Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing Congress and President Barack Obama to tighten gun laws as more funerals are planned today for the victims of last week's school shooting massacre in Connecticut.
The mayor says he wants background checks for all gun buyers, a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and increased penalties for gun trafficking.
Bloomberg says the time for talk is over and is demanding immediate action.
"We have made our voices heard and hold Washington accountable for facing up to the
epidemic of gun violence in our country. If this moment passes into memory without action from Washington, it will be a stain upon our nation's commitment to protecting the innocent, including our children."
On Sunday, President Obama said he would use the power of his office to try to prevent future tragedies.
However, a White House spokesman quickly cautioned that there's no easy fix for gun violence, calling it a "complex problem that will require a complex solution."
Senator Charles Schumer says the Connecticut shooting may be changing the views of some of his colleagues when it comes to guns.
Appearing on Monday's edition of "Inside City Hall," Schumer said some lawmakers who haven't been leaders on gun control are now saying it might be time to talk about the issue.
"I don't think the American people will accept the new normal being one of these mass shootings every month so there may well be a chance to get the broad general public who's for gun control to make it a higher priority and make it an issue that more people will be willing to vote for."
Schumer also talked about gun control on the Senate floor Monday.
He asked his colleagues to break through the gridlock that has kept meaningful legislation from passing.
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo is also calling for tougher federal gun laws, saying restrictions vary in strength from state to state.
"The most efficient, effective vehicle is a federal law because you can change the laws in the State of New York, we have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, as does the state of Connecticut, but you can buy a gun in another state and drive several miles and that's that," Cuomo said.
Cuomo also called for an assault weapons ban in New York and says the state should re-evaluate how it handles its mentally ill.
Meantime, two more funerals are being held today for victims of the school shooting.
Mourners will gather to say goodbye to 6-year-olds Jessica Rekos and James Mattioli.
They were among the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The first funerals for shooting victims were held yesterday.
Six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner were remembered at separate services.
Investigators say they are analyzing every single round fired by 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza.
They also say they will interview every witness, including children.
Lanza used a Bushmaster A-R 15 assault rifle to kill 26 people at the school before killing himself.
He also killed his mother before going to Sandy Hook.
Meantime, other schools in Newtown opened Tuesday for the first time since the shooting, though students of Sandy Hook Elementary are not going back just yet.
When they do, they will attend classes at a former middle school in the neighboring town of Monroe.
The school has been empty since last year, and workers are donating their services to get the building ready in a matter of days.
Local police and school officials have discussed how and where to increase security, and state police say they will be on alert for threats and hoaxes.
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is calling for a moment of silence and churches to ring bells on Friday, exactly one week after the shooting.
Churches are being asked to ring their bells 26 times to honor the victims.