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Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Gun Control Reform! WATCH HERE!

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After the lives of 20 elementary school children were taken by a sick man wielding automated assault weapons, it should be obvious that gun control laws (among a myriad of others) in this country are ineffective at best.

NYC's Mayor Bloomberg appeared on Meet the Press over the weekend and proposed a plan for gun control reform (above).

During his proposal, the Mayor states:

"It only happens in America. And it happens again and again. There was another shooting yesterday; three people killed, I think, in a hospital. We kill people in schools, we kill them in hospitals, we kill them in religious organizations, we kill them when they're young, we kill them when they're old. We've just got to stop this…If [Obama] does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns.

There is a number of things that the President can do…through executive action, he can order his agencies to enforce the laws more aggressively. I think [there are] something like 77,000 people who've been accused of lying when they applied for a gun permit. We've only prosecuted 77 of them. The president can introduce legislation, even if it doesn't get passed…He's got to try. That's his job."

Whether or not you believe everyone has a right to own a weapon that can effortlessly steal someone's life is not the issue; no one can deny that American gun control laws are lax and laughable.

It's true, violence is part of our society, but shouldn't our main goal be working towards a future where violence is rare, if not unheard of? A future of peace?

Idealistic yes, over simplified, sure… but an honorable goal nonetheless.

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27 comments to “Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Gun Control Reform! WATCH HERE!”

  1. Lacey says – reply to this


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    What about the Nanping school massacre, weapon knife or Cologne school massacre, weapon flame thrower or Bath School disaster weapons bombs, GUN control is not the issue MENTAL HEALTH IS!!!! MENTAL HEALTH REFORM!!!

  2. Bob says – reply to this


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    Reopen the mental facilities. When they were open, we did not have these problems. We do not need to take away guns. Bad guys will always have guns….good guys will be killed. Bloomburg is about the dumbest guy on Earth. Just go drink your girly 12 ounce drink.



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    Taking guns away will not solve anything. I agree, they should make it a little harder to buy one, but dont take them away. Based on Bloomberg anaolgy.., I guess we should not have sex anymore…People rape, does that mean no mroe sex for those who do not?? Its a mental illness. People will use whatever to kill. They make bombs out of bleach.are you going to outlaw bleach. Then they make bombs out of vinegar, are you then going to outlaw vinegar…etc?..Its never ending. ITS A MENTAL DISORDER!!!

  4. beach says – reply to this


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    Bloomberg is wrong. The guns are already out there. Gun control will only succeed in taking away our right to protect ourselves, and is ridiculous. As long as criminals can get guns EASILIY o n the black market, no one has the right to take guns away from anyone. To think that if Obama puts something in place right now will change things and there will less killings is ridiculous, at best.



  5. 5

    You have to realise that guns are a problem, not the only problem but still a problem. And gun control won't stop these events but it will help. I don't understand why it's so important to hold onto a 'right' that makes no sense over the lives of others, gun control will save lives, that should be above all else. I'm actually really saddened that I've seen so many people who care more about a posession than the lives of others.
    After the terrible Dunblane school shooting in Scotland in 1996 there was a huge change to gun laws, and hand guns were banned. This may not have solved everything, but it was a necessary change. Right now the world is looking to the US with great saddnes but also with anger that this is being allowed to happen time and time again with no attempts at change. Something is obviously not working, what more has to happen before your willing to change?

  6. boston61 says – reply to this


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    Guns are not the problem. REPUBLICANS are the problem. From the economy to gun murder to stupid wars Republicans are destroying America and our everyday lives.



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    Re: Lady Says – So true. What we don't hear enough about is all the women who are shot by angry ex-husbands/boyfriends, and all the accidental shootings. Having more control over guns will definitely lessen these incidents. I also think we need to lessen violent entertainment for future generations. Violence is huge in the entertainment industry - it numbs us to it, and it makes it more natural to resort to violence when thing go wrong. It is a warped sense of morality when swearing on tv is not allowed, but killing someone is.



  8. 8

    I am not a gun owner but the problem here is not guns. Every single one of these horrific events have been carried out by a mentally ill person. Having more heath care options for the mentally ill is a better solution. No normal person would ever do anything like this.



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    Re: judalon – Last year handguns killed 48 in Japan, 8 in Great Britain, 34 in Switzerland, 52 in Canada, 58 in Israel, 21 in Sweden, 42 in Germany, and 10,728 in the USA. You are kidding yourself if you think guns are not a problem.

  10. fid says – reply to this


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    Yes taking away guns will not stop the issues facing America's insane gun related fatalities but it would certainly do good rather than harm. I don't see why anyone needs semi-automatic weapons, or armour piercing bullets. I'm sorry, but I don't generally see deer wearing bullet proof vests. I also don't understand why it's so easy to get a gun in the US, it seems more difficult to get a drivers license.

