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NYC Mayor: Police Should Strike for Gun Control

July 24, 2012  | 

Screenshot: CNN
Screenshot: CNN

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg questioned why law enforcement officers don't go on strike because of the availability of high-powered rifle ammunition that defeats many ballistic vests.

Bloomberg, during an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday, said officers should go on strike until lawmakers pass tougher gun and ammunition control laws. The two discussed the July 20 Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting where a gunman killed 12 and wounded 58.

"I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say we're going to go on strike," Bloomberg said. "We're not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe."

Bloomberg, a longtime gun-control advocate, said he is frustrated with the availability of ammunition and firearm supplies.

"Police officers want to go home to their families. And we're doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor-piercing bullets," he added. "The only reason to have an armor-piercing bullet is to go through a bullet-resistant vest. The only people that wear bullet-resistant vests are our police officers."

View the CNN clip here.

Tags: Gun Control Advocacy, Body Armor, 2012 Aurora Shooting


Comments (110)

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Wild1 @ 7/24/2012 6:23 PM

Gee, I don't know, maybe because many Police Officers believe everyone should have a gune so they can pretect themselves. It's not as if there are many police officers out there nowadays so at least people could have a chance. Bad guys will have access to guns no matter what. It's the law abiding citizens that deserve relaxation of the second amendment. And what were the bandits in the LA bank robberies wearing again?

Upursbloom @ 7/24/2012 6:31 PM

Maybe because I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, which includes the second amendment of the Bill of Rights Mr. Mayor. That is why I don't strike but I do vote.

Bud @ 7/24/2012 6:32 PM

Let's see, Officers sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution should strike because the Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. Say, doesn't that dildo take a similar oath?

AreYouKiddingMe @ 7/24/2012 6:35 PM

Gee, why doesn't the military go on strike too because the Taliban has armor-piercing ammunition too? Seriously? The mayor is asking why we don't go on strike - because we agreed to support and defend our respective jurisdictions, that is why....

Martin @ 7/24/2012 6:37 PM

As a cop with twenty-seven years of experience, I think the NYPD officers should go on strike until such time as Bloomberg is GONE!

bldoink @ 7/24/2012 6:41 PM

What an idiot! Any centerfire rifle hunting ammunition will go through a bullet resistant vest. They are only designed to stop handgun rounds. Actually, I'm sure he knows that. It's all just propaganda. He isn't interested in the truth.

Copforlife @ 7/24/2012 6:42 PM

Those of us that chose this career did it not because we wanted to make a difference, not because of the money, but for the danger, the thrill, of catching bad guys bent on hurting others. The difference is seen in our action and not in the inaction of legislators. If we had to depend on our legislators to ensure our safety it would be a pretty sad event. They need to get the reality check....many, most don't represent the people they're supposed to represent.....but the party they are aligned with....everyone should carry a weapon to protect themselves....just hammer those that shouldn't be.

Morgs @ 7/24/2012 6:44 PM

WHAT A MORON!!!! Bloomberg, we've ALWAYS been outgunned, how about you issue AR-15's and let us ALMOST be on par with the criminals!!!!

judaysboss @ 7/24/2012 6:46 PM

Bloomberg continues to violate the dictum "Tis better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

Police Officer @ 7/24/2012 6:47 PM

I am a police officer and I would never risk the public's safety for ANY political reason like gun control. For the mayor of New York to suggest the police go on strike and not protect their public is VERY irresponsible. And furthermore most rifle rounds will penetrate body armor not just armor peircing, Most officers know the risks and the WANT to PROTECT the public out weigh any risk. Any mayor of any city that makes a statement that irresponsible needs to step down from PUBLIC office. The Government could outlaw all gun sale and the problem would not go away. Criminals have never followed law, that's why they are call criminals. Law abiding citizens are the ones that have background checks and waiting periods. Criminals have never had either and that will not change with any law people like the irresponsible mayor can come up with.

Brad @ 7/24/2012 6:50 PM

What an idiot.... the majority of rifle ammo, including hunting ammo will go right into and out of a vest.

Andy @ 7/24/2012 6:52 PM

All he is doing is jumping on the Dark Knight gun control bandwagon. Stricter gun control will not solve the problem. If people want something bad enough, they will find it, look at how well prohibition worked.

Doug @ 7/24/2012 6:56 PM

First of all the soft body armor is designed to stop common pistol bullets and most officers wear a vest that will stop the round they carry to help prevent them from being shot with their own weapon. Most rifle rounds use pointed bullets (where most postol bullets have a rounded shape, think of the eraser vs. the point of a pencil), which will tend to seperate the fibers of body armor. Maybe Bloomberg would like a ban on the other items than can go through an officer's vest - arrows, ice picks, knives, scissors, nails, pretty much anything that has a point to it.

Walkin trails @ 7/24/2012 7:04 PM

Gee, Mr. Mayor. Set an example for us. You should go and binge on sugary drinks until America is free from the scourge of guns. If the police go on strike, wouldn't that include your security element?

