NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Mayor Bloomberg scolded the nation Tuesday for failing to take on the gun lobby to restrict weapons sales.
“This is just no courage on the part of Americans to stand up and say ‘Enough,’” Bloomberg said while joining members of Congress who support closing loopholes that allow criminals, drug abusers and the mentally ill to buy guns.
Legislation they proposed would strengthen reporting requirements on the National Instant Criminal Background Check system and impose penalties on states that fail to comply.
“We’re not interested in curtailing the rights of gun owners,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), but “felons should not have guns, drug abusers should not have guns.”
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-L.I.), whose husband was killed and son badly injured in a 1993 shooting spree on the Long Island Rail Road, said, “The American people have to back us up on this one.”
McCarthy has also proposed banning high-capacity magazines, such as the one used by Jared Lee Loughner in January to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and kill six others.
“Unfortunately, none of my Republican colleagues has signed onto this legislation,” McCarthy said.
The NRA has already blown off President Obama’s offer for a White House summit to come up with a “common sense” bipartisan position on gun control.