‘These tragedies must end’ says President Obama as Connecticut community copes in aftermath of shooting
Memorials sprang up, and U.S. flags were flown at half-staff a day after 28 people, including 20 children, were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On Sunday, President Barack Obama, Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy, and a united clergy spoke at an interfaith vigil to console a community and nation shaken by tragedy.
Obama consoles Connecticut town, vows effort to tame violence
Jeff Mason and Emily Flitter | Reuters
11:20 p.m. EST, December 16, 2012
NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Sunday demanded changes in the way the country dealt with gun violence, though he avoided the use of the word “gun” itself in consoling the Connecticut town shattered by the massacre of 20 young schoolchildren.
Obama said the world would judge the nation by the way it cared for its children, and that Friday’s slaughter left that judgment wanting.
“Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? I’ve been reflecting on this in the last few days. And if we’re honest with ourselves the answer’s no,” Obama told a packed auditorium at Newtown High School at the end of a somber multi-faith service.
“We’re not doing enough and we will have to change.”
The emotional prayer vigil capped a day when worshippers sought solace in churches to mourn the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where a gunman used a military-style assault rifle to kill six adults and 20 first-graders before committing suicide.
A more detailed picture of Adam Lanza’s stunning attack emerged on Sunday. Police said he was armed with hundreds of bullets in high-capacity magazines of about 30 rounds each for the Bushmaster AR 15 rifle and two handguns he carried into the school. He had a fourth weapon, a shotgun, in his car outside.
All the dead children were either 6 or 7 years old, feeding more emotion into a revived debate about whether stricter gun laws could prevent future mass shootings in the United States.
Obama noted it was the fourth time in his presidency he had needed to console a community after such an attack, following the shootings in Tucson, Arizona in January, 2011; Aurora, Colorado in July; and Oak Creek, Wisconsin in August.
Snapshots of children slain in Connecticut school
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Dec 16, 2012 @ 16:48:24
am very sadden by this sad thing that happen too all those little angles that lost there life that was just started and end so soon am thougths and prays go out too all there familys [in deepest sympathy … may your hearts find healing in cherished memories may your spirit find comfort in the thoughts and prays of those who care about you sharing in your time of sorrow ]
Dec 15, 2012 @ 22:07:39
Im deeply sadden by this tragedy :'( my heart goes out to all the families that lost their precious innocent children, and the teachers and priciple as well..I have a kindergartner n I just holded her so tight when she came home from school…No child deserves this..I havent stoped crying but im praying to the good lord to pour his love upon each family and give them lycomfort peace and healing in jesus name! All 20 bbys r with the lord now, they no longer are afraid…
Dec 15, 2012 @ 10:36:45
My heart is hurting: St. Luke 18:15-17 And they brought unto him also infants, that he may touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. :20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultry, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Hornor thy father and thy mother……………………………….
Dec 15, 2012 @ 06:08:00
Background checks; micro stamping of ammo; bans on asslt weapons and large ammo clips, closing gun show loopholes-
Stop grieving- start acting.
Support the following groups: Brady Campaign, Mayors agnst Illegal Guns, Coalition on Gun Violence
Stop using phrases like “senseless”, or “the unthinkable”, or “words cannot express”- none of these apply- we can make sense out of it all.
Oppose gun lobbyists and politicians; confront them. These people are paid to push guns.
Why is Piers Morgan the only talk show host capable of bring up these issues?
The only proper monument is more gun control- study the issue and act!
Dec 14, 2012 @ 20:02:05
O’ my word I don’t believe what I just read now May God be with the families who lost their kids in this horrific event. Just read the news, what is this world coming to, what has become of us, as people, as human beings, of our innocents, Is’nt it enough that do many children die of hunger in South Africa. What has become of us.
Dec 14, 2012 @ 19:17:45
please share that life is very precious what if it was our kid?????
Dec 14, 2012 @ 16:46:43
We have a 6 year old granddaughter. My husband and I both began to cry when we heard the news about these children. We have not stopped crying. We both will pray for these children and their families. We should all stop and think about the violence promoted by video games and movies. We need to hold ourselves accountable. God help these innocent victims.
Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:36:31
God almighty … Only you know the truth as to this horrific happening. Children of innocence.
Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:18:19
Wow this has to be one of the worst things to happen in the year of 2012. How could anybody think to harm children of such young age or any age at all I wish this man could of died a worse death than he had I send out prayers to tough’s of you who lost young children and to those who lost their parents… I’m so sorry for your loss..