Bloomberg: Consider banning semiautomatic weaponsSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 12:31
Bloomberg: Consider banning semiautomatic weapons
By David Hill - The Washington Times
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg repeated his calls Monday for a national discussion of gun laws in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Colorado.
Mr. Bloomberg, an independent, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he thinks the country needs to consider a new ban on semiautomatic weapons and find better ways to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
He also challenged President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to clarify their stances on gun control, and deflected criticism from officials who say it is too soon after the shooting to discuss its legal and political ramifications.
"People say it's bad politics to address the issue, but I think they're wrong," Mr. Bloomberg said. "You ask one of the families, 'Is this the time to focus on how to keep other children from getting killed?' " I think they'd be on the side of do it now."