Bloomberg Calls for Better Gun Control After Theater Shooting

Mayor says President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney need to step up gun control plans

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    Mayor Bloomberg, who has advocated for stricter gun laws across the country, reacted to the shooting in Colorado on his weekly appearance on the John Gambling Radio show. (Published Friday, July 20, 2012)

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling on President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to respond to the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., by detailing their plans to improve gun control.

    Bloomberg said in his weekly WOR Radio appearance Friday that "soothing words are nice." But he said it's time to hear the presidential candidates "stand up and tell us what they're going to do about it."

    "If it was one of your kids yesterday in Aurora, maybe you'd stand up and say I'm not going to take this anymore," Bloomberg said.

    Bloomberg heads up a coalition of American mayors who support tighter gun control. The group has lobbied for stronger enforcement of existing laws meant to prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying weapons.

    Bloomberg says the attack in a suburban Denver movie theater is a reminder that gun violence isn't just an inner-city, big-city phenomenon.

    The National Rifle Association did not offer comment yesterday.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the community. NRA will not have any further comment until all the facts are known," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said in s statement.