“It’s time for the president, I think, to stand up and lead and tell this country what we should do — not go to Congress and say, ‘What do you guys want to do?’” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “This should be his number one agenda. He’s president of the United States. And if he does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns.”
Bloomberg, an outspoken gun control advocate who launched a super PAC earlier this year that supported candidates who had advocated for gun control, said he believes Obama could successfully spearhead legislation in Congress.
“Nobody questions the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. But we don’t think the founding fathers had the idea that every man, woman and child could carry an assault weapon. And I think the president, through his leadership, could get a bill like that through Congress. But at least he’s got to try. That’s his job,” Bloomberg said.”
Reacting on Friday to the deadly Connecticut shooting in which a gunman used as semiautomatic weapon to kill 20 children and six adults at a school, Obama called for “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this,” but did not get into specifics.