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Friday, July 20, 2012

Bloomberg Hits Obama & Romney On Gun Control; NYC Theaters Beef Up Security

Bloomberg: Aurora Shooting Shows Obama, Romney Why Gun Control Is Needed

"Soothing words are nice, but maybe it's time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.

"I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it's just got to stop.

"And instead of the two people -- President Obama and Gov. Romney -- talking ... about they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how."

Bloomberg's call to action on his WOR show with John Gambling came hours after a lone gunman turned a Colorado cinema showing "The Dark Knight Rises" into a shooting gallery.

New York Police Department increases security at movie theaters after 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting in Aurora, Colo.

The NYPD stationed officers at city theaters showing “The Dark Knight Rises” on Thursday as some Batman fans admitted the shooting at a Colorado cinema had left them unnerved.

“It was in the back of my head,” said Jim Thalman, 38, an actor who saw the film at the Regal Cinema in Union Square just hours after a gunman killed 12 people at a midnight screening of the movie outside of Denver.

“When a guy came in with a bag, I thought if he puts a mask on, I was going to crack him.” But his pal, Scott Nawrocki, 42, said he wasn’t worried about a replay of the ambush in Aurora.

“I’m so New York,” the Brooklynite said. “I’m jaded.” Two uniformed officers stood in the lobby of the Manhattan movie house. A total of 40 theaters around the five boroughs will getting extra police protection, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

“We're concerned that someone, perhaps seeking notoriety, will attempt to do something similar,” Kelly said adding that the security boost was meant “to address the potential of a copycat event and to reassure moviegoers, particularly parents.

“We know a lot of young people are going to see this movie,” he said. “These are judgments that we have to make. We think it’s appropriate at this time.”

Kelly said most of the theaters would have at least two cops and a vehicle posted in front. At the AMC Empire 25 theater on W. 42nd St., Heidi Harding, 32, said she was “not scared” as she waited on line to purchase tickets for an evening showing.

“You don't have any control over these types of situations,” said the Bronx assistant teacher. “You just have to live your life.

This is just one crazy individual."

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Sources: AP, Denver Post, NY Daily News, Youtube, Google Maps

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