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Bloomberg says NRA deserves blame for Newtown shooting
thehill.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Justin Sink

Posted on 12/20/2012 8:07:51 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the National Rife Association (NRA) deserves some of the blame for last week's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

"We're not trying to take away your right to advance the interests of gun owners, hunters, people who want to protect themselves," Bloomberg told ABC News in an interview set to air Friday. "But that's not an absolute right to encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut. In fact, Connecticut is because of some of their actions."

The pro-gun lobby was silent in the aftermath of the shooting, disabling a Facebook page run by the organization and refusing to reply to press inquiries. On Tuesday, the group issued a statement saying they were "shocked, saddened, and heartbroken" by the shooting and "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

The NRA has a mid-day press conference scheduled for Friday in Washington, where they are expected to elaborate on what gun-control measures they might support.

On Wednesday, President Obama told reporters that he hoped the group would "do some self-reflection."

"The NRA is an organization that has members who are mothers and fathers," Obama said. "And I would expect that they’ve been impacted by this as well."

Bloomberg, who has been a vocal supporter of additional gun restrictions, said he also believed the public — including himself — were partially to blame for the tragedy.

"I hold you and me responsible," Bloomberg said. "We didn't pay attention to what our legislators were doing, [the NRA] as well ... we have let our society degenerate — our country degenerate to the point where we have a murder rate that you cannot compare it to other countries."

Bloomberg offered praise for Obama's new task force on gun violence, but said in his first term, the president had "gone in the wrong direction" on guns.

"[President Obama] signed two pieces of legislation, one which lets you carry guns in national parks where our kids play," Bloomberg said. "And the other one, he signed a bill so that you can carry a gun on Amtrak. I assume that's to stop the rash of train robberies, which I thought stopped in the 1800s."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; blame; bloomberg; guncontrol; nra; sandyhook; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/20/2012 8:07:56 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

King Mike the Short. Please find housing for all the people left homeless by Sandy, before they start a Revolution.


2 posted on 12/20/2012 8:09:54 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The NRA needs to file suet for defamation of character tomorrow morning. If any rioting occurs at the National Headquarters Monday, he needs to be directly held criminally accountable.


3 posted on 12/20/2012 8:12:35 PM PST by Dogbert41 (What now?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m sick of that poison dwarf. The mayor of New York should not think he can dictate to me.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 8:13:13 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”- William Pitt, 1783

“Gun bans don’t disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.”- Walter Mondale, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, April 20, 1994

“Criminals are never materially handicapped by such rules; the only effect is to disarm the peaceful citizen and put him fully at the mercy of the lawless. Such rules look very pretty on paper; in practice they are as foolish and footless as the attempt of the mice to bell the cat.” -Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), letter to editor Alice Dalgliesh of Scribner’s regarding her rejection of Heinlein’s novel Red Planet, April 19, 1949, printed in Grumbles From The Grave (Del Rey, 1989)

“A weapon, like an AR-15, in the hands of a private citizen, alters that social contract in favor of the individual. (One of the truly revolutionary things about the Revolution was its resultant establishment of a government forced to share real power with its constituents.) My AR-15 is a concrete reminder that my government’s power does, indeed, spring from me. In retaining it, I retain some of the power.” -Robert Lee Mahon, “A Liberal Contemplates Power, Beauty of Guns”, June 5, 2000

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizen to bear arms is just one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” -bitter clinger, Hubert Humphrey, 1960

“[Assault weapons’] menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi- automatic assault weapons —anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun— can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” Josh Sugarmann, executive director of New Right Watch, spokesman for the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, “Assault Weapons and Accessories in America,” policy report of New Right Watch and the Education Fund to End Handgun Violence, September 1988


5 posted on 12/20/2012 8:14:05 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Typical commie. Always gotta “BLAME” somebody. Morton for salt.7-11 for Big Gulps. Get a life Mikey. Don’t you have some money you need to count or something?


6 posted on 12/20/2012 8:15:01 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (U.S. elections have become nothing but another cheap ripoff of American Idol.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I will take Bloomberg a little more seriously when he disarms the thugs that accompany him everywhere. If NYC is the safest big metropolis in the nation, why are his guards armed or for that matter, why are the NYC Police armed?


