New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged President Obama to take action on gun regulations after the deadly shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school Friday.
Bloomberg, a vocal advocate for gun control, said today on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it’s the president’s “job is to perform and protect the American public.”
Bloomberg endorsed Obama for re-election and said today that Obama needs to show leadership in the battle against gun violence.
“It’s time for the president to stand up, I think, and lead and tell this country what we should do — not go to Congress and say, ‘What do you guys want to do?’” Bloomberg said. “This should be his number one agenda.”
Bloomberg also dismissed the power of the NRA, saying he financially backed candidates that won on a strong message of gun control and that the president himself won re-election handily.
“The NRA’s number one objective this time was to defeat Barack Obama for a second term. Last time I checked the election results, he won and he won comfortably,” Bloomberg said. “This myth that the NRA can destroy political careers is just not true.”