When asked about the tragic movie theater shooting of Aurora, Colorado, New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, stated Friday that the presidential candidates should do more than offer sympathy and prayers. Bloomberg, who is a one of the nation’s highest-profile supporters of gun control, demanded the candidates implement policies to prevent future incidents that seem to be “uniquely American.” Politico has the full story:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s highest-profile supporters of gun control, said Friday that “soothing words are nice ” but demanded that the presidential candidates “stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about” preventing mass shootings.

Asked about the shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” that killed at least 12 people, Bloomberg said President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney need to offer specific policy proposals, in addition to prayers and sympathy.

“Soothing words are nice,” Bloomberg said during a regularly scheduled appearance on WOR 710 AM in New York. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”

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