New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords should have sparked a national dialogue about gun laws.
Bloomberg, a political independent and longtime advocate for gun control, made his comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press” hours before his gun control ad with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was scheduled to air during the Super Bowl.
“You’d think that if a congresswoman got shot in the head, that would have changed Congress’ views,” Bloomberg told NBC’s David Gregory, who asked why the issue of gun control has been “overtaken by the politics of indifference.”
Bloomberg continued, “I can tell you how to change it, just get Congress to come with me to the hospital when I’ve got tell somebody that their son or daughter, their spouse, their parent is not going to come home ever again. This past week, sadly, even though the murder rate in New York is so much lower than almost every big city, we still had a cop shot last week with a gun that somebody had even though the federal laws prohibited that person from having a gun.”
Calling on Congress to provide funding to ensure proper background checks and close loopholes to make sure current laws are enforced, claiming that since the 1960s, nearly 400,000 Americans have died in gun violence — more than the number of Americans who died during World War II.
“I don’t know who has to get killed for people to start saying ‘wait a second, this is enough,'” Bloomberg said.
Watch the clip below, via NBC: