Bloomberg: Arizona Tragedy Highlights Need To Stop Gun Violence

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A somber Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed a Brooklyn church Sunday morning, speaking about Saturday’s tragedy in Arizona and using the opportunity to reiterate his call against gun violence.

Bloomberg told the congregation at the Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men on East 31st Street that the shootings served as “terrible examples and a terrible reminder of the gun violence that happens every single day in our country.”

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“We don’t know all the facts in this case yet, but we do know that every single day, 34 Americans are murdered. Every single day. Yesterday it was Judge John Roll and five other Americans and many more across the 50 states. Tomorrow, there will be another 34,” he said.

With a stepped up security detail around him, Bloomberg told the congregation he walked into the church “with a heavy heart” and said a prayer for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition and in a medically induced coma after being shot in the head.

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The mayor said he would continue his efforts to cut down on the gun violence in America, which he said would continue unless people “get serious” about the issue.

“It is an uphill struggle, but if all of us join it, if all of us speak out, I believe we really can make a difference and save lives,” Bloomberg said.

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  • LOL over this

    If you want faith out of your face …you are in the wrong country…Although you sound like the type that preaches god is dead and the first to cry out ‘oh my god…Please, help me please ” when your butts in a sling. I bet you sleep with the lights on.

    • Rodin

      No, god never died because it never was. And your cry for help in times of trouble, “oh my god…Please, help me please,” is a ‘believer’s’ fantasy. Been there, NOT done that.

      Believe what you wish. It’s your right. Just…




  • steelers2011

    Its tragic that innocent people lost their lives and for gun control nuts to use this as a call for more gun laws is just as tragic. If these politicians want to live in an unarmed society except for of course their own personnel ontourage than they should move to N. Korea or canada or Austarlia or England or Iran or Germany. 80 million legal gun owners in the united states didnt murder anyone today.

    • John

      America is the only country in the world where people other than the police or military can own guns. The problem is that this all-pervasive gun culture means that not all guns that are out there are in the hands of law-abiding folks. If an argument goes awry, having a gun handy means someone dies needlessly. People like you have bought into the brainwashing by the NRA (a front for the gun companies who, of course, will lose if gun control is implemented) that you need guns. Really? So more innocents can be murdered?

      If the deranged or the criminally-minded do not have ready access to guns, it will make their task of killing others that much harder.

      • Rodin

        I don’t disagree with you but America (aka United Staes, America being a great deal larger) is also the only country on Earth where every government agency, state, county, city, town and village has a police force. Want to talk about “police states”?

        And it has the highest violent crime rate of any industrialized nation.

    • Rodin

      You’ve saddened me terribly, not because of your stand on Gun control, but because you epitomize American ignorance of the world outside “America.” You are our face to that world.

      How can anyone, half-informed, lump No. Korea and Iran with “Canada or Austarlia or England or Germany”? Have you ever been to any of these places? I bet not. Because the first thing one feels is a sense of safety, order … and sanity, especially in these..

      Does your measure of civility depend on packing a gun? Sad. I say that’s a barbaric notion. There’s reasons why “America” has the highest murder by fire arms rate of any industrialized nation. It also ranks 16th in education, far below all those wesytern countries you list.

      In political violence we rate almost up there with third world countries in conflict.

      My wife is Canadian. I AM moving to Canada, BTW, in October, NOT for political but for reasons of convenience. But, surely, American’s “right to bear arms is no incentive to stay.

      “80 million legal gun owners in the united states didn’t murder anyone today [sic].”

      WRONG! Most killing guns ARE “LEGALLY” BOUGHT and illegally used or distributed thanks to non-existing laws and controls and weak enforcement of what little we have.

      Blast away!

  • John V.

    My point is that even though one of the tacklers was armed, he chose not to use his weapon ! Thus”Gun Control”

    Second, I strongly believe that if most people were armed and presumed to be by others with bad intentions, then criminals would think once or twice before acting.

    Remember. criminals could care less about gun laws

    • Rodin

      You’re dreaming of gunslingers in the wild west. Do you really think anyone could have stopped this maniac once he got there or prevented further bloodshed by shooting it out with him?