Joe @ 7/24/2012 7:06 PM

Besides the facts and opinions everyone has listed above police (in ny state) can not strike because of laws in place. Being the Mayor this dipshit should know that. Just shows more of his stupidity and consistant refusal to take a look at the real world and how it works

REH-Jr @ 7/24/2012 7:09 PM

We as police officers have to make our voices heard so we do not get "played" like we did in the 90's. Most cops do not favor gun control and we need to make that clear.

Mike @ 7/24/2012 7:10 PM

What a buffoon, gun and ammunition laws effect law abiding citizens not the criminals they should be targeting. Glad that at least one moron politician left Massachusetts, to bad we couldn't get a few more to leave.

Grog @ 7/24/2012 7:13 PM

Really? Go on strike? Wow. This guy is so out of touch with the officers who he is talking about... His stupidity is unreal. He is too lazy to walk down to his local precinct and actually ASK the cops what they really think of his "gun control" nonsense.

Det13558 @ 7/24/2012 7:15 PM

Maybe Bloomberg doesn't realize that police are prohibited by law from striking. Basically Bloomberg is asking all police officers across the nation to break the law. Not too bright of a politician.

Dan the Man @ 7/24/2012 7:16 PM

The point we are ALL MISSING is that New York City Emperor, Michael Bloomberg was voted into office by the New York voters; so what does that tell you about the entire voting population of New York....God help us.

BigDave @ 7/24/2012 7:19 PM

Maybe NYPD could go on strike until NYC gets a decent mayor who doesn't think he should tell everyone else how to run their lives.

Joe @ 7/24/2012 7:21 PM

People from NYC are a different breed. Just dont lump the entire state in with those morons. :-)

Kululu @ 7/24/2012 7:23 PM

It's called the 2nd Amendment and regardless of what the bad guys have we have always known that we will do the best with what we have.

JT @ 7/24/2012 7:23 PM

Another stupid idea from a very short sighted individual. I suppose he wants everyone to just disregard the second ammendment. I am so happy I do not live in NYC.

Rojo @ 7/24/2012 7:27 PM

This guy is a total douche bag. First off, armour peircing rounds? Any rifle round will go thru an officers vest, with the excepting of most swat or tac team vests. Im a hunter, shooter, and gun owner. I do not want my 2nd admendment rights taken away because some nut lost his mind, and a douche of a major thinks that will keep cops safe. How bout we put away bad guys instead of letting them out of prison early only to commit more crime. Regardless of his views, none of them could have prevented that tragedy. All I have to say, is Bloomberg can go F himself, and his views.

Undertaker @ 7/24/2012 7:35 PM

What a dud. 33 years law enforcement and that is the most anal statement I ever heard from the mayor of a city. What rock did he crawl out from under.

Spence @ 7/24/2012 7:36 PM

Mayor, there is a law (Taylor) that prohibits strikes by Police Officers

in NY. I can't understand why Mayor Bloomberg incourages his Police Department to "break" the law, except he knows that, if there are more Gun Control Laws, he believes, apparently, that all the Criminals are going to turn in their guns immediately and there will be no more violent crime. He is nothing more than a gun grabbing Progressive, living in a dream world. Take the ammunition too! Just think, the Criminals won't be able to get Ammo for their guns either. right? This man is NUTS! Hopefully he will be voted out of office soon. By the way Mayor, over 7 million gun owners didn't shoot anyone today or yesterday either!

Spence

Mark Krueger @ 7/24/2012 7:50 PM

Ther is NO gun violence in New York. How can there be, guns are not permitted. This mayor is a fascist and would take your guns away, bu, of course, would keep them for his minions to control YOU. Beware his ilk.

Dan the Man @ 7/24/2012 7:52 PM

I'll add that not only can Bloomberg go F himself, but also ANYONE who wants to abolish our 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights.

eholder @ 7/24/2012 7:53 PM

Real stupid comment by a "Rich Guy" who is obviously out of touch with everyday life..... How could New York City elect this guy to run their city? Oh, maybe they are all like him.......

Erica Holdery @ 7/24/2012 7:55 PM

Why do we elect such ignorant people ? Why? Doesn't make sense....oh ya, it's New York. Send Bloombergy Boy to Penn State.... he could lead the new wave at Penn State.....

Thomas @ 7/24/2012 7:59 PM

Seriously.... Clueless!! First its illegal for Police Officers to strike, duh! Secondly most police officers support responsible gun ownership. Third... Really do you think making gun control takes guns out of the criminals hand, check with your ATF- one of your big gun runners for the Cartels were being home manufactured, idiot... I suppose "Fire" will be next as thats also a method of killing, see your Mexico Cartel clients if you doubt my words.... Perhaps you should go get a big gulp sit back and get a glimpse of reality my friend... Control is not the answer!!! Socialist freak!

Tom Ret @ 7/24/2012 8:00 PM

The cops, including us retired folks, need to boycott all idiot politicians like Bloomberg. A lot of these same bozos who think they are protecting cops by outlawing guns for the common citizen in turn are against the death penalty for cop killers. They need to get their head out of their ass quite frankly and quit trying to speak for all cops. Bloomberg should stick with other important matters like big gulp legislation.

officer 203 @ 7/24/2012 8:02 PM

really...we uphold the protection from goverment too. its called rights mr. NY city. fn a hole!!

