NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested cops go on strike for stricter 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," Bloomberg told Piers Morgan during a discussion on CNN in the aftermath of the tragedy in Aurora, Colo.
Why officers won't do what Bloomberg suggests
By Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
No matter where you stand on the issue of citizens’ gun ownership (full disclosure: I’m a lifetime member of the NRA), I have to believe just about every PoliceOne Member will be as appalled as I had been upon hearing about the comments of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday’s episode of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
The Mayor of New York has long been an anti-gun activist, and has chosen to use the dreadful tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, to press his political agenda.
My jawbone about hit my clavicle when a very good friend of mine called me on the phone yesterday and told me that Bloomberg stated on national television, “I don’t understand why 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.”
Bloomberg framed his comments around the fight against gun violence, which he attributes to ammunition and supplies being readily available.
"Police officers want to go home to their families," he said. "The only reason to have an armor-piercing bullet is to go through a bullet-resistant vest. The only people that wear bullet-resistant vests are our police officers."
He has also criticized both President Obama and Mitt Romney for refusing to talk about gun control in the wake of the shooting.
Earlier in the day, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned against shooting victims being used as "political pawns."
"Can we at least get through the initial grief and tragedy for these families before we start making them political pawns?" Christie said.
"I am a little bit disturbed by the politicians who in the immediate aftermath of this type of tragedy try to grandstand on it."
Shooting suspect James Holmes, 24, is being held in solitary confinement in jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. On Monday morning, he was moved to a nearby courtroom for his first court appearance.
Charges are expected to be formally filed next Monday.