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New York leaders call for gun control

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New York's top politicians reacted quickly to Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

New York Gov. Cuomo is pledging to work for gun control in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, calling it "yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns."

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Karen DeWitt
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Cuomo says it's time to "once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans."

The governor says he hopes the "terrible tragedy" can "finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action", and says he pledges his full support in that effort.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's time for a serious discussion of the country's "culture of violence."

Senator Jeff Klein, the head of the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference, which is part of the newly formed governing coalition in the Senate, also spoke out about the need for further gun control.

Klein said we must "continue to reevaluate the place of guns in our state and our society."

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, who is also part of the new Senate governing coalition, did not mention gun control in his reaction, but did say "there simply aren't words that can express the sadness and shock of the senseless tragedy."

The president of the state's largest teachers union, New York United Teachers Richard Iannuzzi, says more steps need to be taken to ensure that schools are safe, including "a serious tightening of gun control laws across the nation."

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