Mayor Mike's rhetorical staple: My way or the 'die-way'

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With nine months to go as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg has made a habit of saying citizens will die if he isn’t heeded on legislation.

His national push for expanded background checks for gun buyers is but one example.

A bill he opposes for a new NYPD monitor “will put the lives of New Yorkers and our police officers at risk,” he asserted.

When a court voided his big-soda ban, Bloomberg warned that “people are dying every day” from obesity.

And when his proposal for speed-tracking cameras failed in Albany, he suggested making calls to state lawmakers after future accidents to ask why they allowed children to be killed.

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