Goldwing @ 7/24/2012 8:11 PM

To all current serving LEO and retired. Thank you for standing up for the law abiding citizen who want nothing more than peace. I'm pleased to see by the many comments posted here you understand the right of the people and the Oath you swore to. God bless and go home every night to your family in peace.

Mike Brandon @ 7/24/2012 8:26 PM

As a 30 year LEO, it gripes me to no end that gutless politicians are always grandstanding for the liberal agenda bs. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and to serve and protect the public. Mayor Bloomberg needs to come down from his ivory tower and spend some time on the street with the cops and maybe he may see what real life is all about.

Tom Ret @ 7/24/2012 8:32 PM

If Bloomberg wanted to make the job safer for cops then he should support amending Tennessee vs Garner and let cops shoot fleeing felons again. Crime will go down overnight.

Deputy KY @ 7/24/2012 8:40 PM

What stupid moron, As a 35 year serving LEO I believe in the 2nd amendment. I also know any rifle but will go through a ballistic vest, maybe this dumbass mayor should go back to trying to control what people eat as well as how much solf drinks they can buy to drink. And last I am not going to break the law for this asshole by striking and not doing my job of being their for the people I serve

John @ 7/24/2012 8:46 PM

Former President Bush signed a law which allows certain retired LEO's to legally carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the US, except where signs are posted on property prohibiting weapons. This should be changed so retired LEO's can carry in these areas also. What good does your weapon do if you have to leave it in the car or at home? We should be able to carry it where criminals might be.

Mark @ 7/24/2012 8:48 PM

Why is it every time this guy opens his mouth, something stupid comes out?

Dennis @ 7/24/2012 9:01 PM

I can only echo what many of you have already said! Another out of touch politican who has no clue about what most hunting ammo will do to a ballistic vest or the feelings of real street cops. With almost 41 years of Law Enforcement experience I hope future cops feel as strongly about the constitution as those of you expressing your thoughts

John @ 7/24/2012 9:07 PM

I can't tell you how relieved I am to see that so many fellow LEOs feel the same towards our 2nd Amendment right. Our laws haven't kept Cocaine and Meth off the streets, and neither will gun laws. Criminals who contemplate committing a murder are not going to fret on whether or not they are breaking a gun law, and they'll be able to get guns on any corner, just like drugs. What gun laws do is keep guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Anyone who truly loves their 2nd Amendment right should be an NRA member. For all their faults, they are still our greatest hope at protecting the 2nd.

george @ 7/24/2012 9:12 PM

Mayor Bloomberg also recommended that the city ban all 16oz sodas and drinks with sugar in them. I think the Mayor got too drunk and walked into a telephone pole and hit his head. If the NYPD goes on strike that's going to be an invitation for all the crazies with guns to go on shooting sprees because they know that there won't be any cops on duty. Also, we don't need tough gun and ammunition control laws we need to get all assault rifles off the streets and destroy them. We also need to REQUIRE anyone who wants a rifle or automatic rifle to apply for a license by the ATF and be required to go through training, psychological, fingerprints and register the weapon with local law enforcement and register the serial number with the ATF, FBI and DEA. Gun control laws were establised to make it harder for law bidding citizens to get a gun to protect themselves. I have to wait 6 months before I even get the license and I have to pay $105.00, but there are people who are getting AK-47s at the age of 17-30 without waiting 6 months and buying the gun for $200 and killing innocent people.

Billy @ 7/24/2012 9:12 PM

I just looked down thru the 42 responses to what this idiot Bloomberg said and not a one is in agreement with him. The man just put his mind into gear before firing up his mouth!

john @ 7/24/2012 9:14 PM

Here's an idea- Let's make New York City a separate country. Don't let any of these morons that elected Bloomberg leave their cherished Big Apple. Don't punish the other people from the rest of New York State, they did not elect this blithering idiot. That would also take care of moving the United Nations out of the U.S. They all deserve each other.

John @ 7/24/2012 9:26 PM

@ George, that's just stupid. So a semi automatic that is called an "assault" rifle is more dangerous than a semi auto hunter like the RUGER ALL-WEATHER RANCH RIFLE, or would you do away with it, too? Edward Charles Allaway killed 7 people with a rifle at Cal State, and could've killed more had he wanted to. There are countless examples. Put it this way, there are more assault rifles in this country that DID NOT kill anyone last year (percentage wise) than the percentage of cars and drunk drivers that did. Analyzing the data would lead any reasonable person to conclude that drunk drivers are FAR more (exponentially for sure) dangerous to the public than assault rifles have ever been. So ask yourself why, then, the push to consume so much taxpayer time and money to control something, as the left would like to control guns??? Which ironically infringes on a Constitutional right, whereas drunk driving is not. Why not, if we REALLY cared so much about senseless killings, do we not make drunk driving a much more severely punishable offense???

