Bloomberg: We don't need vigilantes
(CBS News) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that Florida's so-called "Stand Your Ground" law which allows those who feel threatened to use deadly force against a would be attacker is counterproductive to keeping members of the community safe.
"It doesn't make any sense because you don't want people being vigilantes," Bloomberg said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" when he was asked about the law that has come under fire in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin.
"They don't have the training. They don't have the expertise. There is no oversight. That is the police department's job," Bloomberg said.
George Zimmerman has admitted to shooting Martin, who was returning from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles candy. The 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain claims he was threatened by Martin, but there have been a host of conflicting accounts as to what happened that night. Zimmerman has not been arrested.
The Justice Department is investigating the shooting and Florida Gov. Rick Scott has formed a task force to look into the incident.
"All the statistics show that if you for example have a gun at home, you are something like 22 times more likely to be killed by a gun," Bloomberg said, "you are betting off not having a gun."
Bloomberg, a longtime proponent of stricter gun control laws, said everyday Americans should be more vocal in their opposition to the widespread availability of guns in the United States. The mayor slammed Congress for its fealty to the the National Rifle Association and for giving special treatment to gun manufacturers.
"We saw a disaster in Arizona where a congressperson was shot in the head and Congress still didn't do something. All they said is let's make it worse, let's give more people guns. America is the only country in the world, I think, that has more guns than people," Bloomberg said, referring to last year's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
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