Mayor Bloomberg To Obama: ‘Calling For Meaningful Action Is Not Enough’


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for “immediate action” on gun control, following Friday morning’s shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. Referring back to President Obama‘s remarks, he said, “Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough.”

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Bloomberg cited a lack of leadership on the issue from both the president and Congress. Expressing his “deepest sympathies,” the mayor said his “determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever.”

The statement below:

“With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever.”

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