NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again calling on the presidential candidates to come up with a specific plan on gun control.
Bloomberg said Monday it is incumbent on President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney to address the issue “specifically — not in just broad terms.”
Bloomberg spoke on MSNBC in the wake of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.
He asked how anyone can run for the highest office in the country and not have a plan.
He said some people feel it’s insensitive to talk about gun control as the nation mourns Colorado’s victims. But he asked: “If not now, when?”
Bloomberg also went on CNN, telling Piers Morgan that he doesn’t understand why police officers don’t go on strike until tougher gun laws are enforced.
“I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike,” Bloomberg CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight. “We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”
He clarified Tuesday that he didn’t mean it literally. He says New York law prevents police strikes.
But he said officers ought to be outraged by the lack of gun control because they willingly go into dangerous situations.
It was Bloomberg’s latest push for gun control since the Colorado massacre.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday he thought it was simply a statement of frustration by the mayor reacting to the country’s inadequate gun control.
Bloomberg heads up a coalition of American mayors who support tighter gun control. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has lobbied for stronger enforcement of existing laws.
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