Speaking as a guest on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Monday evening, Mayor Bloomberg stepped up his call for stricter gun laws by suggesting police across the country strike until the federal government act on gun control.
Bloomberg, who is a co-founder of the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said:
I don’t understand why the police officers across his country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re going to go on strike. We're not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe. After all, police officers want to go home to their families and we're doing everything we can to make their jobs more difficult.
The mayor has been a staunch supporter of increased gun control, routinely working to raise national awareness of what he believes to be flagrant, dangerous failures in government background checks required for gun purchases.
Following last Friday's horrific movie theater shooting in Aurura, Mayor Bloomberg has been extremely vocal in his criticism towards both President Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for their lack of discussion on what they plan to do to improve gun control in the country.
Since the shooting, many have pointed to the National Rifle Association for enabling loose ownership of firearms. PBS's Bill Moyers blasted the NRA as an "enabler of death" and "the best friend a killer's instinct ever had."
A recent report revealed the NRA has a strong lobby in New York, donating more money to campaigns in the state than any other in the country. Their contributions are thought to have played a part in blocking the passage of microstamping in New York.
Mayor Bloomberg himself, however, also was a a very big donor to state Senate Republicans, who have blocked Bloomberg's efforts to pass microstamping laws.
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