      Faulty logic. Dream on!!!

  • John V.

    I think a fine example of gun control would be This:

    One of the people who tackeled this nut in Arizona was carrying a weapon at the time, and subdued this person without using the weapon he was carrying !

    • Rodin

      So, why was he carrying it? What’s the point? Neither of the two tacklers, the first a woman, had one or seemed to need a gun to do what was right and save lives.

      • Rodin

        It’s really simple, as you say. I quote::

        “Its really simple… RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS know WHEN and WHERE the USE of a FIREAM is WARRANTED. He had NO NEED to kill the man because he was ALREADY on the GROUND. and DISARMED..!!”

        Up to this point you’re alright.

        Then, “Grow up”, “the Bill of Right guarantees the right to KEEP and BEAR arms … PERIOD, if you don’t agree with that THANK God you are moving to Canada..!!”; the bluster, the capitalized ‘screams’, the insult, the careless orthographic errors.

        When you have no logical arguments and nothing positive or intelligent to contribute to discourse, you must resort to these. Life and civil society are about so much more than your precious ”right to KEEP and BEAR armsright to KEEP and BEAR arms” which places our country 2nd only to YEMEN in firearms per capita, a rank I would be embarrassed about.

        This is the very problem at hand but I guess you can’t get it.

        “When people ask me, an American expat, what it’s like living in Canada, I tell them, ‘It’s kind of like living in the States, if the States were on lithium.’ This is the price of living in the land of ‘Peace, Order and Good Government’ ,“ writes American expat author John Vaillant. I can move to Canada where there is no perceived constant need for a gun for personal safety. That’s my advantage.

        You can keep your gun in Tombstone. I’ll keep my sanity … and personal safety … in a civilized society, thank you.

      • D

        Its really simple… RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS know WHEN and WHERE the USE of a FIREAM is WARRANTED. He had NO NEED to kill the man because he was ALREADY on the GROUND. and DISARMED..!! Grow up, the Bill of Right guarantees the right to KEEP and BEAR arms… PERIOD, if you don’t agree with that then THANK God you are moving to Canada..!!

  • DanTe

    First off, if someone in that crowd of sheep had a gun, the rampage wouldn’t have been as extensive.

    Two: Why do libturds like you and Hitler just love to restrict gun ownership for civilians? Like the crooks are going to be concerned that owning guns is illegal – like it is for them right now. Does a pacified populace makes it easier for your agenda? Da Boots and Gas Ovens brings back tears of joy to your face?

    Now watch the dictatorial libturd fascist here in CBS (nathan and The Good Samaritan) censor the post pronto. Truths never quite agree with you T ARDS.

    • Rodin

      Don’t you ever get tired of rambling? Don’t you have anything productive to do?

      • DanTe

        Don’t you ever get tired of telling people who disagree with your stupidity to shut up? In the name of free speech, yes?

        Stick with one name, Rodin. Don’t be ashame. True, it’s associated with Stupidity, with a capital S. But it’s your name, no?

    • Rodin

      Why is it that those who can’t believe there’s more than two people who disagree with them always jump to the conclusion that one’s double-dipping?

      Why the insults?


      Over and out. Bedtime. Bye. Enough fun with you.

  • bernie

    Joe Blow vs. Rich or Famous = LO L? i doubt this is the sort of attention getting anyone would seriously consider funny or the need to capitalize upon. Dead is dead. Period.

  • Larry Schwarz

    Anyone selling a gun privately should be required to report the sale to the police who should run a background check and either approve or deny the sale,the same as legitimate gun sellers are required to do.If not the sale is deemed illegal and if used to commit a crime the seller should be held responsible as well in both civil and criminal court.

    • DanTe

      Hey stupid. They already do.

      Here’s an idea: Let’s make illegal guns illegal. Oh wait, that’s a redundancy – that you’re too stupid to have noticed.

