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WASHINGTON - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney to clarify their positions on gun control in the wake of Friday's massacre at a Batman premiere.
Bloomberg, who favors stricter gun control, said the bloodbath in Aurora, Colorado was proof that firearms are a "growing" problem not limited to major American cities.
"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 ... because this is obviously a problem across the country," he said.
"There are so many murders with guns every day, it's just got to stop... No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them concretely."
New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the United States, but Bloomberg has been critical of other states for not being so rigorous in controling the sale of guns that could eventually wind up in his city.
"Guns are killing people every day," he said. "It's growing ... and it's not just an inner-city, East Coast, West Coast, big-city phenomenon. Aurora is not a big city."
As Bloomberg spoke, it was not yet clear whether the gunman behind the shooting was licensed to carry firearms.