In an article in yesterday’s NY Daily News, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg called for stricter gun laws and essentially called out Washington for being less than effective in keeping illegal guns out of the hands of criminals. This article comes on the wake of 4 New York City police officers being shot while answering a call in which a man with a gun was holding his wife and child hostage in their apartment.
In the past four months alone, 8 officers have been shot and one was tragically killed. As Bloomberg points out, “It will happen again — and again — until those in Washington stop cowering before the gun lobby.”
I don’t agree on everything when it comes to Bloomberg but what he says here makes sense, especially when you consider that, “Every one of the criminals who has shot at our police officers possessed his gun illegally. Every one.”
As Strollerderby‘s Carolyn Castiglia covered a few weeks ago in her piece “Echoing NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Wise Words on Gun Control, Yes, Control“, this isn’t the first time Bloomberg has spoken out against gun laws:
“We should be perfectly clear about this — the gun lobby is writing our nation’s gun laws. It’s a disgrace. They write them in Washington. They write them in the state capitals. And the result is that our children are being killed. Our police officers are being killed. You and I and our families are in danger — in greater danger than we should be.”
This isn’t only New York’s problem. Every few days, it seems, you hear stories of teens getting shot, grandmothers or mother sitting outside their homes, or even young children being shot while paying on the playground in one of our cities cross the country. Isn’t it time that Washington do everything they can to put a stop to criminals getting their hands on guns?
Here’s what might be preventing that from happening, according to Bloomberg:
Across the country, more than 80% of gun owners support simple fixes to the background check system that would help stop the flow of guns to criminals. The ideologues who run the gun lobby don’t want us to know that, but it’s true.
Americans of both parties support common-sense steps that would save lives and protect our police. But the gun lobby doesn’t, and it has scared Washington silent.
Washington’s silence is a shameful betrayal of public trust. Federal law says that criminals cannot buy or possess guns — but they do, every day. And Washington just stands by as thousands of innocent Americans — and police officers — meet their death.
That includes the many mothers and children who will suffer, be injured or possibly lose their lives from illegal gun violence. It doesn’t seem like to much to ask, does it? To simply prevent criminals from getting guns? Shouldn’t everybody be rallying for that to happen?
I know that like with anything in Congress, it is all more complicated than it appears, but as a mother and a wife, I stand firm in the belief that it just shouldn’t be that difficult.
Whether you stand on the side of believing that guns should legal, or feeling they should be outlawed for use by the general public, can we at least start by agreeing that criminals should never have access to them and no one should ever be able to obtain a gun illegally? Or is this just a pipe dream in today’s world?
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