New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is condemning Tea Party Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) for suggesting on Friday that the Colorado theater massacre could have been prevented if moviegoers had been armed.
“It does make me wonder, you know, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying? That could have stopped this guy more quickly?” Gohmert said in an interview on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live.” During a taping for CBS’s Face the Nation, Bloomberg — a gun control advocate — shot down the comments:
“You know, to arm everybody and have the Wild West all the time is one of the more nonsensical things you can say,” Bloomberg said, according to an excerpt released by CBS. “I don’t know what [Gohmert’s] motives are, I don’t know him and I’m not here to impugn him or anybody else. It just does not make any sense. The bottom line is if we had fewer guns, we would have a lot fewer murders.”
”Do you really think that you’d be safe if anyone in the audience could pull out a gun and start shooting? I don’t think so,” Bloomberg added.
Bloomberg was the only politician to make the case for stronger gun laws in the aftermath of Friday’s tragedy. “[I]t’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” he said. “I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day… No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?”
The alleged shooter James Holmes used four weapons in the shooting and obtained all of them legally. The AR-15 rife carried by Holmes, a civilian semi-automatic version of the military M-16, would have been defined as a “semiautomatic assault weapon” under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 — which expired in 2004. “The type of ammunition magazine Holmes is accused of using was banned for new production under the old federal assault weapon ban.” Though once it expired, “gun manufacturers flooded the market with the type of high-capacity magazines Holmes used Friday.”
Holmes “purchased ammunition over the Internet, including thousands of rounds and multiple magazines for the assault rifle.