NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has met with Sikh community leaders to express his condolences about Sunday's shooting near Milwaukee.
Bloomberg also said the Wisconsin shooting is yet another reason for the presidential candidates to put forward proposals to curtail gun violence.
Noting that President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney expressed sympathy, Bloomberg said neither Obama's or Romney's statements "have anything to do with stopping the next massacre." Bloomberg also accused Washington politicians of a lack of concern in the face of violence, even when it was directed at a member of Congress. That was a reference to the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Tucson.
Bloomberg is co-chair of the advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which recently began running television ads calling on the candidates to release plans to address gun violence.
The White House says President Barack Obama favors "common-sense measures" that protect Second Amendment rights, but make it harder for those who shouldn't have weapons to get them "under existing law."
The Romney campaign hasn't commented.