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Mayor Bloomberg on Newtown killings: 'Meaningful action' not enough

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“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 ABC’s 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,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking as co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of 700 mayors around the nation.

“For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were 5-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,” Mr. Bloomberg continued.

“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,” he added.

“Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who is co-chair of the coalition.

Mayors who are members of the group say they support Second Amendment Rights for citizens, but they have banded together to fight gun-related crime in their communities.

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