Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Republican lawmakers are reluctant to support the gun-control bill in the Senate because it does not get to the root of the problem and provide them adequate political cover.
“This legislation is irrelevant to Sandy Hook,” he told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, referring to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults.
Mr. Giuliani said President Obama and Democrats would have more success if they tried to pass their measures as part of a broader crime bill that also took on mental health issues as a way to stem violence. That way, GOP senators could point to measures in the legislation that are important to their constituents.
He noted that New York and Chicago are similar cities, yet his Illinois counterpart sees a per capita murder rate that is three times higher.
Another guest, well-known Obama advisor David Axelrod, said many of the guns in Chicago flow in from Indiana and other places outside the city.
But Mr. Giuliani said guns flood New York City from outside its borders, too.
“Here’s the difference — I seized them,” he told the show. “I took them out of the hands of bad guys.”