After Cop Shooting, Mike Bloomberg Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

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Last night, police officer Kevin Brennan was shot in the head in the Bushwick Houses in Brooklyn after he and his partners responded to a report of shots fired. Doctors at Bellevue Hospital successfully removed the bullet from the base of Brennan's skull, and as of last night, he was reported to be in critical but stable condition.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly held a late night press conference at the hospital to provide an update on the incident (There was no mention of the controversy surrounding the commissioner's son at the news conference).

Brennan is 29-years-old and has been a member of the NYPD since 2005. Six weeks ago, he and his wife Janet had a baby girl named Maeve.

Bloomberg -- who said it appeared that an illegal gun was used in the shooting -- used the opportunity to talk about the need for better gun control, an agenda which he has been strongly pushing.

"Tonight, we have someone who's dedicated his life to protecting all of us, who has had a much too close brush with death tonight because of what appears to be an illegal gun," he said in a copy of his remarks emailed out last night just before midnight.

"I have said this many times before -- and I wish I never had a reason to stand in a hospital and say it again -- but since Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were killed in 1968, there have been more than 400,000 people killed with illegal guns here in America, more than the number of Americans that were killed in World War II...The news tonight is thankfully not tragic. But until our nation gets serious about taking guns off our streets, we can only hope that the news is as good the next time," Bloomberg said.

The suspect, named Luis "Baby" Ortiz, who allegedly fired a shot at Brennan as cops chased him, was located last night at his uncle's apartment and arrested.

See a full copy of the mayor's speech here:

"Good evening. I'm joined by Commissioner Kelly, Chief of Brooklyn North Gerald Nelson, Dr. Eli Kleinman, the NYPD's Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Patrol James Hall, and Pat Lynch from the PBA.

"We're here tonight at Bellevue Hospital because one of our City's Finest, Officer Kevin Brennan, was shot tonight in the head in the Bushwick Houses public housing development in Brooklyn when he and his partners responded to a report of shots fired. The doctors here at Bellevue successfully removed the bullet from the right base of Officer Brennan's skull. He is in critical but stable condition. Commissioner Kelly and I have met with him a short while ago, and with his parents and wife.

"The 29-year-old Officer Brennan has been a member of the NYPD since July of 2005, winning many commendations and awards for his service. Just six weeks ago, he and his wife Janet welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Maeve into the world. And thankfully tonight I think there's no reason to think her daddy won't be there to see her crawl for the first time - and in good time, dance at her wedding.

"Commissioner Kelly will fill you in on the details of what transpired and how our search for the suspect that we think committed the crime, the shooting, is going. But tonight, we have someone who's dedicated his life to protecting all of us, who has had a much too close brush with death tonight because of what appears to be an illegal gun.

"I have said this many times before - and I wish I never had a reason to stand in a hospital and say it again - but since Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were killed in 1968, there have been more than 400,000 people killed with illegal guns here in America, more than the number of Americans that were killed in World War II.

"The news tonight is thankfully not tragic. But until our nation gets serious about taking guns off our streets, we can only hope that the news is as good the next time. Commissioner?"

[SamTLevin / @SamTLevin]

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4 comments
John Hardin
John Hardin

So, did Ortiz have a criminal history? Was the gun he used legally possessed?

If not, how would making it illegaler to possess a gun have changed things?

How about getting serious about keeping habitual criminals off the streets before they escalate to crimes of violence?

NewsDog
NewsDog

I hope the perp fries. And, all the best to the office and his family. That said, new gun laws aren’t the answer. How about stricter enforcement of existing laws and stiffer penalties for violators of those existing laws? New gun laws will only impede lawful ownership of a legal firearm. Criminals will always find a way to get their hands on weapons. Just make it tougher on them when they do. When they get caught give them the max, no pleas.  

Gvw3
Gvw3

What is the deal with this gun control. How is this going to help??? We the people need to protect ourself from these same type of people the cops do. The bad guys should be promoting gun control as it would make us all easy prey. I would bet the mayor has armed guards. Will they give up their guns? 

John Hardin
John Hardin

the mayor has armed guards. Will they give up their guns?Of course not. Laws are for the Little People.

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