Bloomberg Blames Guns For MassacreSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 20:50
Bloomberg Blames Guns For Massacre
As Democrats and Republicans tiptoe around talking policy the day of a massacre, the New York Mayor is blunt:
Posted Jul 20, 2012 6:22pm EDT
Here's a partial transcript from Bloomberg's office:
Reporter: Mr. Mayor, after so many mass shootings in America in the past, why does an incident like the one today still happen?
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: Because there are too many guns and the guns are in the hands – a lot of them – of people that Federal law says shouldn’t have guns. The Federal laws, existing laws, which have been challenged in the courts and found Constitutional by the Supreme Court – existing laws say you can’t sell a gun to a minor, to a person with a criminal record, to a person with psychiatric or drug problems. And yet we continue to have at gun shows the people buying guns without background checks on they- whether or not they fit into those categories, or over the internet without background checks to see if they fit into those categories, or a very small percentage of unscrupulous gun dealers around the country who sell guns knowing full well that the people that are buying them are either buying them for somebody who wouldn’t be allowed to or in fact themselves aren’t allowed to buy guns.
Reporter: Congress used to debate gun control. Doesn’t even happen now.
Mayor: It doesn’t happen now because I think all of them have been cowed by a handful of advocates who think that the right to bear arms allows you to go out and kill people at random. That’s not overstating it very much. The bottom line is the Supreme Court has held that reasonable restrictions on guns are Constitutional under the Second Amendment, and what’s happened here is a handful of very aggressive, very activist people have gone to Congress and said, ‘If you’re rational on this we’re going to work against your reelection. If you stick with us, most people may still vote for you but for sure we will stay away from supporting your opponent.’ So they’ve used a very small threat to have a very big impact on one of the things that elected officials care about most, and that’s getting reelected.