The Washington Times - June 12, 2013, 07:53AM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday he thinks public pressure will eventually overwhelm federal lawmakers who have voted against extended background checks prior to gun sales.

He said gun owners and non-gun owners alike agree that firearms should not be sold to people with criminal records or mental problems, “and yet Congress doesn’t go along.”

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“And it’s hard to see how that maintains itself,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In the end, you’ve got to believe that the public is going to win this battle.”


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Mr. Bloomberg is using his high-level connections in New York to stem political contributions to four Democratic senators who voted against a bill in April to beef up background checks, The New York Times reported Wednesday.


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The mayor said that despite the report, he is running more ads against Republicans than Democrats. He is also trying to line up support in the GOP-led House.


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“You sit down with … the leadership on the Republican side, and you say look, ‘If you want your members to get re-elected, they should vote with the public.’ And the public is holding them accountable,” he said.


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Mr. Bloomberg also believes President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden have done an adequate job in whipping support for the gun measures.


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“The president has stood up and said it,” Mr. Bloomberg told MSNBC. “I don’t think there’s any Democratic senator or Republican congressman — and those are the two that really matter here, with this piece of legislation — that don’t know where the president stands.”


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