As you might expect, local elected officials here in New York responded with horror and sadness to the massacre, but a surprising number of them also responded with immediate calls for more gun control. Our Bobby Cuza has that story.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- "We simply are not addressing this issue," said public advocate Bill de Blasio.
The issue, of course, is guns. It’s certainly no surprise here in liberal-leaning New York to hear politicians calling for stricter controls, but on Friday, many even challenged President Obama, his emotional display notwithstanding.
Obama said, "We’re gonna have to come together and take meaningful action."
That line prompted this from Mayor Bloomberg
"Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough," he said in a statement. "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."
Congressman Jerrold Nalder issued a similar challenge to the president. And Governor Cuomo, too, pressed the issue, saying, "We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans. Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."
Local federal elected officials pledged action.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, "We will look at military-style weapons, military-style ammunition and to see, you know, is this something gun enthusiasts really need? Is it worth the risk we take when some deranged shooter kills so many innocent lives."
Gillibrand also points out she supports the Second Amendment and hunters’ rights, but many see guns rights groups like the NRA as part of the problem and doubt even this latest massacre will prompt reforms.
"We have tragedy after tragedy and we don’t see the changes in policy we need," de Blasio said.
"What is enough? Is it this? We have kids in cities dying every night. That’s not enough? At some point, elected officials have to get the cojones, I guess is the best word, to do what needs to be done," said Brooklyn City Councilor Jumaane Williams.
Of course, there is little agreement in Washington on just what that is.