Michael Bloomberg Criticizes Barack Obama, Mitt Romney on Lead Gun Control

NY mayor Michael Bloomberg called for the candidates to lead a national debate about gun control.

New York mayor criticizes both President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for failing to call for stricter regulations on guns. Photo: Center for American Progress/Flickr

Michael Bloomberg urged President Obama and his rival Mitt Romney to put up or shut up on gun control, The Huffington Post reports.

“Expressing sympathy is nice,” Mayor Bloomberg said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “But somebody’s got to do something.”

“And this requires, particularly in a presidential year, the candidates for president of the United States to stand up and once and for all say, yes, they feel terrible.”

He continued: “Yes, it’s a tragedy. Yes, we have great sympathy for the families, but it’s time for this country to do something. And that’s the job of the president of the United States.”

He went on, adding that the Republican nominee has banned assault during his being the governor of Massachusetts.

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense,” Romney said at the time. “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

However, five years ago, during his first run for president, the Republican said he did not support “any new gun laws, including any new ban on semiautomatic firearms.”

Bloomberg also didn’t forget to mention President Obama who had promised to renew the federal ban which expired in 2004, The New York Daily News writes.

“The governor has apparently changed his views and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue, or if he’s facing it, I don’t know of anybody who has seen him face it,” Bloomberg said.

“It’s time for both of them to be held accountable. We don’t need more gun laws. We need a couple of fixes,” the mayor added.

“It’s up to these two presidential candidates. They want to lead this country, and they’ve said things before that they’re in favor of banning things like assault weapons. Where are they now, and why don’t they stand up? And if they want our votes, they better,” he concluded.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suggested SUnday that a gun control debate is certain to follow the shooting in Aurora, but he played down its importance.

“I think that debate’s going to happen; it already has started,” Hickenlooper said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“But you look at this person – almost a creature – if he couldn’t have gotten access to the guns, what kind of bomb would he have manufactured? I mean we’re in a time, an information age where there’s access to all kinds of information.”

Arizona Senator John McCain, raised his doubts about whether gun control can prevent shootings like the one in Aurora.

“I think that we need to look at everything, and everything should be looked at,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But to think that somehow gun control, or increased gun control, is the answer — in my view, that has to be proved.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said Sunday that “politicians are reluctant to take hard lines on gun control because the gun organizations go out to defeat people in states where they can.”

“They pour a lot of money in,” Feinstein told reporters. “And some people lost office after they voted for [gun control] legislation before.”

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