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.”