New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will push for a national effort to crack down on illegal gun sales, says the New York Daily News. With the shooting deaths of two New York police officers weighing on the city, Bloomberg promised in his second term to fight the fight over illegal handguns in every forum that matters. “We will take our message to Albany, to Washington and to every capital of every state that permits guns to flow freely across its borders,” he said.
The push underscored the growing sense of urgency in the city surrounding illegal firearms, which helped fuel a 3 percent increase in shooting victims last year. The Daily News said it “also reflected a mayor who, after four years of mostly learning the political ropes in New York, is confident enough to take his game to the national level.” “If he can make an alliance of governors and mayors – particularly Republican governors and mayors – it could greatly help us,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “We haven’t had a major Republican voice speaking out for gun control in a long time.” With a Texas Republican in the White House and the National Rifle Association still among the biggest givers in Congress, it will be an uphill fight, Schumer added.