New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending his proposed assualt weapons ban claiming “people really want this done.”
He said in an interview with CNN that he is making that case to the approximately 800 members of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns Group and is optimistic that the ban could be approved by Congress.
“Constituents really want this done,” Bloomberg said of his effort to convince mayors to lobby federal lawmakers on President Barack Obama’s proposal to approve the ban.
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“I always thought that you should address issues when they're on the public's conscience, while they're being covered by the press, and you should try to do a complete job so you don't have to go back again and again and again," he added.
Bloomberg’s group has been running television ads across the country, and gathered more than a million names to a petition to tighten gun control laws since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.
Despite his intense campaigning to make gun laws more strict, the mayor admits that this is only one part of reducing gun violence in the country — though he emphasizes that it is an important one.
"There's no one solution to this," he said. "This is, however, a very important step. Fewer guns means fewer murders. Fewer guns means fewer suicides. Fewer guns means you and your children are safer."
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