Mayor Bloomberg suggested Monday that cops should go on strike to spur the nation’s leaders to get serious about cracking down on guns.
“I don’t understand why the police officers across his country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re going to go on strike. We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe,” Bloomberg said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
The mayor’s surprising comments were in reaction to the Colorado massacre that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. He prodded President Obama and his GOP rival Mitt Romney to lead the charge against the proliferation of guns.
“After all, police officers want to go home to their families and we’re doing everything we can to make their jobs more difficult,” the mayor said.
Earlier Monday, Bloomberg urged gun-weary New Yorkers to threaten to hold their Congressional reps responsible for not renewing the federal ban on assault weapons.
“You can call your congressman, you can call your senator and say, ‘I don’t care, I’m holding you responsible even if you say you’re going to vote for rationality with guns. I’m going to hold you responsible because you’re the only one I can vote for. It’s your problem how you convince the others,’” Bloomberg said.
Hizzoner has stepped up his rhetoric in the days since last week’s Colorado movie theater massacre.
But records show that Bloomberg over the last decade has also financially supported some senators and congressmen who drew high ratings from the gun industry he has aggressively chided as mayor.
And Bloomberg is also the biggest supporter of the state Senate Republicans, who have blocked his push for microstamping in recent years.