Senate.(4)
President Obama suggested this afternoon that the gun indstury has profited from the gun-control fears stoked in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
"As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think we've seen for some time now that those who oppose any commonsense gun control or gun safety measures, have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that the federal government is about to take all your guns away," he said. "There's probably an economic element to that. It's obviously good for business."
In a big interview with the Washington Post about gun control, Mayor Michael Bloomberg portrayed his opponents as extremists who rile their base with false stories about government plans to seize people's guns.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
"It is time to call out the N.R.A. as enablers of mass murder and start embarrassing people and saying, 'Who do you stand with? The parents and children of this country or the potential mass murderers?'"(10)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning praised Bob Costas for his remarks in support of gun control and said that the recent elections demonstrate that the National Rifle Association, contrary to widespread political belief, is fallible.
"Let me also point out that in this last election, I think we showed that the N.R.A. can be beaten," said the mayor. "We stood up, our super PAC went and financed people—or not financed people, but pushed advocacy for the positions of those who are willing to stand up against guns. The NRA went [to] the other side, and thank god the electorate understands that guns kill people. We've just got to do a lot more of that."
Wisconsin day spa shooter Radcliffe Haughton bought the weapon he used to kill his wife and two others from a website previously targeted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to Bloomberg, whose spokesman cited law enforcement sources involved in the investigation.(1)
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)
"This is a national problem," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, standing in front of a table 100 illegally guns, allegedly sold illegally, were displayed. "It is a rural problem as well as an urban problem. It is a north, south, east, west problem. There are just too many guns, and guns are used to kill people."
Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to find a "consensus" on new gun control laws that could pass the Republican-controlled State Senate and Democratically-controlled State Assembly. Democratic lawmakers who spoke at a press conference outside City Hall this afternoon seem unsure if that's possible, blaming Republicans and well-financed opponents.
The song "This Little Light of Mine" is interrupted by the sound of gunfire, and then a high-pitched voice says, "My name was Mark. I was four years old. Can you please tell my mom and dad that I'm dead? Can you ask them who killed me?
"My friends are up here too. Can you tell the police or a correction officer and help them catch the bad guy? Please, don't let this happen to any more of my friends. We've got to stop gun violence in this city."
That's followed by a plea from Norman Seabrook, the president of the corrections officers union, who implores residents to cooperate with law enforcement officials.
This morning, around the same time that Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference in Harlem announcing the latest in his tech-campus initiatives, two black elected officials from Brooklyn held a separate press conference at the scene of a recent shooting, asking the mayor and governor for an emergency allocation of $50 million for anti-violence groups in violent neighborhoods.(2)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended himself from attacks that he's using the Aurora massacre to advance his political aims, saying, "What kind of political agenda do I have? I'm not running for anything."
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)
Newt Gingrich thinks more people in Darfur should have guns.
Speaking last night at the New York State Republican Party's annual dinner in Manhattan, Gingrich said that in "a place like Darfur, if the helpless were able to protect themselves, there'd be fewer murders, fewer robbers, fewer rapists."