7 posted on 12/20/2012 8:15:19 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Reports say that the kid was seen,in CT *and* NJ,with a 22 oz Coke and a Double Big Mac on the morning of the incident.
8 posted on 12/20/2012 8:15:27 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Good Bloomberg and all you other morons. The only way to keep this kind of S%&! from happening is to create MORE "gun free zones"????

Maybe you should allow responsible people to protect themselves and the innocent around them. Oh No, that could never work.

9 posted on 12/20/2012 8:16:22 PM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I assume that’s to stop the rash of train robberies, which I thought stopped in the 1800s.”............................................... What is he thinking? Colin Ferguson wasn’t a train robber, but one C&C person on that train would have saved many. There is no hope for them. There are more guns in NYC that are unregistered than there are guns that are. My guess, that would apply to the whole state.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 8:17:50 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"[President Obama] signed two pieces of legislation, one which lets you carry guns in national parks where our kids play," Bloomberg said. "And the other one, he signed a bill so that you can carry a gun on Amtrak. I assume that's to stop the rash of train robberies, which I thought stopped in the 1800s."

What an ass.

11 posted on 12/20/2012 8:18:00 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

All those who are pro abortion are guilty. Adam grew up under abortion/killing of the innocent being legal which shows that the gov’t has no regard for life as 50M+ have been killed so far. Bloomberg - the guilty has a need to point fingers.

Stop being a hypocrite and have you huge security staff turn their guns in and then tear down every butcher shop that kills the innocent daily. Call the process ‘Bloomberg repents’.


12 posted on 12/20/2012 8:23:33 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bloomers in a twist again.

The wrinkely old money bags does not like it when he does not get his way. Alot of the billionaire club think they own the whole world and they want dictators who do what they are told, ruling the roost.

Tax Bloomers, Bohner!!!! Tax the billionaire culb into the shed. They are rich people. Nasty, too.


13 posted on 12/20/2012 8:23:46 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas

We already know the effect of gun bans. Defenseless people are murdered until defense arrives.


14 posted on 12/20/2012 8:23:47 PM PST by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas

Nothing would have stopped Lanza. He was severely mentally disturbed. You cannot prevent the irrational by using simply outlawing it. If we could prevent irrational behavior by out lawing the behavior, this would be a perfect world.

It is interesting to note that the media didn’t really delve into the background of the Arizona shooter or the Colorado movie theater shooter very deeply. If they had, they would have found that both of those shooters were deeply steeped in leftist political ideology, that may have exacerbated their mental conditions. The Arizona shooter was a graduate of a William Ayres designed Small School in Tucson, an experimental high school which emphasized political activism and organization over test scores. The Colorado shooter was a PHD candidate in neuroscience, which is the study of the use of buzz words and phrases as emotional triggers and how these triggers can be used for political persuasion. In other words, mass brain washing.

May be it was the far left ideology that caused those two shooters to go over the edge, the hate and the emphasis on the State as the only support system, no religion and no God.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 8:27:01 PM PST by Eva
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To: Dogbert41
I assume that's to stop the rash of train robberies, which I thought stopped in the 1800s."

Smart a** comment from one who is chauffeured in a limousine with security at his side.

I second your idea what the NRA should do. It will shut the hypocrite's mouth.

16 posted on 12/20/2012 8:29:05 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mr. Bloomberg, how about a nice, frosty cup of STFU, 16 oz of course. B-P


17 posted on 12/20/2012 8:29:36 PM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bloomberg deserves the blame for every person in the world who says stupid things.


18 posted on 12/20/2012 8:31:24 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Eva

The media never delves into anything that may contradict their pre-determined narrative.


19 posted on 12/20/2012 8:31:43 PM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( Boehner, our Vichy Speaker)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bloomberg who thinks the 16 oz drink is the fall of civilization and an islamic temple is ok in the shadow of 9/11 ground zero........he can eat bovine excrement and die.


20 posted on 12/20/2012 8:32:41 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

>> “But that’s not an absolute right to encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut.”

Deceitful. Divisive. Irresponsible.


21 posted on 12/20/2012 8:33:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

No Liberals that put nuts on drugs on the street did this.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 8:33:47 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The level of immorality of this guy and his ilk is stomach turning. To blame the NRA, an organization composed of the most lawful and upright citizens in the nation, makes it clear that Blmbrg is on another planet far away from decency.


