Other Democrats have stayed away from the subject recently…
The subject comes to forefront with mass shootings , but always drops to the wayside afterwards…
Democrats tend to stay away from the subject due to one issue voters strong feelings about keeping their guns…
Michael Bloomberg rolled out his gun control platform Thursday afternoon in Aurora, Colo. — the town where an armed man opened fire in a movie theater in 2012, killing 12 people.
The billionaire businessman is calling for stronger background checks and permit requirements, aspirations that for years have stymied Democrats searching for bipartisan congressional support and coming up short.
In town hall Thursday at a church just steps from where the 2012 shooting took place, Bloomberg addressed gun violence survivors and pledged to put an end to what he called “nationwide madness.”
“We have to make sure that we build for the future so no one else has to go through this,” he said. “And I want to say how grateful I am for your leadership. You are making the world a better place and hopefully we don’t have to have that many more meetings like this one.”
Since entering the Democratic presidential primary last month, Bloomberg has been amplifying his gun control record as he seeks to win over a party that hasn’t settled on a frontrunner. Gun control is a popular issue with the left flank of the party that is otherwise distrustful of the former New York City mayor’s vast wealth — an estimated $54.7 billion — and routine financial support of Republicans over the years.
On Thursday, he leaned heavily into that idea, casting himself as one of the pioneering champions of common-sense gun reform.
“When I started working on gun violence 15 years ago, neither party — neither Republicans or the Democrats — were particularly interested interested in the issue,” he told the audience….