Following the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., Friday, the mayors of New York and Boston are speaking out on behalf of an anti-gun violence group.
Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Menino are co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Bloomberg said Friday that critics said it was "too soon to talk about gun laws" after other high-profile shootings.
He said the White House and Congress have not shown leadership on the issue.
Menino said he is overcome with both grief and outrage.
He said a national policy on guns should get rid of loopholes and get automatic weapons out of neighborhoods.
-- Here's Menino's statement:
As a parent and grandparent, I am overcome with both grief and outrage by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint this day in our hearts and minds. My heart goes out to the families impacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today’s tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action. Innocent children will now never attend a prom, never play in a big game, never step foot on a college campus. Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
This program aired on December 14, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.