Mayor Bloomber has attended many gatherings of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in his 11 years in office, but the Newtown massacre changed things, he said.
When he addressed the nation’s gun scourge at a Washington meeting Friday, he said he detected a decidedly different tone on guns.
“When I talked to a lot of them, they said, ‘I just never quite really focused on it. I was afraid of the NRA. I didn’t want to get involved in anything controversial. I was elected to pick up the garbage,’” Bloomberg said in a speech at a Martin Luther King Day service in the Bronx. “And now, all of a sudden, they realize they were elected to keep us safe.”
The Bloomberg-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns has gained 100 new mayors as members since the mass killing in Newtown, Conn., boosting the membership to more than 800.