An American tragedy in Newtown

Briefing: Obama. (via abcnews.com)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "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." [Mayors Against Illegal Guns]

@20children: "@NRA we aren't going to take this anymore."

The N.R.A. canceled an event. [Hunter Walker]

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy: " I agree, now is not the time to talk about gun laws – the time for that conversation was long before all those kids in Connecticut died today."

Governor Andrew Cuomo: "Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort." [ny.gov]

"Again. Will someone please define meaningful action?" [Michael Benjamin]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Jumaane Wiliams: "This tragedy is an urgent reminder that we must strengthen the call for serious gun control reform."

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson: "This senseless attack on innocent children is yet another reminder that there is no legitimate reason for anyone other than law enforcement or military personnel to have access to semi-automatic weapons."

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: "This is a terrible day, and it must become a call to action to protect all communities big and small from senseless violence."

New York City Comptroller John Liu: " As I await my child's dismissal from school, I can only imagine with horror the pain being felt throughout the community in the face of such senseless violence and devastating loss.”

Headline: "Day Before Connecticut Shooting Massacre, Michigan Legislature Passed Bill Allowing Guns In Classrooms." [Scott Keyes]

Footage of Obama's tearful response. [Celeste Katz]

Obama "spoke for all Americans." [New York Sun]

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: "unspeakable tragedy." [ag.ny.gov]

A petition to introduce new gun laws is nearing the 25,000-signature threshold for a White House response. [Natalie Jennings]

What are the ethics of interviewing children? [Mackenzie Weinger]