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Emotional Obama Responds To School Shooting
Barack Obama wept as he addressed the nation in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut.
And a day after the shooting, the US President used his weekly address to call for solidarity in the wake of the massacre, where 20 children and seven adults were killed.
Many of those killed in the shooting in the small town of Newtown were between the ages of five and 10.
On Friday, Mr Obama paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children who had been killed and the milestones in their lives they would never have - birthdays, graduations, weddings.
"Our hearts are broken today," he said, at times using a finger to wipe tears at the corners of his eyes.
Mr Obama said he had reacted to news of the elementary school shooting first as a parent.
He added that he and First Lady Michelle would do what any other parent in America would do - "hug our children a little tighter".
Mr Obama called for "meaningful action" regardless of politics.
"As a country, we have been through this too many times," he said in the televised address from the White House.
Mr Obama said in his weekly address that Americans need to "come together" to prevent tragedies like the school massacre, one of the worst mass shootings in US history.
"While nothing can take the place 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; and that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their own memories, but also in their community, and their country," he said.
"Every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt.
"We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child's innocence has been torn away far too early."
Mr Obama said the tragedy was all too familiar, after similar deadly shootings at a shopping mall in Oregon, at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and at a cinema in Colorado earlier this year.
He did not give details, but some US politicians called for a serious look at gun control laws, a subject which Mr Obama did not tackle strongly in his first term.
what do you think?
Peaple talk about the weather going to extremes, it appears so is the human race.truely mortifying.
Dont cry about it Obama introduce gun controls whether the populace like it or not! Now Orange tell me where my comment is in violation of your terms and conditions!
Why the thumbs down, isnt that what everyone wants to see in US, gun control?
Humans don't kill guns. Guns kill humans.
Events such as these are heartrending but so long as the US continue with their love affair with guns nothing is going to change. These lives will merely become yet another statistic in the long list of similar shootings which occur so regularly in the USA
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well mr Obama do something about it. It's your chance to protect people and children from the violence of guns. If you don't and another atrocity happens your people will know who's door to come knocking on.
I am always suspicious of men in authority who show public emotion when making announcements like this. It reminds me of Big Tony and Princess Di. A hint of Humbug !!
Yeah im like that. Very cynical.im also suspicious of the mp helping the (hoax)nurses family all the time.
Stop being so cynical guys. Those were real tears and he is a decent man. I like to see our leader show they are human and i would not put Obama in the same league as the Di and Tony. Not all emotion shown by politicians is contrived
The world is watching but somehow we know what will happen-nothing. plenty of handringing but the gun fanatics have started already stating that taking weapons out of public hands is not the answer. So what is? Meanwhile there are 20 children who will never see another Christmas.
Stories like this always anger the gun nuts whose trainspotterish obsession with guns makes them the most unsuitable people to hold guns.
Obama will promes you the world but never del rember vergina tech.you have more chance of turkeys voteing for thanksgiveing than us gun controls .its to late now as there are to maney
Go on Mr.Obama - make history - change the gun laws in America - before the next atrocity happens !
Mr Obama i believe that your tears are the genuine tears of a president and a father. Please try to stop the madness of the gun love in your country