Mayor Bloomberg: We Need an Assault Weapons Ban Because Mass Shootings ‘Only Happen in America’

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is known for his staunch support for stricter gun control, and his outspokenness in championing that cause.

After Friday’s shootings in Newtown, Conn., Bloomberg made a point of opining about the necessity for another assault weapons ban, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and claiming that the kind of mass shooting under discussion “only happens in America.”

National Review Online reports:

“What the president can do is number one, through executive action, he can order his agencies to enforce the laws more aggressively,” Bloomberg said. “I think there’s something like 77,000 people who have been accused of lying when they applied for a gun permit. We’ve only prosecuted 77 of them.”

Bloomberg didn’t mention his source for those numbers during the program.

“Nobody questions the second amendment’s right to bear arms,” the mayor continued, “but I don’t think the founding fathers had the idea that every man, woman, and child could carry an assault weapon.”

Dismissing the idea that politicians had reason to fear going against the NRA, Bloomberg remarked, “The NRA’s number one objective this time was to defeat Obama for a second term. Last time I checked the election results, he won and he won comfortably. This myth that the NRA can destroy political careers is just not true.”

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Host David Gregory did push back on Bloomberg at one point in the broadcast, pointing out that the guns involved were all purchased legally, and that only one of them could have been prohibited under an assault weapons ban. Bloomberg admitted that his policy preferences couldn’t necessarily have stopped this particular incident, but still argued that there was a trend at work that could be mitigated by stricter gun laws.

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4 thoughts on “Mayor Bloomberg: We Need an Assault Weapons Ban Because Mass Shootings ‘Only Happen in America’

  1. Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in a bombing attack and shooting at a youth camp in 2011. This man needs to watch the world news, seems to have a very narrow mind.

  2. Or the Port Arthur Masacre in Tasmania, Australia where 35 poor people were killed and 23 or so wounded

    Strathfield Masacre, Sydney Australia, where 8 were killed and 6 wounded

    In China, a spate of Massacres with knives…

    The list no doubt is extensive

  3. An Extensive list from Wikipedia (concerning Australia)

    Cullin-La-Ringo massacre – Horatio Wills and his traveling party were killed by Aborigines at Cullin-La-Ringo Station in Queensland in 1860; police, native police and civilians killed 60 to 70 Aborigines in response.

    George David Silva murdered six members of the Ching family at Alligator Creek near Mackay, Queensland in 1911.

    Coniston massacre – Over 50 Aboriginal people were killed in the last Aboriginal massacre in 1928. The motive was revenge for the killing of dingo hunter Frederick Brooks.

    Clifford Bartholomew massacre – A man shot dead ten members of his family in Hope Forest near Adelaide, September 1971.

    Milperra massacre – Two biker gangs, the Comanchero and the Bandidos, engaged in a shoot-out in a hotel car park, killing 7 people in 1984, including a bystander. Only one defendant was acquitted on the murder charges.

    Joseph Schwab – 1987, Schwab shot dead 5 people in and around the Kimberley region in Western Australia before being shot dead by police. [1]

    Hoddle Street massacre – Armed with two rifles and a shotgun, Julian Knight shot 7 people dead and wounded another 19 in 1987 before surrendering to authorities.

    Queen Street massacre – Armed with a sawn-off rifle, Frank Vitkovic roamed the Australia Post building killing 8 and wounding 5, also in 1987. When the weapon was finally wrestled from him, he committed suicide by jumping out of a nearby window.

    Surry Hills massacre – Paul Anthony Evers killed 5 people with a 12-gauge shotgun at a public housing precinct in Surry Hills in 1990 before surrendering to police. [2]

    Strathfield massacre – In 1991 Wade Frankum killed 7 people and wounded 6 others with a large knife and an SKS before turning the gun on himself when he realised he could not escape.

    Central Coast Massacre – Malcolm Baker killed 6 people and injured another with a shotgun in 1992 before being arrested by police.

    Port Arthur massacre – In 1996, armed with two semi-automatic rifles, Martin Bryant killed 35 people around Port Arthur and wounded 21 before being caught by police the next day following an overnight siege.

    Childers Palace Fire – In June 2000, drifter and con-artist Robert Long started a fire at the Childers Palace backpackers hostel that killed 15 people.

    Monash University shooting – In October 2002, Huan Yun Xiang, a student, shot his classmates and teacher, killing two and injuring five.

  4. “Assault weapons” were not used. Machine guns are already illegal. Even the term “assault weapon” is fake, made up to confuse people into thinking that a regular semi-automatic rifle is a machine gun. Bloomberg is an idiot.

    We also have empirical evidence showing that “assault weapons” are seldom used in violent crimes, and that the ’96 ban had “no significant impact” on violent crime. Again, Bloomberg is grandstanding.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Assault_Weapons_Ban
    http://www.thecommunityguide.org/violence/Violence.pdf
    http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/173405.pdf

    Yes, we need to DO something to protect soft targets such as schools. The ONLY effective way to do that is to do one or both of the following:
    1. Allocate funding to station armed security personnel or police officers in every school.
    2. Allow properly trained and licensed teachers, faculty and adult students to carry firearms in schools and on campuses.

    After 9/11, Congress allowed airline pilots to be armed. They also funded an armed air marshal program, placing them on a significant number of flights. It worked; no U.S. airliner has been hijacked and flown into occupied buildings since. LEARN FROM THIS. The ONLY logical response to an armed attack is armed resistance!

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