NYC Mayor: Hold Obama, Romney Accountable on Gun Control
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a question for President Obama and Mitt Romney in response to the mass shootings in Colorado: “What are you going to do?”
“You know, Governor Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts actually passed a ban on assault weapons, and President Obama when he came into office in 2008 said he would reinstitute a federal ban on assault weapons,” Bloomberg told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer, in an interview for “Face the Nation.”
“The governor has apparently changed his views, and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue - or if he’s facing it, I don’t know anybody that’s seen him face it.
“It’s time for both of them to be called, held accountable,” he continued. “You know, we spend all our time talking about tax returns, and gaffes, and things like that. This is one of those issues, along with a handful of others, that really matter to the American public. It matters to the future of our country, it matters to you and me and to our children and grandchildren. And it’s time I think that we hold them accountable and say, ‘Okay, you want our votes? What are you going to do?’”
Bloomberg began his remarks by saying that, while “expressing sympathy is nice,” incidents like Friday’s shooting happen to far too many people.
“There are about 34 people killed with illegal guns every single day,” he said before pointing to other recent tragedies.