Charlie Rangel: Forget Cops’ Concerns, We Need More Gun Control


Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) apparently has no regard at all for concerns expressed by New York City cops or their union spokespersons in the wake of the assassination of two of their colleagues.

Rangel gives NYC Mayor de Blasio a complete pass, claiming that the focus should now be on gun control and keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. He seemed to give no weight at all to the argument that de Blasio’s siding with protesters over police in recent demonstrations should be cause for concern. He also called for people to “fight this after the burial.” So much for healing and all getting along.

“They should be conducting interviews mourning those that they lost and their family, talking about how do insane people get firearms and not criticizing but seeing how we can stop insane people from getting an opportunity to get firearms to kill anybody,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “The Rundown.”

“Two human beings were shot dead, we should not be pointing fingers at the mayor of the city of New York.”

Rangel dismissed those claims and said that the true takeaway of the tragedy should be an increased push for gun control, specifically focused on restricting access to guns by the mentally ill.

“What we should do is follow Cardinal Dolan [the Archbishop of New York] and have our spiritual leaders say, ‘Hey, we can fight this after the burial, after we heal the wounds that are lost by this tragic episode,’ ” he said.

“We’ve got serious problems to deal with and screaming and pointing fingers about ‘blood on your hands?’ No, we have to come together as a city.”


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