If you start drawing a line, they'll be sure to cross it and keep moving it further and further away from our rights. Don't give in, not an inch! And as I posted previously, if you are a true believer in your 2nd Amendment rights, you really must join and support then NRA; no one is fighting as hard for our rights as they are, even if they do have a couple of misses, there's no better voice for gun rights advocates.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/24/2012 9:45 PM

Politicians have got to learn to stay out of politics. There is a perfect gun control solution it's 100% consitutional and it's exactly what the framers had in mind. And it fits the NRA Matra. Anybody can have any guns they want so long as commercial bullets are illegal and can no longer be manufactured, no commercial bullet making equipment can be used, possessed or sold. Everyone who owns a gun makes their own bullets with exactly the raw materials they had in 1770. Flitlock hardball no casings no jackets and black powder none of that safety powder for the NRA. This works constitutionally and it is exactly the weapons the founding fathers meant. So full auto, semi-auto, single shot doesn't matter make your own damn bullets. 100% NRA ruled 100% constitutional "the perfect solution".

TripWire @ 7/24/2012 9:47 PM

@George,
I don't know about other Leo's on this site, but I have never seen an "assault rifle" on the street anywhere. "Assault rifles" are already heavily regulated, prohibitively expensive and hard to find. Automatic rifles are "assault rifles" and as such already require a special license from the ATF, so I am really at a loss as to what your point was. Spewing main stream media talking points is not going to win you any friends here because most of us actually know this stuff.

Bob@Az. @ 7/24/2012 10:32 PM

Ok, out of 48 comments we have two asswipes, George & Ima who are clearly not LEOs. I personally own two "assault rifles" First is my 1917 Springfield 30-06 and my British Enfield .303. If you also consider my Hawken .50 black powder then that makes three. These idiot pols just don't comprehend anything outside of their little "kingdoms". Asking LEOs to strike is against all we've sworn to protect and should never even cross the mind of an office holder of any level. Vote these assholes out and elect true Americans in. Stay safe.

DEADMAN @ 7/24/2012 11:14 PM

The billionaire is just spouting off for his buddy obama so he doesn't have to get on his soapbox and make enemies of people who support the second amendment,i'll bet his pd chief just shakes his head up and down to protect his political jobWhat these liberals don't understand is that most cops and sheriffs love guns,some of you have four,one on the hip,one on the ankle,a shotgun in the rack and an assault rifle in the trunk,can't you find a little more room for a fifth.It's nice to know,we're all on the same page.Happy Thoght For The Day---I believe bloomburg is bound by term limits and must step down soon---not soon enough but soon.

Tschako @ 7/24/2012 11:17 PM

As usual, this leader of the progressive/liberal agenda follows their dictum: "Let no tragedy go unused for our mission"

DEADMAN @ 7/24/2012 11:25 PM

You know what makes me really sick?Seeing a police department displaying the guns they bought back from WWll veterans widows or family members and you see WWll Thompsons and BARs,MP 40s,Garands M14s in perfect condition going off to the steel mill to be melted down when they could be sold to collectors and bring the citys large sums of money.A Vintage Thompson would bring in $15,000--$20,000,What a godawful shame.
I don't have a problem with turning in a crap gun but some of the guns saw battle,they're vintage,they're antiques,they have history,they have a story to tell.

ROB ROY SELF @ 7/24/2012 11:31 PM

How did this ILLOGICAL, INCOMPETENT, IRRESPONSIBLE, LIBERAL, MORAN, get ellected to the largest city in america. Him and the rest of his elk need to be IMPEACHED!!!!!

Dan@Va @ 7/25/2012 1:18 AM

Thank you Tripwire and Bob@Az you both said just exactly what I was thinking. I have been a security contractor for over 20 years and worked with LEOs at every level of Govt. from small town to big city to federal and have only ever run into one cop who was vohemetly anti-gun. I live in a very rural area now and I have cops I know who have asked if I would be willing to back them up if they have to go "Back in the Holler" where sometimes they don't even have radio or cell service to call the dept. for back-up.

If you want to outlaw our firearms and ammunition to stop crime then we will need to add some things to the list!

Knives.

Louiseville Sluggers.

Rolling pins.

Cars/Trucks.

Alcoholic beverages of any kind.

Cast Iron fry pans.

Screw Drivers and nail guns.

Knitting needles.

Folding steel chairs and ladders(How many pro wrestlers have fallen to the deadly weapons?)

Oh yeah, I almost forgot;

Idiots and morons!

Remember Train, Train, Train and when you are done training Train some more! Stay safe brothers and WY6

Dan@Va @ 7/25/2012 1:24 AM

By the way Rob Roy, He got elected again by petitioning the City Council and convincing them to change the law and removing the two term limit allowing him to run a third time oh and he spent somewhere north of 20 million dollars of his own money in addition to campaign contributions of an undisclosed amount. So the truth is he didn't really get elected the third time, it would appear that he bought the seat!

Jay @ 7/25/2012 2:18 AM

Nice try Bloomberg, use the police officers for your political garbage. I'm a cop and people should be able to protect themselves. It's the bad guys buying guns and ammo illegally I'm worried about.

