One day after suggesting police officers should strike to prompt tougher gun control action, Mayor Michael Bloomberg clarified his provocative remarks in his latest push for tougher laws in the wake of the massacre in Colorado.
Appearing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Monday, the mayor said:
“I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re gonna go on strike. We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe,’” Bloomberg said.
“After all, police officers want to go home to their families and we’re doing everything we can to make their jobs more difficult,” the mayor added.
New York State law prohibits strikes by public employees and Bloomberg clarified his remarks when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
“I don’t mean literally go on strike,” he said. “Keep in mind, it is police officers who run into danger when the rest of us run out. Police officers have families. They want to come home to their families safely.”