Bloomberg: Without Gun Control, ‘12,000 People Will Be Murdered with Guns This Year’

By Fred Lucas | March 21, 2013 | 1:06 PM EDT

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (AP photo)

( – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 12,000 Americans will be murdered in the remaining months of 2013 if Congress does not pass gun control measures that include universal background checks and a ban on certain automatic rifles.

“The only question is whether Congress will do the right thing or whether they will allow more innocent children to be gunned down,” Bloomberg said. “It has been 97 days since Newtown. In that time, we estimate that more than 3,000 Americans have been murdered with guns. Almost none of the victims generated national headlines, but each murder was a tragedy for the victim’s family and for the community.


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“If Congress does nothing, another 12,000 people will be murdered with guns this year alone. We just cannot let that happen,” Bloomberg continued. “It is up to us, all of us to convince members of Congress that it’s in everyone’s interest to act now.”

Bloomberg was joined at City Hall Thursday by Vice President Joe Biden. Both politicians have been longtime gun control advocates and have increased their rhetoric about gun violence since the 20 children and six adults were murdered by a gunman at a Newtown, Conn. Elementary school in December 2012.

Commenting on the Newtown shooting, Biden said, “and you tell me, you can’t take off the street these weapons of war.”

A gun control measure package has been sent to the floor of the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) announced this week he would not include the so-called assault weapons ban in the package to be voted on, fearing it would derail the other measures.