New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for President Obama and Mitt Romney to offer up a national policy to put a dent in gun violence, during his public address, Friday (July 20).
Bloomberg spoke on the matter via his weekly appearance on WOR Radio, hours after a dozen people were killed when a gunman in Colorado opened fire at a movie theater. “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 are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” he said. “There are so many murders with guns every day — it’s just got to stop.
“Instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor Romney – talking in broad things about (how) they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how. This is a real problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them concretely, not just in generalities – specifically what are they going to do about guns?”
In response to the Colorado shootings, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced that NYPD officers will patrol movie theaters in the city, “as a precaution.”
Despite a record low 17 percent decrease this year, gun violence remains a big issue in New York City. Late last month, 15-year-old Akeal Christopher of Brooklyn, was shot while walking home from a graduation party. He was declared brain dead, and taken off life support on his birthday. Also in Brooklyn, a 3-year-old was grazed by a bullet during an anti-gun violence rally.
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