Video: Emotional Obama Speaks on Sandy Hook School Shooting

Video: Emotional Obama Speaks on Sandy Hook School Shooting

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“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” President Obama said as he spoke emotionally about today’s school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  The President made brief remarks in the White House briefing room at 3:15 p.m.

The full text of his remarks are below.

THE PRESIDENT: This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller.  I offered Governor 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 helping our children fulfill 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’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, 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 brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. Obama says he will take action to prevent this sort of tragedy from ever happening again. There is NOTHING Obama can do to prevent a crazed man from committing a random act of violence against the innocent. It wasn’t a gun that killed all those children today – It was a crazed 20 year old named Adam Lanza. If he didn’t have a gun, he could have put poison in some Tylenol bottles on a store shelf, or set fire to a crowded Disco, but no law can prevent a senseless, random act of violence. Obama will use this incident to impose more restrictions on the American citizen and further strip us of our Constitutional rights and freedoms, but it will NOT protect us from future acts of this kind.

    An armed teacher may well have stopped Adam Lanza long before 26 children lost their lives today, but there is no law that could have stopped Adam Lanza.

    So Says,

    The BOJWON.

    • If YOU were armed and were faced with being shot or pulling your weapon to defend yourself, what would YOU do? I suspect there are many who would also pull their weapon to defend the lives of children and other innocents. Typical response time for the police is about 6 to 7 minutes, but the response time of a .357 is about 1200 feet per second. The choice is yours.

    • c’mon Roger this is not Death Wish 3… this is REAL life. if a gunman burst into a room you were in and started shooting you’d freeze or hit the floor just like everyone else. my dad was a gun enthusiast (mbr of law enforcement) and hunter safety instructor. He took me to the range enough times for me to understand and respect the power of the weapons we are talking about. Even trained law enforcement officers would have difficulty in a surprise situation. Don’t under estimate the element of surprise in these stories.

    • Lauren, Sorry for the delay in my reply. There are too many instances to cite here of people who were armed and rose to the occasion to protect themselves and others. Concern for your “fellow man” is NOT reserved exclusively for the police and military. Recent news reports of armed citizens who prevented a slaughter are numerous and some by citizens who didn’t even have to fire a shot. Your assumption that I, or anyone else you don’t know, would hit the floor if in a room when the shooting started is ridiculous. Didn’t an unarmed teacher take a bullet to protect a child in Connecticut? If that teacher was armed, the slaughter may have ended long before 28 people were killed. Why would you assume they would be cowards if armed, but heroic if unarmed? If you were armed and the shooting started, would you hide behind the furniture and wait to be shot, or would you pull your weapon and protect yourself and the children in your care? I would hope you would protect yourself and the children. But, your opinion really doesn’t matter, does it? Let’s cut to the chase with this, ok? The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT be infringed. Period. When the shooting starts, I have the RIGHT to fall to the floor, fully armed and shoot the bad guy who’s shooting at me. People like YOU can choose to be a statistic if you want to, but I’d rather try to stay alive. Call me a “right-wing” nut case if you want, but the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. He doesn’t have to be a cop to be a good guy.

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