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Who's Right? Bloomberg on Gun Control

After two tragic shootings in a matter of weeks, mayor presses presidential candidates on gun control.

In a new national TV commercial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is asking both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to lay out detailed plans to combat illegal firearms, says the New York Post.

In the ad, which aired during the Olympics and morning political talk shows this week, two victims wounded in the 2011 Tucson, Ariz., shootings – Bill Badger and Pam Simon – warn that more than 48,000 Americans will be killed by guns during the next president’s term.

The commercial is the start to a new campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, called “Demand a Plan” which also has an online petition and a letter to the two presidential candidates asking for “a substantive plan to end gun violence” says the Post.

The Demand a Plan web site has chilling statistics on its front page – in the 17 days since the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting, almost 600 Americans have been killed by gun violence.

“The Tucson survivors have waited nearly 600 days for Washington to take action to end gun violence. They are still waiting, and we are all waiting,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Despite the mayor’s calls for tightened gun control, last week it was reported that , which sells reloaded bullets to the public without any background or identification checks.

When asked about this, a spokesman for the mayor said: “Our purpose is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, not keep guns or ammunition away from law-abiding citizens.”

Tell us what you think of Bloomberg's push to get the presidential candidates to stake out detailed positions on gun control. Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Jon L August 08, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I think more people need to talk about the issue. Hey Mickey is it fine if someone shoots your loved one as long as they can’t be found mentally ill or are given the death sentence? It’s shear mathematics my firend. Our criminal system has been the way it is since the constitution was created. It wasn't liberals who created the constitution was it? It was those who gave you your right to have a gun! 48,000 people will be shot in the US this year. That's 16 times the amount of people who died on 9/11 - the only time the country stood united that I can remember. And that my friend - is sad!
Mickey Walker August 08, 2012 at 04:43 AM
It is sad. I do dispute your figures however. And if libs are true to form, they lump it all together. How many of those are police shootings, legitimate self defense shootings, accidental shootings and suicides? Some people just need killing. Such as the vermin from Tuscon who just got a life sentence instead of being shot and killed on the street as it should have been. At least the cop in Oak Creek, Wisc. did the world a service and terminated the nutjob instead of wasting all kinds of time and money in court! As for the Founding Fathers, they were actually pretty liberal in a conservative sort of way. They used logic and common sense, as opposed to liberals using emotion and no sense when it comes to gun ownership and use!
Mickey Walker August 08, 2012 at 06:26 AM
There are hundreds of gun laws on the books across the country....we don't need any more. What we need is for bleeding heart liberal judges and prosecutors to enforce the laws we have. If nutjobs started mowing down people with a car or truck, killing dozens at a whack, I wonder how they would change the driving laws? Would they ban cars and trucks, or would we have alternate driving days?
Mickey Walker August 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
How about an Mitt Romney ad instead of the lies of obama ad?
Max Nocerino August 08, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Your comparing apples and oranges. Yes you can argue that a crazy person driving a car could kill others, but guns are designed with the sole intention of killing another person. You can argue that PEOPLE should be banned with that logic, as people kill other people. Plus Romney will be Bush all over again.

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