In the wake of the horrific massacre in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been one of the few high-profile American politicians speaking out in favor of tighter gun restrictions.
On Monday, he took his case to “Piers Morgan Tonight,” where he argued that police officers in particular should throw their support behind gun control. “I don't understand why the police officers across this 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,’” he said.
The mayor reasoned that “by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them, and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor-piercing bullets,” the American public is making police work more dangerous. Gun violence is a distant if terrifying threat for most of us, but for police, it's much more immediate, Bloomberg contended. “When you or I hear shots, we run away. They run towards it.”