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Do you agree with Mayor Bloomberg on Gun Control?

The mayor has renwed his call for sweeping gun control legislation. Will you stand behind him or not?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has always been a strong advocate of gun control. In the wake of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Bloomberg has renewed his call to enact more stringent gun control legislation.

Gun safety has always been a front-and-center issue for the mayor. He's the co-chair of Mayor's Against Illegal Guns, and he's worked — though not always successfully — to restrict handgun ownership in New York City in his three terms as mayor.

Since the mayor seems to have the wind in his sails on this one, we want to know what you think. His causes are often controversial in the city, and among the voters of the five boroughs he alternates between being worshipped and reviled.

Do you agree with Bloomberg on gun control? Or are stricter gun laws missing the point?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

BRADY December 20, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Stricter enforcement of existing gun laws might help,enacting more laws will do nothing if the penalties for breaking them are not adhered to
Ryan December 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
As long as we continue to blame inanimate objects for the evil men do, we will never move forward in our attempt to reduce violence.
Brian G. December 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I and my friends are gun owners and NRA members and are ready to accept reasonable and necessary reforms, as outlined. We will write our representatives to express this and we believe good things will come from it. It is the right thing to do. However, the other side of the argument should not think they smell blood and start overreaching, making additional ridiculous and frivolous demands in mid stream, or digress from what the President has (at least pubicly) said is the right course of action to take. If they do, they will hit a wall again. Both sides need to make this happen and will make this happen if this is a process of mutual inclusion.
Peter Weber December 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Removing guns from legal gun owners only creates a larger victim pool. The gun isn't the brain in the case. The shooter is the brain. And if we continue to use gun control as the feel good placebo that it is, we'll never move forward. The complete failure of gun free zones and the tragedy that is our inability to deal with the mental health issues in this country ate the real topics we should be discussing. The anti-gun crowd has been around exploiting these tragedies since forever. If we really care for the children, we'll shift the discussion to a more meaningful one.
Ignatz Erdalatz December 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The horse has already left the barn; it's just nonsense to believe any form of gun control will work. There are millions of guns already in circulation; politically correct, but absurdly impractical in reality.
Robert Rozzi December 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I am in complete agreement with Strict Gun Control, however Mayor Bloomberg is the not the guy to lead this fight. When does someone question his support of George Bush in 2001 when the hard fought ban on assault weapons was allowed to expire? Much like his reversal on term limits his opinion and support seem to change to suit his whims.
Joe Valone December 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
This type of action really shows just how out of touch politicians are with mainstream America! A Ban on nothing ever worked… America is a nation that came about from the use of guns! The founding fathers and their fathers came from countries where they had now freedom of speech they lived in fear. They came here to be free and in such fought battles and formed a Constitution that said for ever let every man always have the freedom of speech and their very next thought was how to protect every man’s right to freedom of speech.. Thus the 2nd amendment…I say look at history any nation that has lost the liberty of its citizens to be armed – Sooner or later those very citizens suffered and became oppressed. Blaming guns for killing is like blaming spoons for people being fat! Blaming the NRA for gun deaths is like blaming AAA for Drunk Drivers! The Problem at hand seems directly related to the mental stability and condition of the perpetrators. Here is where the solution lies!!!
Alanna B. December 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The solution must be multifaceted. Yes, we need to look at and address the causes of the violence, be it mental illness, our culture, etc. But, we also need to enact common-sense gun control laws --- and, we need to do it now. There should be background checks for the purchase of guns -- maybe even character references. People should be required to keep guns locked in safes at their homes, so they don't get into the wrong hands (like they did in the recent shootings). We should ban military-type weapons and ammunition. Do gun enthusiasts really need them? I believe in preserving our freedoms, but there should be a limit. Otherwise, there is chaos, which is where things seem to be heading . . . Will strict gun-control laws stop all mass murders. Probably not. But, even if its stops one, that's enough for me.
Carol December 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
