Bloomberg on National Rifle Association Press Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 21, 2012

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION
PRESS CONFERENCE

“The NRA’s Washington leadership has long been out of step with its
members, and never has that been so apparent as this morning. Their
press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our
country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped
create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous
and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe.
Leadership is about taking responsibility, especially in times of
crisis. Today the NRA’s lobbyists blamed everyone but themselves for
the crisis of gun violence. While they promote armed guards, they
continue to oppose the most basic and common sense steps we can take
to save lives – not only in schools, but in our movie theaters, malls,
and streets. Enough. As a country, we must rise above special interest
politics. Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns. That’s why
74 percent of NRA members support common sense restrictions like
criminal background checks for anyone buying a gun. It is time for
Americans who care about theSecond Amendment and reasonable gun
restrictions to join together to work with the President and Congress
to stop the gun violence in this country. Demand a plan.”

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