New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg talked about gun control this morning on MSNBC--and the failure of politicians to lead on the issues.
"OK, so I have a question for you Mr. Mayor about how to lead on this," said host Mika Brzezinski. "Joe Nocera, in his [New York Times] piece, he basically says when you leave office if you really care about guns, put all your money where your mouth is."
"Well, I've got 356 days left with this job," Bloomberg said, referring to the final year of his term as mayor.
"What are you going to do with your money when it comes to guns?" Brzezinski interrupted. "Let's do it. Let's start a movement."
"Well, I've said it's all going to be given away," Bloomberg, who is 70 and said to be worth $22 billion, started.
"Because you know what makes a difference in politics--money," Brzezinski insisted.
"Time out ... I've already given away $350 million," Bloomberg said amid crosstalk. "What do you want me to do?"
"He makes a point that you can make a difference because you have money," said Brzezinski.
Bloomberg would not commit, and quickly changed the topic to who can give money away (George Soros, David Koch) and who cannot (General Stanley McChrystal, who was on the show this morning, too).
Brzezinski ended the segment by saying, "Let me know if you need any more advice on how to spend your money."