Jay @ 7/25/2012 2:22 AM

We should strike every time labor and pension negotiations come up, thats when we should strike......

Frank @ 7/25/2012 3:35 AM

Hey Moron! Did you ever hear of the 2nd Amendment? First lets take the firearms away from your Security Team. Secondly, you should clean-up that hole you live in. How' s the crime, drugs and homeless doing in NYC? Don't worry about the USA. Why the good people of NYC ever voted you in is beyond me. You can't even handle a snowstorm in your city.

Jerry Webb @ 7/25/2012 4:02 AM

I have been a police officer 27 years a a patrol officer and another 5 as a corrections training officer. Maybe we don't go on strike because, like Mayor Bloomberg, we took an oath to defend the constitution of the United States of America, which the 2nd ammendment states that congress will make no law to infringe our rights to defend ourselves. This right has been supproted by the Supreme Court in the last several years in the McDonald and Heller decisions and will again in another Chicago based case in the near future.

Michael Bray @ 7/25/2012 4:06 AM

Gee, Mayor Bloomberg is an idiot! He won't be happy until there are NO guns in America.

jGreg @ 7/25/2012 4:14 AM

Notice how many Chiefs of Police go along with the Bloomy...and they're represented as regular officers vs. politicians. As Bugs Bunny says, "What a maroon".

SR @ 7/25/2012 4:35 AM

I want to Thank all the Officers for your valuable Service and also want to Thank You for upholding your Oath and support for our Constitution. Bloomberg is obviously on some medications that altered his mind. Thank you again and I stand with all of you who will continue to Honor the Oath you took.

UncleMike @ 7/25/2012 4:52 AM

When I retired from the PD sixteen years ago I thought I'd heard just about every stupid comment that a Politician could make.

I was wrong! Bloomberg and others keep coming up with new, and innovative, ways to lie to, cheat, steal from, from the American People.

D. Elliott @ 7/25/2012 5:17 AM

I was going to comment, but EVERYONE HAS ALREADY SAID IT! I am sick and tired of these talking heads speaking for us. Bloomberg is part of the problem.

Phil Werkmeister @ 7/25/2012 5:19 AM

I'm a retired Cop, too, with 34 years on the street. I've read all these comments, and I'd like to say, with the exception of just a couple folks, I'm PROUD OF YOU GUYS! Apparently, most of us DO keep our Oaths in mind. And yea, I think Mayor Bloomberg is an IDIOT!!

Retired Sgt.CPD @ 7/25/2012 5:25 AM

Another Elitist Moron who goes nowhere without armed guards! Then again, this guy is so arrogant that he changed the law so that he could remain in power for another term. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW FOR POLICE TO STRIKE IN MOST STATES! DO WE NOW GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE THE LAW WE FAVOR AND ONLY OBEY THOSE?

Retired Sgt.CPD @ 7/25/2012 5:30 AM

I never thought in my life that I would agree with a Gangsta Rapper, but now I must. The other day in London, Rapper Ice Tea stated that the 2 nd Amendment was in place as the last defense against tyranny. He then went on to say some stupid shit about America being built on "Stolen Land"; but the gist of what he said was correct. Now I must add in addition to "Tyranny", Stupidity as in the case of Bloomie.

Pat D @ 7/25/2012 5:33 AM

This has to be one of the most ignorant statements made by a politician in history. Bloom(ing idiot)berg has no idea that most police officers are fully in support of the 2nd Amendment. He totally misreads what police officers are all about.

Donnie @ 7/25/2012 5:41 AM

I was called by a local news station last week, and asked to do an interview after the Aurora shooting in regards to concealed carry and gun control. Here's the interview:

http://wqad.com/2012/07/20/co-shooting-prompts-new-call-for-concealed-carry-in-illinois/

Zarr @ 7/25/2012 5:50 AM

It is really a shame that he believes that more gun control will stop the killing of our children by firearms. I have been in Law Enforcement now for 25+ years and I can honestly say that 80% of all firearms used in a crime was not obtained legally. So please tell me how is having more gun control going to stop the killing of our children by firearms? 

I believe if u remove the firearms from the law-abiding citizen, the ones who are responsible gun owners u allow the criminals the ability to control our streets and to kill at will due to the fact they know no one can stop them because no one but them will be armed. 

Please do not threw the argument in about how the police will protect u. 70% of all police work is reactionary and not proaction. In other words by the time the police get involved the crime has already occurred and we are left with picking up the bodies and writing the reports. 

It is ur responsibility to protect yourselves and not rely on the police being there in time to save your butt. I know for a fact if the criminals think you are armed they will leave you alone and go to a target that they think is unarmed. So I believe taking the firearms away from the law abiding citizens is the wrong way to go about the issue. As for me I will always be armed and will use my weapon to shoot your ass if u try to harm my family and/or me.