    Definitely mental illness is also a factor and if someone is deemed innocent due to mental illness, they should still have a sentence that would give them X amount of years at a mental institution that can give them the help they need.

    People should be held accountable for their crimes, whether mentally ill or not. The way they carry out their sentence is where the difference should lie.

  11. marvin says – reply to this


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    Mayor Bloomberg doesn't have his information correct on the type of weapon. He should worry about his own city not the rest of the world.. If someone whats a gun no law will stop them from getting one. The only thing it does do is hamper a legal citizen from getting a gun.

  12. Ceee says – reply to this


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    Re: rosebud99 – Good point - and violence in video games I think contributes to the problem in an even greater way.



  13. 13

    Because gun control would have stopped Timothy McVeigh. The issue at hand is not gun control. It's about mental health. I wonder if Bloomberg has ever seen the numerous stories of people using firearms to save people or protect themselves from intruders? Probably not because it wouldn't fit his agenda. Sorry, Bloomberg even your strict gun policies in New York City has not made it a Utopia. When someone wants to do harm to other people, they will find a way to make it happen, gun or no gun.



  14. 14

    Yeah let's listen to mayor Bloomberg. We see how well his city is ran with only police having guns. (Not that they even know how to shot them half the time) the only people other than people who have guns in NYC is the criminals who rob you. Yes let's listen to him

  15. lala says – reply to this


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    What people don't know is that homicide rates are lower than they are in 30 years. That means that it is trending in the right direction despite these stories. Re: rosebud99 – All those countries have less people than the USA. Switzerland gun laws actually require men at certain age to own guns. Swedans also has high gun owner.

  16. Adrian says – reply to this


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    Its mind blowing to hear people say its not a gun issue, of course its a gun issue! if the united states had stricter gun control, then the mentally ill who have intentions of harming people could not walk into a walmart and buy a semi automatic weapon. the answer is clear, guns are more difficult to obtain in many other countries, and they do not experience the gun related violence that the states does, whats the common denominator?



  17. 17

    Ah, Bloomie in his element - telling other people what they should do because he knows better. Pontificate away, sir, as you get run out of an office you bought a third term in.

  18. Crissy says – reply to this


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    Re: Lady Says – You do know that criminals do not follow the law and will still get guns on the black market, right? So, if this guy had stolen a truck full of gasoline and ran it into the school to blow it up, would you want to outlaw gasoline?? Gun control is not the issue, mental health is. Adam Lanza's mother knew he had issues, but was in denial and kept it from everyone by pretending her life was perfect.



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    Re: Crissy
    I'm sorry your point is ridiculous.
    There are many factors involved and to say guns aren't one of them is denial. I'm not saying guns are the only problem, mental health is the biggest issue, sick people do sick things, so why help to easily and well equip them. The problem unfortunately is that you live in a country that holds your right to bear arms above your right to health care. You all need to be willing to change and take action because something is terribly wrong for these events to keep happening.



  20. 20

    The dumb republicans on here sayin guns aren't at all the problem and mental health is are the same ones who don't believe healthcare is a human right to begin with. Can y'all say CUT SPENDING AND ENTITLEMENTS all together so we can hear it? Dumbass hypocrites…



  21. 21

    Re: rosebud99 – I am not talking about one on one crimes. I am talking about mass shootings and they are all done by mentally ill people.



  22. 22

    BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!



  23. 23

    NRA cowards shut down fb page and have nothing to say since this tragedy.That's because they have no defense for defending nonsense. Disgusting.



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    Re: rosebud99 – goof point and I agree

  25. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: lala – Per capita, the excessive numbers are still way out of whack.
    If Canada's 58 were times 10 to equal the U.S. population, then that would equal 580 instead of 10,728. The kicker is that many U.S. states have stricter gun control laws than Canada does, and many of the 58 gun murders up north were from guns that were smuggled across the 49th.

  26. Blix says – reply to this


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    Re: rosebud99 – The logic of your argument is false/wrong. There are fewer guns and guns are less accessible in other countries, so naturally there will be fewer deaths by guns. You need to cite per capita murder rates to improve the strength of your argument. However, you will find there is evidence for and against your argument because socioeconomic and other factors like the effectiveness of local police and political climate are the main determinants of murder rates. Your faulty reasoning is failing to convince the "gun nuts" in your country and the smarter ones use your faulty syllogism to discredit your side of the argument and avoid a good rational debate that can actually achieve meaningful results. There certainly is an argument for limiting access to semiautomatic weapons with large (>6-10) capacity magazines might help reduce the extent of mass shootings.

  27. Blix says – reply to this


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    Re: Adrian – Problem is not that simple because of the difficulty of detecting , diagnosing and treating the mentally ill. It will always be the one that got away or refused/ avoided treatment that will commit these heinous acts. Yes mental healthcare should be improved…. But it is not going to be that magic bullet you hope it is going to be.