New Orleans Mayor Sees One Area of Agreement in Gun Debate

With both President Barack Obama and the National Rifle Association calling for more police, providing federal funds for more law enforcement officers should be an easy lift for Congress, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

“If you all both agree on that, why don’t we do that?” Landrieu said on “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television. “Because when President Clinton was in office and Vice President Biden was a senator, they put cops on the streets of America and it reduced the crime rate.”

Landrieu also criticized those in Congress talking about cutting spending for programs like mental health services at a time when the debate over gun regulations involves trying to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.

“If you need mental health services, you can’t cut funding for mental health services,” he said.

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