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Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses Aurora, Colorado mass shooting

Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses Aurora, Colorado mass shooting

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July 20, 2012 No. 270www.nyc.gov 
 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered today on WOR Radio’s ‘The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike’ follow. An audio file is availablehere.
John Gambling: Mayor Bloomberg, good morning.Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: Good morning, John.Gambling: Nice to see you as always. That deal in Aurora, just another horrificunexplainable mass murder.Mayor Bloomberg: You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to doabout it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’tit tragic,’ and you know, we look for was the guy, as you said, maybe trying to recreate Batman. Imean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop. And instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor Romney – talking in broad things about they want to makethe world a better place, okay, tell us how. And this is a real problem. No matter where you stand onthe Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them concretely, not just in generalities – specifically what are they going to do about guns? I cantell you what we do here in New York. The State Legislature passed the toughest gun laws – somestates may say no. That’s okay, what do you want to do? And maybe every Governor should standup. But in the end, it is really the leadership at a national level, which is whoever is going to bePresident of the United States starting next January 1
– what are they going to do about guns?Gambling: The reality is you know that will not happen.Mayor Bloomberg: Well, it’ll happen, John, if it was one of your kids yesterday in Aurora,maybe you’d stand up and say I’m not going to take this anymore. Maybe you get your friends andeverything. And it’s not a question of what you think is right here. Here’s the issue: You want to bePresident? Okay, I said the other day, forget about stuff- you want to fix the economy? Tell us howyou’re going to fix the economy, and tell us in a practical sense because the President has to dealwith Congress, the President has to do things consistent with what the courts will allow. But just
going and talking in generalities unfortunately doesn’t give the public the information they need tomake an informed decision.Gambling: Don’t you think that’s true again because the public doesn’t really know what itwants to hear? Doesn’t really care enough about that? And that the candidate has to play to the base because it’s the only way he or she is going to get elected, and therefor if he doesn’t get elected hecan’t do anything-Mayor Bloomberg: Well, it’s like saying, you know, I can be dishonest because I won’t getelected and then I can’t be honest. I mean, come on. You know, but number one, there’s somethingmore important than getting elected, and that’s standing up and saying what you think is right. Imean, I listen to this all the time, everything – oh, it’s getting reelected. Getting reelected or electedisn’t everything. How do you- you’ve got to look your family in the eye, you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and say this is what I really believe and this is what I’ll do if I get elected.And if it sells it sells, and if it doesn’t sell it doesn’t sell. And you know, you say people don’tknow. Yeah, I think that’s fair. People don’t have a solution, or everybody has a different solution.But that’s why we elect governors and presidents and legislators to lead from the front, to come upwith solutions, to tell us what those solutions they think are. Some will work, some won’t, somethey’ll get through the Legislature, some they won’t be able to. But you still- if we just say, ‘Well,there’s nothing you can do about it.’ Think about where we’re going. This country is in very bigtrouble, and we need the two presidential candidates to tell us how they’re going to take us out of this. We used to be here in New York in the top ten in education in every standard. We’re lucky to be in the top 50. We used to have all the new jobs created here in this country. Everybody talksabout jobs. Tell us specifically how you’re going to do it. New York City, we have our plans – some good, some bad, some people like them, some don’t – but we’re talking about the future of thecountry. Tax policy – you know, they talk about, ‘I’m going to reduce everybody’s taxes,’ or, ‘I’mgoing to reduce taxes for the group that I think will vote for me the most.’ That’s just not the way todo it. But guns – get back to Aurora – this is killing people every day, and it’s growing and it’s not just an inner-city, east coast, west coast, big city phenomenon. Aurora is not a big city.Gambling: No.Mayor Bloomberg: Suburb of Denver.Gambling: Yeah.Mayor Bloomberg: You know, the murder-Gambling: 25 miles from Columbine, which I think is-Mayor Bloomberg: The murder rate in the rural areas is just as bad if not worse than themurder rate in urban areas.Gambling: Have you ever talked with anybody about the psychology of that? I know thegun issue, but the psychology of that. Have we become less sensitive to our neighbor?2

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