Greg M @ 7/25/2012 5:57 AM

Mr. Mayor, why can't you accept that there are already enough "gun" laws in this country? No matter what the law is, there will still be people that commit crimes and do evil things. Please read this: "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, the police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" Adolf Hitler-1935. This is exactly what the UN is trying to do right now on a global stage! I am an American and I will not allow you or the UN cronies to destroy our constitution.

Steve @ 7/25/2012 6:22 AM

Every time a population has been disarmed, genocide has followed. History is clear on this fact. Bloomberg is not clueless, he is culpable and should be fired on the spot.

Sky @ 7/25/2012 6:25 AM

It is beyond reason for Mr. Bloom to advocate LEO's strike for such a cause. One of the things we LEO's do is to uphold the US Constitution. If he doesn't agree with US constitution perhaps he should re-locate to Venezuela or North Korea or Syria or Iran or a host of other safe places (it's a joke guys/gals). Maybe their Constitutions are more in line with what he believes. He probably has an Executive Protection team assigned to him and maybe he even has a CCW (because he is above the law) and a Mayor can have whatever he or she wants. Unfortunately there are alot of citizens in our great USA who are not LEO's and are not Nuts who are trained and who may have been a dead or alive hero in Aurora if they'd been armed. At least to slow the murderer down or nutralize him until help arrived. BTW if Mr. Bloom really wants to make an impact and is looking for a cause why not start a movement to have the UN moved to one of those other safe countries or to an Island. Maybe they will pay their parking tickets and exercise their diplomatic immunity to protect them from their next revolution. Nuff said.

Rob in FL @ 7/25/2012 6:26 AM

Looks like Mayor Bloomberg's idea is not very popular with the rank-and-file officers. Gee, what a surprise! Well, he lives in his world and we live in the real world, where we know that if people actually obeyed the existing gun control laws, we'd all have to seek other employment. Bloomberg can't really be stupid enough to belief that the solution to people breaking the law is to pass more laws. The politician in him just let his mouth get ahead of his brain.

Nick @ 7/25/2012 6:36 AM

If he'll forgo the bodyguards he has as mayor and walk around like the rest of us I give it more credence.

Steve @ 7/25/2012 6:44 AM

Here you go Mayor!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iDivHkQ2GSg#!

Roaddog0255 @ 7/25/2012 7:03 AM

Many, or all, seem to be forgetting the obvious. We are Police Officers, we are not legally allowed to strike! Another businessman/politician who doesn't get it!

Juan 10-13 @ 7/25/2012 7:24 AM

He bites big time...and oh yes he did BUY his additional term!!!! : (

James Bullock @ 7/25/2012 7:24 AM

Well Mr. Bloomberg. I have been a Police Officer for 31 years and a Chief of Police for the last 17 years. Why is it that all of you politicians want to exploit someones tradgedy to further your political dreams? What if the idiot in Aurora would have driven a Chevy truck into a crowd of people? Would you be so stupid that you would ask that all Chevy trucks be banned? How can people with as little common sense as you have ever get elected to be anything? I know if I was from NYC I certainly would never have voted for you just like I did not vote for our so called president. The 2nd Amendment was put in place for our protection.

Paul @ 7/25/2012 7:39 AM

Bloomberg has been carrying on for years about gun control. NYC has among the most restrictive gun control laws in the country, how's that working for you Mr. Mayor?

Sarge64 @ 7/25/2012 7:40 AM

What an idiot!

By his logic then, every person that drives an automobile should go on strike (for lack of a better term) against the beer companies because they could get in a crash with a drunk driver.

Bloomberg is a pathetic joke that sticks his nose to places he has no right being.

Ron @ 7/25/2012 8:03 AM

I find it bizarre that the executive of a city would be encouraging workers to go on strike. The Mayor is not part of the bargaining unit and is not a union member by virtue of his position as Mayor. He does not have the right otr authority to call the bargaining unit to strike.

Charles Rutta @ 7/25/2012 8:17 AM

The 2nd ammendant insures the right to be armed, not just to protect our families and our communities from criminals, etc but to allow us to protect ourselves against a government gone tyranical, ie, as represented by the Bloombergs of the world.

Tinman @ 7/25/2012 8:27 AM

Here's a novel idea Mayor: How about when we arrest them, they get convicted and sentenced, they carry out the full sentence? 25 to life means that! Death penalty means DEATH not 30 years on death row and 30 appeals. We'll do our job getting them off the streets, you do your job and keep them off the street.