This is the same mayor who is threatening to fire guidance counselors and has them and school psychologists already working split sessions. The lessons of Sandy Hook isn't just about gun control, it's about early intervention. We need to support parents like the Lanza family and others who when they call 911 because their child is acting out in a way that can harm themselves, the hospital doesn't release them with more meds and some out-patient follow up that is not really helping. These are just cost-cutting methods. Many health-care benefits don't include long-term psychiatrist visits--and many won't accept poor insurance coverage. This is really a travesty. The mayor needs to make sure that schools have the best support services in the country. And schools need to put more emphasis on a student's mental health over their test scores.
David Diefendorf December 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Owning military-type arms and ammunition has nothing to do with being a "gun enthusiast". It has to do with the original intent of the 2nd Amendment. And why would anyone trust a man like Bloomberg who is protected 24/7 by men with guns but wants to take away our right to afford ourselves the same protection?? The 2nd Amendment is real people and it was written and worded the way it was for great reason after much thought. The Right To Keep And Bare Arms Shall Not Be Infringed Upon. If that makes you uncomfortable then move to a country like Mexico where there are very strict laws in place about private citizens not owning arms and everyone is safe and the murder rate is low.....oh, wait. Nvm
Ideal Coin and Stamp December 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
There is absolutely no reason for any American outside of law enforcement to have semi or automatic weapons. It just isnt right.
BRADY December 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM
there are only two types of weapons semi and automatic if you want to ban all guns just come out an say it
Walter Noller December 23, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Alanna... With 271 laws on federal books alone, not to mention those in each state, you demand what is already there. As far as guns that "looks" military is simply not the same as actual military weapons. To ask if anyone "needs" anything can be extended to many things we, as a free society have to our avail. Does anyone "need" a Farrari or Mansion? We need to stop the rhetoric that demands things already in place like gun safes/locking devices and allow people to abide within the law. That a law is broke does not make the demand for removal of a product from those who comply with the law. Below, Carol states a number of things that show why it becomes the personal responsibility and NOT the reason we should give up our rights. The powerful such as Bloomberg is a prime example of someone who needs to have the balance of power checked. There is reason, however, for us to see there are factors that have caused this individual to do such an heinous act. Human nature remembers the crime and who did it but not the victim(s) giving celebrity status where, The punishment needs to outweigh the crime. Even finding fault in the gun and not the act removes the person responsible to some degree. Bloody action movies and video games while titillating and make money for the maker are popular, they also desensitize the act of such violence and become an issue for those who can't seperate reality from fantacy. Therein lies a problem.
Walter Noller December 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Carol.. So right on so many issues. Some time ago, they released many who were institutionlized back into society. Hey, it was good economics as is early prison release because it's cheaper to purge overcrowded jails than build more. Instead of enforcing laws and looking at expanding our health system, we (society) become negatively effected by the economics of it. Of course asking any school official to be the one to tell a parent their little cherub has mental issues and is a ticking time bomb is not something I'd want to do. Then again,this is the same education system that has been so influential in getting all those who "misbehave" on Ritilan and other chemicals. I may have just opened a can of worms, here. Yikes! Mind, Body, Spirit... It's what makes the human and each seem to need a bit of work and work together in balance. We eat poorly, cause ourselves undue stress and have little time for reflection (or relegion) and find it easy to dismiss the importance of mental health issues... face it, if we can't see it, we can't make sense of it.
Walter Noller December 23, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Police do a great job of investigating... AFTER THE FACT! Unless you want police on every corner simply don't rely on there being your savior. No one can LEGALLY own an automatic weapon... GOT THAT!?! Semi simply means after firing, the mechanics of the gun moves to the next round. It takes pulling the trigger to fire it. Then again, some wouldn't know an assault weapon from a salt bagel. Because something looks fierce doesn't make it more deadly or effective than another. Not picking on you, but please know it's getting old. Somewhere it needs to be put to bed and real discussion on the why's of this need equal addressing. You can't make sense of a senseless act nor find sanity in the insane mind. Trying to fault an inanimate object is, in itself, a crazymaker. To put it another way, a gun never fired is not dangerous, a movie never watched isn't nor is the video game never played. Perhaps it's time for our society to take some of the blame.. Whoa, there's a scary thought.

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