Mayor Bloomberg: Newtown Massacre A “National Tragedy” That Demands A “National Response”

By Celeste Katz, New York Daily News, 12/14/12

As officials and groups from all over New York City, New York State and the country weighed in with statements on the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it was a bit surprising that Mayor Bloomberg’s reaction was not among the early arrivals given his longstanding personal commitment to gun control issues.

A few minutes ago, City Hall issued the following comments from Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The two serve as co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Bloomberg: “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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