      • Larry Schwarz

        If you want to disagree with me fine,but insulting me is improper and that is why a news station here in Salt Lake City has stopped personal comments.I will not lower myself and insult you back.WCBS,This is your fault.

      • Rodin

        Insulting is his ONLY recourse because he has no arguments. None of these people ever do. So…, what’s left them?

  • No LOL matter

    PS. Just seems like a lot of attention is given to gun control when someone rich and famous gets shot, as opposed to Joe Blow. My heart felt condolences go out to the families of those fallen soles in Arizona. I sincerely feel your loss. May they find rest before the presence of the almighty. Amen

    • Rodin

      Your “almighty” was taking a snooze.


  • LOL over this

    ERIC IN CT, Have you considered that if someone is deranged enough to kill, it wont stop him/her from killing if they don’t have a gun. Or are you thinking that these premeditated murderers will say “oh …I’m not going to kill Mr./Mrs — because I just can’t seem to get a hold of a gun.” Wake up ERIC…The bad guys will find away. If not a gun, then a knife. If not a knife then a club, If not a club ,etc…The gun law is there to keep citizens from exercising their right to bear arms. To protect the one most important possession, the life of your loved ones as well as your own. Bloomberg condones gun ownership if he has bodyguards who carry guns..This will become clear to you when they come knocking on your door in the middle of the night, to round you and your family up, saying its for your own protection, but then it will be too late. Learn a lesson from history. Support the NRA

    • Mark

      Concur. Gun Control is not the answer. This was a senseless tragedy, that might only have been minimally mitigated by gun control. Nevertheless, this senseless act calls for perspicacity and quicker intervention when someone is advocating violence, displays unusual behavior for the individual, or spouts rhetoric like taking matters in their own hands.

      Mental Illness is like AIDS, many folks avoid or want to shun those who are mentally ill or have emotional outbursts. We can’t and shouldn’t lock them up, if they are non-violent. We shouldn’t confine them to institutions, unless they are a danger to themselves or others (serious mental illness). In any case, that determination should be made by a >>>competent<<< mental health professional (i.e. a psychiatrist).

  • David Icke

    yeah, like i am going to listen to what a Reptilian has to say.

  • Eric in CT

    A handgun, with a 20 round magazine, is not a weapon for self-defense. There always have been and always will be killings, but making the best tools for doing so less available will save lives. Also, truly insane people need life-long care in protected environments. We used to call them asylums. We need to reopen at least some of the state hospitals and keep everyone, including the mentally ill, safer.

  • aldous huxley

    Any person who really believes that stronger gun control laws would have prevented this tragedy is a fool. It is like saying that the War On Drugs is stopping drug use.

    Any politician who uses this tragedy to push their gun control agenda is nothing but a piece of garbage.

    • Rodin

      Huxley would never agree. You dishonor his memory, his work and his name.

    • Rodin


  • James

    all Bloomberg’s gun control agenda does is make the law abiding citizens pay for the misdeeds of criminals.

  • Chris

    We need to stop All the Violent Acts With Severe Punishment THE DEATH PENALTY to many people are plea bargained down or released from prison on appeals or early parole also we have been closing institutions that used to hold the criminall…y insane and releasing into society. Outlawing the private ownership of firearms by law abiding US Citizens is not the answer. In NJ a man recently attacked two women with a axe and a knife if a neighbor had not intervened they would have been Killed. Just for an example two criminals ( Sisters ) who had Life Sentences were just released from prison in Alabama after inspiring rally cries of unjust punishment and an agreement that one donates a kidney to the other apparently it is saving the State of Alabama $ 200,000.00 Dollars a year

  • Hot Blooded

    If gun control is so great’ and NYC has the toughest gun control laws in this country,then why are there so many shootings in NYC??

  • Robert

    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Bloomberg has an armed security detail to save his ass on a daily basis. The rest of us must protect and defend ourselves.

    Sadly violence with or without guns will continue. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

  • nevada trust

    guns are definitely part of the problem, but there’s more to it. the shooter had a motive.

  • ryan

    If they take away the guns, what will the would be killers use to kill? Or would they just become friendly?

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