New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had some harsh words in response to President Obama’s statement earlier today on the unfathomably tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut this morning. Bloomberg said, “we need action, not rhetoric to deal with gun violence.”
“President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough,” said Bloomberg in a statement. ”We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress.”
In his response to the tragedy, a teary-eyed Obama said “we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
Michael Bloomberg is an Independent and he is the “co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group he organized to counter the influence of the National Rifle Association.”
I have to say, I agree wholeheartedly with Mayor Bloomberg. I have long been an advocate for gun control.
I respect and believe in the 2nd ammendment, but I feel very strongly that there needs to be better gun control and we should once again have a federal assault weapon ban.
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) (or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law in the United States that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called “assault weapons“. The 10-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994, and was signed into law by PresidentBill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban’s enactment.
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired on September 13, 2004, as part of the law’s sunset provision. There have been multiple attempts to renew the ban, but no bill has reached the floor for a vote.
Before President Obama spoke on the incident today, “White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “today is not the day,” to engage in a policy debate over gun control.”
When is the day? Tomorrow? New week? Next month? How do we stop this seseless violence if we don’t stand up and demand change in the laws. Now, not later, when the story fades into the news until the next tragic massacre of innocent children, innocent people happens.