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Tearful Obama addresses the nation: calls for “meaningful action against these tragedies”

Saturday, December 15th 2012 - 06:37 UTC
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Obama ordered that US flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday. Obama ordered that US flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

A tearful President Barak Obama said US leaders must ”take meaningful action'' regardless of politics in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The president had tears at times using an index finger to wipe at the corner of his eyes, as he addressed the nation from the White House. He also paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children, ages 5 to 10, who had died and the life milestones they now would miss.

He said, quote, ”Our hearts are broken.''

Shortly before speaking, Obama ordered that US flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

“This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.''

“We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do'.

”The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to help our children fulfil their dreams.''

“So our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.''

“Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain.''

“As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theatre in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighbourhoods are our neighbourhoods and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.''

“This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter, and we'll tell them that we love them, and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight, and they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans, and I will do everything in my power as president to help, because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need, to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories, but also in ours.''

”May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds”.

 

Categories: Politics, United States.

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  • Marcos Alejandro

    These are the guns that this animal carried or used during this new massacre.
    Guns para todos Yankeeboy Fred?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ct-school-shooter-made-combat-weapon-article-1.1220431

    Dec 15th, 2012 - 07:03 am 0
  • Boovis

    So, how are murder rates in Argentina doing? In the UK it's 1.2 per 100,000, in the USA it's 4.2, Argentina is 3.4, but I guess that high murder rates are the sign of a developed nation and the UK only dreams it had such murder rates as these nations etc etc

    Dec 15th, 2012 - 08:00 am 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “A tearful President Barak Obama said US leaders must ”take meaningful action'' regardless of politics in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school”

    A dreadful, dreadful tradegy. My heart goes out to all those who are effected by this awful act. It must be more than their parents can bear, so many young lives lost, so many families torn apart.

    A Truely mindnumbing crime.

    Dec 15th, 2012 - 10:02 am 0
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