(CNSNews.com) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was “stupid” for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) to say he wished that the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary would have had a gun when she confronted mass murderer Adam Lanza, saying, “I don’t know what the gun would’ve done.”
“You know, there are people who say dumb things and then there are people who say stupid things,” Bloomberg said Monday in response to Gohmert’s comments. “I don’t know what the gun would’ve done.
“I can just tell you that if you have a gun in your house, you are something like 22 times as likely to shoot a friend or a relative as somebody trying to assault you,” he said. “Guns kill people. They don’t belong in schools. They don’t belong on campuses. They don’t belong in the hands of minors, or people with psychiatric problems or people with drug abuse problems, or people with criminal records,” Bloomberg said.
On Friday, 20-year old-Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them young children, before killing himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung reportedly died after confronting Lanza.
On Sunday, Gohmert said he “wished to God” Hochsprung would have had a gun when she confronted the shooter.
“Hearing the heroic stories of the principal, lunging, trying to protect – Chris, I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lung heroically with nothing in her hands, but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids,” Gohmert told Fox News Sunday Host Chris Wallace.
Bloomberg’s comments came during a press conference to unveil a campaign by “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” to demand action on gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
He said the time for talk about gun control is “over,” and it is “time to stop this carnage" no matter the political costs.
“Today Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bi-partisan coalition of more than 700 mayors in cities and towns across America, is releasing a set of 34 very powerful and very personal brief video statements, and we’ll see four of them in just a few minutes,” Bloomberg said.
“These videos I think bear testimony to the sorrow and trauma produced by gun violence in our nation. Those with us today have made these video statements, in each video those bearing witness have the same message: I demand a plan,” he added.
“The time for talk is over,” Bloomberg said. “Congress and the White House has to come up with something that stops this carnage no matter what the political ramifications are.”
“Somehow or other we’ve come to think that getting re-elected is more important than saving lives, that political power is more important than saving lives, that partisan politics is more important than saving lives,” he said. “Enough.”