AURORA (AP/KKTV) - Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of the Aurora theater shooting, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.
“I’ve been all in on the fight against gun violence for 15 years, and I’m just getting started,” Bloomberg declared. “As president, I will work to end the gun violence epidemic once and for all.”
Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, entered the Democratic presidential primary less than two weeks ago. Gun violence has quickly emerged as a core issue for his presidential bid, as it has been for his political and philanthropic efforts for much of the last decade.
Bloomberg is well known to gun control advocates in Colorado and across the country, where he’s funneled tens of millions of dollars from his personal fortune to help like-minded candidates while creating and supporting gun control groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action.
Sister station KCNC spoke with state Rep. Tom Sullivan, who lost his son Alex in the theater shooting and has become an advocate for gun control in the years since. Sullivan helped Bloomberg organize Thursday's event and told KCNC he believed if elected, Bloomberg would take the action necessary to figut gun violence.
"He’s put together an organization with a lot of great people and we are making progress,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan told our sister station his experience of losing a family member in a mass shooting is one that’s becoming far too common in America, and it’s important that the voices of family members of survivors like his be heard.