Gun Control Debate Reignited in the Wake of Connecticut School Massacre

Gun control advocates press for legislative action following deadly shooting.

President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Friday at the White House.

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a long-time gun control proponent, said the president's comments were insufficient and vowed to press for action.

"President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown, but the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem," he said in a statement. "Calling for 'meaningful action' is not enough. 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. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response."

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  • Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at rmetzler@usnews.com.