Mayor Bloomberg Hits Twitter To Blame Washington for Police Shootings

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 12:20 PM

By Megan Anderle

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blamed Washington for Thursday's shootings of three of his city's police officers.

"Washington is letting the bad guys shoot our police officers, our children, our neighbors – and it just has to stop," the mayor posted on his official Twitter handle.

Bloomberg, one of the nation's most vocal gun control advocates, posted several tweets about "bad guys" versus "good guys" and urged his followers to call members of congress and senators and "say we're not going to take this gun violence any more."

The three NYPD officers were shot in two separate incidents in a 1-hour span Thursday evening. Officer Juan Pichardo was shot in the thigh in the Bronx while at his family's car dealership. The the other two officers, Michael Levay and Lukasz Kozicki, were on a plainclothes patrol in Brooklyn. One suspect was shot dead and four others were arrested following the Brooklyn shootings, according to the Associated Press.

Bloomberg posted that all three officers are in stable condition.

Reactions to the mayor's dramatic posts were mixed.

Some users supported Bloomberg's sentiments, with one writing, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is not having any guns for the bad guy to get."

Others disagreed with Bloomberg's logic of making guns harder to obtain. "Like take the good guys' guns away?” a user tweeted.

Another Twitter user wrote: "What about what you owe the people of NYC living w/o heat or electricity 66+ after Sandy? When do they get your attention?"

Bloomberg appears to be making the rounds this week to comment on gun control, including a visit to "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night and meeting with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, another staunch gun control advocate.

While appearing on Fallon's show, Bloomberg blamed the news media for inconsistent reporting of gun violence, claiming the media only cares about gun violence when it involves children as demonstrated by the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"There's 33 people killed in America with guns every single day of the year," Bloomberg said on the show. "And nobody seems to care."
Bloomberg has been outspoken about gun control for years and his outspoken remarks are often condemned by conservatives and guns rights advocates. Almost every time there is a highly publicized shooting, he calls on supporters to push for stricter legislation and criticizes Congress for not standing up to the National Rifle Association.

"Congress doesn’t vote money to fund enforcement," the mayor told Fallon's audience.

Bloomberg’s office did not disclose the nature of his meeting with Giffords and just posted a photo of the two together on Wednesday. A source told the New York Post that the two were discussing a plan for how they would pressure President Barack Obama and Congress to pass new gun-control legislation.

Giffords was shot at close range by a gunman in January 2011 at an Arizona shopping center. Since the attempted assassination, she has been a proponent for tighter gun-control laws.

New York City reported a record-low number of murders last year — 418. The previous low was 471 in 2009, according to the Associated Press.

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