New York City's billionaire mayor said Wednesday he will fund a super PAC to help candidates who favor gun control in local, state and federal elections nationwide. A person familiar with the plans put the commitment at $10 million to $15 million.
The announcement came after Bloomberg ripped President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, saying neither offered a solid plan to get guns off the streets during Tuesday night's debate at Hofstra University.
"I don't think they gave a good answer," the mayor said during a news conference.
The mayor said he intends to support Democrats, Republicans and independents. "This new effort will support candidates and causes that will help protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence, improve our schools and advance our freedoms," Bloomberg said on his personal website.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson will take a leave of absence from City Hall to run the effort.
Bloomberg was visibly perturbed by the debate responses to an undecided voter who asked each man what he would do to get AK-47s off the streets.
Obama spoke of enforcing existing laws and programs to discourage violence. Romney said he didn't favor any new legislation and stressed education and parenting.
The mayor said the American people deserved more from both men because 48,000 people will die from gun violence over the next four years.
Bloomberg called the education answer "gibberish." He noted that the Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect who killed 12 people in a movie theater in July and the Virginia Tech shooter who killed 32 people in 2007 were both highly educated and from good families.