"Newtown wasn’t a tragedy; Newtown was a policy decision. We can do nothing for the children who are dead; weeping for them like they’re our own is partly ridiculous, and partly obscene. What’s even more ridiculous and obscene is not preparing for the next one. What’s needed now isn’t warmhearted empathy; it’s cold-blooded reason. America needs its leaders to look at the numbers of mass murders, look at the most effective policies for reducing mass murder, and apply those policies. And if they don’t do that, the blood of the next batch of children is on their heads. Bloomberg gave a statement, too, but he didn’t cry. He didn’t talk about “our children.” Instead, he spoke about specific policies that work to curb gun violence. Bloomberg doesn’t need to cry. He’s doing his job."