New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton slammed members of Congress for voting in 2014 against a bill designed to stop terror suspects from buying guns legally.
"Shame on them. Shame on them that they are totally beholden, they prostitute themselves in front of the NRA. They put the interest of their own political careers and that of the NRA ahead of the American people," Bratton said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
The commissioner had been asked about the U.S. Senate voting down a bill in 2014 that would have prohibited those on the FBI's terror watch list from buying guns. The vote occurred Dec. 3, 2014, the day after the San Bernardino massacre.
Bratton held out little hope that Congress would act on gun regulations. About prohibiting gun purchases by someone under FBI investigation for terrorism activity, he said, "Good luck in Congress trying to get that passed."
"With this Congress, I would not hold my breath waiting for any meaningful action."
Bratton said that the NYPD has made an effort to reach out to communities in New York. The department has almost a thousand Muslim officers, Bratton said, and a "very sizeable" number of gay officers.
He added that some of the Muslim officers might be at work keeping Donald Trump safe, despite his noted criticisms of the Muslim community.
"Ironically many of them are probably guarding Mr. Trump outside of his building," Bratton said.
The Orlando shootings might contribute to an outpouring of support for the gay community in New York, he said, and he anticipates "the largest gay pride parade in the history of the city."
The police commissioner said that the NYPD knows the gay community is fearful and aims to offer the gay community support amid threats such as those from ISIS, which condemns and has killed homosexuals.
"That is a community that is fearful because of this international threat that targets them specifically," Bratton said, adding, "So it's something that we're very mindful of and the idea of solidarity for that community is very important."
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that patrols would increase around gay bars and clubs.
"We will be committed to defending every aspect of this city," Bratton said.
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