New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leader in a movement among city officials for gun control, addressed President Obama's statement on the Connecticut school shootings by saying that "meaningful action is not enough."

"We need immediate action," he said. "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."

Bloomberg's office sent out a Twitter link to an online petition called Demand a Plan. On social media, another link is being circulated to sign names to a petition on the White House's We the People site, force the administration to respond to a call to "have a conversation about increased regulation of firearms."

Bloomberg's full statement is below.

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