At a press conference at Bellevue Hospital this morning with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly following the shooting of NYPD officer Brian Groves in the LES, Mayor Bloomberg blasted "all of Washington" and "judges on the bench" for putting police officers' lives at risk. Invoking the Continental Congress who "got down to business and did what needed to be done back in those days," Bloomberg criticized the current crop of politicians: “Instead of doing something to stem the wash of illegal guns over the streets of every city and town in our country, we have paralyzing squabbling and gridlock that may be worse than any other period in our nation’s history."

“Actions have consequences. Inaction has consequences as well," the mayor said. "And today we see the results again of Washington’s allergy to doing anything, no matter how small, to help keep our streets safe."

In an allusion to two weapons convictions being tossed out for illegal stop-and-frisks, Bloomberg added, “And I will say it is made worse yet by judges here in New York City that appear bound and determined to do everything possible to handcuff our police officers and stop them from doing their jobs, and making all of us less safe by doing so."