New York, NY, United States (4E) – Following Friday’s mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that left at least 27 dead, including 20 children, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged President Barack Obama to take “immediate action” on gun control.
Calling for immediate action is not enough and the country needs the president to make immediate action by sending a bill to Congress to address this problem, said Bloomberg in a statement.
The statement was released through Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which Bloomberg co-founded along with another gun control advocate Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Obama earlier in the day addressed the nation about the shooting calling for measures to prevent the same tragedy from happening again. He added that people from different political sectors need to come together and take meaningful action.
Bloomberg endorsed Obama shortly before the general election last month that the president comprehensively won, citing Obama’s will to address climate change issues.
Bloomberg is one the most vocal proponents of gun control in the country, and has in several occasions expressed his frustration at the lack of legislative action on controlling gun traffic despite a number of mass shootings over the past few years.
Back in July, in the wake of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. that left 12 people killed and dozens injured, Bloomberg expressed similar criticism.