23 posted on 12/20/2012 8:34:44 PM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: Gene Eric

>> “But that’s not an absolute right to encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut.”

This message should be delivered to Hollywood. I don’t recall the NRA promoting “things like Connecticut”.


24 posted on 12/20/2012 8:35:42 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Blooming Idiot, same question for you as I posed to the POTUS and Congress; “ If children are our most important resource why aren’t they afforded the same protection as the POTUS, political and wealthy elite? Are you willing to admit you and the anti 2nd Amendment people believe your lives are more precious, important and valuable? A simple yes or no answer will suffice.”


25 posted on 12/20/2012 8:36:33 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Mikey Bloomy does't have guns so why should you?

Just ignore the fact that Mayor douchebag is surrounded 24\7 by armed security

26 posted on 12/20/2012 8:38:13 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: Drill Thrawl

What sort of pirate would Obama be without a parrot on his shoulder?

If Bloomberg wants a cracker, he must repeat the words.

Birdbrain.


27 posted on 12/20/2012 8:49:56 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It’s time to put politics asaide and do what’s right for the children. Every teacher in America should be issued a sidearm and required to be trained and proficient in using it. Those who teachers who suffer from hoplophobia to the point that they cannot comply should be required to get psychological treatment for their irrational fear of weapons.


28 posted on 12/20/2012 8:58:54 PM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What an ignorant and dishonest statement. You would think Bloomberg was a politician........


29 posted on 12/20/2012 9:30:14 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
Wait, Adam Lanza was an NRA member?

We better get right on this.

His smashed computers will certainly confirm his membership and full support of the second amendment.

30 posted on 12/20/2012 10:02:49 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
No, the numb skulls responsible for so called gun free zones can take responsibility for turning our schools into killing zones.
31 posted on 12/20/2012 10:47:34 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Babysit your own state and just leave the rest of us alone. You’re the last one in the world anyone wants advice from, idiot!


32 posted on 12/20/2012 11:33:15 PM PST by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Maybe Bloomberg’s habit of irrationally pointing the blame hurt his marriage to Susan Brown. He sounds like he would be impossible to live with.


33 posted on 12/20/2012 11:45:50 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

My father used to say:

“If you ever want to give your two cents about something, just make sure to first put your brain into gear BEFORE putting your mouth into motion.”


34 posted on 12/21/2012 12:41:48 AM PST by ourworldawry
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Like everything else wrong, they will use the courts to mandate unconstitutional laws overtime. Just like the gay marriage agenda(used the courts to gain in roads w/ new laws) as they condition the masses to go along. We are getting so far off the track. Nothing makes much sense seeing these people in power as well as knowing how some of the citizens think and react.


35 posted on 12/21/2012 3:13:10 AM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Douchberg graduated from banning transfats, salt and 16oz sodas.


36 posted on 12/21/2012 3:38:02 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Being Breitbart)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

PowerMadNannyStateGayFascistFaggotSaysWhat?


37 posted on 12/21/2012 3:40:52 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bloomberg is stained with the blood of the Sandy Hook massacre victims along with all those who promote the criminalization of self defense. Shame on Bloomberg!


38 posted on 12/21/2012 5:15:57 AM PST by TheDon (Criminalizing self defense contributed to the Sandy Hook massacre.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Real Saxophonist says American Psychological Association deserves blame for Newtown shooting.

Just as plausible.

39 posted on 12/21/2012 6:13:41 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Pour a 20 oz cup of soda over that little fascist.


40 posted on 12/21/2012 6:57:06 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: TurboZamboni

Good quotes. See my profile for another doozie that would fit right in.


41 posted on 12/21/2012 7:14:15 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Another Pol displaying, yet again, the depths of their stupidity.

Bloomy says that the NRA “encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut. . .” OK! Offer up one instance, one quote, one posting!

Won’t happen, there are none! Gun problems are soluble, Bloomberg’s stupidity is not!


42 posted on 12/21/2012 7:27:22 AM PST by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Then mayor doomburg is to blame for people being FAT! Not enough food control. Look how many obese people are dying every day!


43 posted on 12/21/2012 7:34:10 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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