Bruce Furr @ 7/25/2012 9:04 AM

First of all, I am not and never have been a LEO, nor was I ever in the military. I just read most of the posts replying to Bloomberg,s comments. I don't think I can find the best way to tell those of you who posted reply's how deeply appreciative I am on your dedication to your country and community. I am a FFL dealer, teach combat pistols and conduct concealed carry classes here in Northern Virginia. I have seen an increasing desire by the local citizenry to obtain a self-defesne firearm and learn how to use it. Women especially have been seeking out proper firearms and getting the training on who to safely own and handle them. For the first time in my life (I am 72) I am afraid of my own federal government. I am more and more convinced that for our country to survive we must vote out office these egotistic, pompous, arrogant politicians who want to control every aspect of out lives. They know they can't do that with an armed citizenry who would resist such tyrannical intent. Reading the above posts reiterating the LEO community's reverence for our constitution and 2nd amendment rights has touched me deeply. I have many customers who are in the military and by and large they share the same sentiments. Please stay safe and when and if our country and communities suffer from severe societal breakdown please remember we are your neighbors, friends, relatives and will support you and stand by you in your efforts to prevent tyranny and political oppression.

jbfurr @ 7/25/2012 9:16 AM

Please forgive the typos in my previous post. I should have proofread the reply before I submitted it. Bruce Furr

DPB @ 7/25/2012 9:27 AM

"Colorado is a concealed-carry state ... but so was Virginia when a college campus there was racked by violence. Like the school, the theater chain was also 'gun-free.' In December 2007, two church members were shot to death and three others injured after a gunman opened fire outside the New Life Church in Colorado Springs as Sunday services were wrapping up. That tragedy could have been much worse, but the gunman was shot by a church security officer and was found dead when police arrived at the scene. On April 22 of this year a just-released felon went to the New Destiny Christian Church in Aurora, Colo., and killed the mother of Pastor Delano Strahan before being killed himself by a congregant carrying a gun. Unlike the tragedies at Columbine High School and the movie theatre in Aurora, there was someone at these venues willing and able to shoot back. ... The similarities between Aurora and the Virginia Tech massacre are eerie and maddening.

DPB @ 7/25/2012 9:28 AM

continued:

In 2006, a Virginia Tech student was disciplined for carrying a gun on campus, despite having a permit. School officials were quick to note their school was a 'gun-free zone.' On April 16, 2007, there was no one able to shoot back when Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death on a Virginia Tech campus. ... Few Americans are aware that in an October 1997 shooting spree at a Pearl, Miss., high school that left two students dead, assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a gun from his car and immobilized the shooter until police arrived, preventing further killings. Or, in another school shooting in January 2002 at the Appalachian School of Law in Virginia, a disgruntled former student killed Law Dean L. Anthony Sutin, associate professor Thomas Blackwell and a student. Two of the three Virginia law students who overpowered the gunman were armed, preventing further deaths. In February 2007, at a Salt Lake City mall, armed off-duty police officer Ken Hammond killed a young Muslim named Sulejman Talovic after he had killed five peo

Bill @ 7/25/2012 9:43 AM

I have 35 years behind me and this idiot continues to amaze me. Can y'all say NRA. I am amazed that we all are not members.

Tom Ret @ 7/25/2012 9:58 AM

All readers, cops or anyone who values their 2nd amendment rights, should be on guard that if politicians like Bloomberg can't get an outright gun ban they are likely to back door their effort by putting forth legislation for restrictions or extreme tax on ammunition.

Jason Barnes @ 7/25/2012 11:29 AM

Bloomberg's war on soda pop almost makes people forget his war on 2nd Amendment rights. What a dishonest piece of garbage is Bloomberg!

Jason Barnes @ 7/25/2012 11:30 AM

Bloomberg is a rabid 2nd Amendment hater. I wish he would stick to trying to ban soft drinks instead.

Fed Cop @ 7/25/2012 11:41 AM

Let's see, ban all assault rifles and assault handguns (or any ugly gun) becuase of the highpower ammo. OK, let's think this out. This weapons use Nato 7.62mm, 5.56mm, 7.62x39, and 7.62x54. What about the 7mm Winchester Mag? What about the .300 Winchester Mag, the 30-30, the 444 Marlin,...? The list goes on. They can defeat body armor. How about .44 Mag for pistols? With Bloomberg's logic, ALL guns will need to be banned. Maybe NY needs to do it first. Opps, I forgot, they already do, and it's not working. Maybe they need to follow Chicago's model. Opps, that's not working either.

David B @ 7/25/2012 12:27 PM

I want to express my appreciation to all the LEOs present and past for their views on upholding the Constitution, as expressed in these posts. It makes me feel secure knowing that our police will not just blindly follow any would-be tyrant. Remember this guys, there are 22 million of us vets that took "The Oath" that are with you 100%. That oath was for life with no expiration date. We will always be with you. Thanks again

westcoastleo @ 7/25/2012 1:26 PM

Bloomberg is not and never will be a friend of any law enforcement unit in this country. He is a discusting, louzy crooked, oneway, political punk who lies along with his punk pals Feinstein and Boxer. Mr. Bloomberg, I just want you to know if you read this, No one in local law enforcement cares what you think or what you say along with your pals. You are not a leader and you could not lead a troop of cubscouts out of a child molester's tent. If law enforcement officers ever strike, it would be for you and your pals to vacate your offices for a better kind of mayor or California Sens. Thank You,, From a LEO and gun owner, on the West Coast with 32 years on the job.

BW @ 7/25/2012 1:58 PM

Go on strike? Hasn't anyone seen Robocop?

Brad @ 7/25/2012 2:53 PM

Thank all of you for your service, I'm not a law officer. I think you all are great men to uphold the Constitution and take the risks you take. God Bless you all.

hank hill @ 7/25/2012 3:07 PM

man lost it long ago! this proves it! get rid of him asap!

