Bloomberg Pressures Obama To Take Up Gun Control Legislation

“Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action.”

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WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the chorus of lawmakers pressuring President Barack Obama and Congress to take action on gun control in the wake of a mass shooting Friday morning in Newtown, Conn. that killed at least 26.

“President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families,” Bloomberg said in a statement to reporters. “But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress.”

“For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns,” he continued. “Today, many of them were five-year olds.”

The Republican-turned-Independent mayor is an outspoken advocate for gun control, and endorsed Obama just before his election earlier this year.

“It has come to [this],” Bloomberg added, “Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe.”

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