John Russell @ 7/25/2012 4:00 PM

What a PATHETIC EXCUSE for a Mayor ---Gladly pay for round trip for him all expenses paid to IRAN ro maybe SYRIA to let them know his position on GUn Control >>>ahhhhhhh..guess I will not have to wrry too much about expenses or the return trip fee ha ha ha/! Oh Blooberg do not foret the BEANIE ie Yamiaka....?

Ordinary Joe @ 7/25/2012 6:38 PM

Please remember that Bloomberg is used to working with police chiefs throughout the US who are members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). They willingly tout the gun control mantra. They are receive grants from and have partnered with the Joyce Foundation. It is anti-gun all the way for them. That is why he thinks the rank and file cops are on board as well.

Having been in military/law enforcement for 37 years (still active), I am counting on my fellow brothers and sisters to honor their oath regardless of what the "chief" may want. Let's not have another New Orleans (Katrina) incident again. I would rather side with the citizens than with a blow hard like Bloomberg.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/26/2012 1:11 AM

I don't know who's scarier the general public or the cops on here.

BULLITT4193 @ 7/26/2012 4:36 AM

There are over 20,000 gun laws on the books - maybe if those already existing were ENFORCED by the courts, instead of just wanting to add more, there might be a slight decrease in firearm crimes. Oh, yeah, start executing the violent crime offenders such as murder, rape, armed robbery, assault & battery, kidnapping, child molestation, again a small decrease in the commission of those crimes will occur.

How about a group of law enforcement asking for bans and extreme legislative restrictions on baseball bats, knives/machetes/swords, and some extreme restrictions on the Driving license for automobiles? Enough people are killed daily with those items.

Dep Sheriff @ 7/26/2012 9:47 AM

After Obama's speech yesterday (7/25/12), any bets he by-passes congress and writes an Executive Order banning all "assault rifles" and mail order ammo. He's already said (on record) he doesn't need congress to do what he wants.

Fed Cop @ 7/26/2012 9:53 AM

I think the government needs to ban all Ford F-150 Crew Cab pick up trucks. Where is the outrage when 11 people were killed and 12 injured when a Ford F-150 crashed in to a tree????? I think F-150's and all Tour Buses need to be banned. They also need to ban all chemicals that were in Holmes' apartment. He made a WMD out of them.

Norman Duncan @ 7/26/2012 10:55 AM

I am frustrated with supposed to be leaders bashing hard working American Citizens for owning a gun. I own several guns and I am not a criminal.Any elected individual that is supposed to uphold the laws and the constitution of America, that uses their position to try to take away any of our rights, should be releaved from their postion immediately. I support the right to keep and bear arms.

Bob@Az. @ 7/26/2012 11:33 AM

Ima. If this site scares you then save all of us your moronic comments. I for one am tired of the feeds from sheep who run and hide at the first sign of danger. Who do you think is covering your cowardly ass?

Kathy Brown @ 7/26/2012 4:08 PM

So is he going to bullet-proof the officers' heads from non-high velocity rounds? How about upgrading police armor to dragonskin (or something like that), that's the only pratical answer. We don't strike, Mr. Bloomberg, because we have honor and pride, and you just wouldn't understand that.

250sam @ 7/27/2012 5:04 AM

You've all got it all wrong. NY police should strike, the armed security and armed driver for the Wall street inside obscenely wealthy trader who could purchase his and his cronies jobs. Remove Bloomberg's armored car, and other vehicles let him take public transportation and then announce in the media and hand outs his home address, his kids schools and wife's hairdresser. See how happy he would be without a gun and 6000 rounds of ammo.

ExpertMarksman @ 7/28/2012 5:39 PM

Bloomberg didn't want the theater massacre to go to waste the way his brain has. Even if the theater shooter had ballistic armor that would have stopped 10 .45 rounds (figure ft lbs energy X 10) where would he be? Knocked flat on the floor trying to breath. I'd have another 10 rounds ready to go as I ran up to put a boot on his neck. Oh, too bad--the theater had a little sign in the window--no guns.
Didn't stop the shooter--What a Suprise! I'm definitly packing for the next movie I attend.

HSI @ 7/30/2012 10:17 AM

Sir;
I am X military. My grand parents came to this country from Europe. They came here because of oppression from their political leaders. I firmly believe that if you have to have a license to drive a car, you should have to have a license to carry a gun.
But the politicians are afraid that they will get it wrong, someone will slip through the cracks and cause terrible carnage(sound famuliar).
When we allow the the politicians to say we cannot carry or own the guns we want, then that is the beginning of the end. The price of freedom is not cheep. I swore my oath and defended the constitution. I don't know why politicians want to legislate their opinions on us. Lets teach all americans gun safety, gun responsibility, and how to properly carry a gun. If we do then the recent shootings would not have been as bad. OOps isn't that the sama as taking guns away.
I advise the mayor to first learn what he is talking about before he abandon's the oath of office to defend and protect the constitution.

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