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Video, Full Text: President Obama’s Statement on Connecticut Shooting

| December 14, 2012
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President Obama delivered an emotional statement on the Connecticut school massacre this afternoon…

Full text of statement from AP:

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 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 is 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.”

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  • Destinee Cichy

    I just love how our president has to look down at a script every five seconds to recite his “emotional speech”, I’m ready for a revolution pushing against this man and any other person with similar and identical views as his. All he ever speaks of is “god bless your families”.

  • Mary Jean

    Perhaps if we are able to open our hearts to the needs of the victims of the shooting instead of using the incident as yet one more chance to attack our elected president, we might be able to focus our thinking and our action on the legislation and social condemnation of gun fanatics that is needed to restore our country’s mental health. A deep seated revulsion rises in me against those who use gun issues to bolster their damaged egos, to bully others, to build inadequate defenses against their often exaggerated fears, and to line their pockets through greed and lies. I pray that our president can find it within his heart and mind to take on the powers that find such comfort in the status quo. It is unacceptable, and we must come together and make that clear.

    • Cookiemonster

      I agree ..like it or not he is our president and let’s move on , put our differences and opinions aside and focus on whT happened, find ways to honor those babies who lost their precious lives.

  • syprules

    If you were a sitting President and it was discovered that you were openly supporting al-Qaeda—openly supplying them with weapons—what would you do?

    Since al-Qaeda is the sworn enemy of the United States, since al-Qaeda has murdered countless Americans, and therefore supporting al-Qaeda would be treason in every sense of the word, of course you would resign or brace for impeachment.

    But we’re not talking about a normal President who operates within the confines of reason. We’re talking about Barack Hussein Obama, who operates in a strange Twilight Zone type of reality broadcast to the masses via his compliant mainstream media.

    The Syrian “rebels” have openly identified themselves with al-Qaeda. They have openly said, “When We Finish With Assad, We Will Fight the U.S.”, so it’s no secret they are the enemy.

    And Barack Obama has been arming them… Read more at http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/video-obama-gunrunning-to-al-qaeda/

  • Olivia

    We need stricter laws, and audits every few months for the owner’s of guns. That’s the only way to do it, unless we take away guns altogether and create a new field, in which all guns are solely rented for a few hours to go target shooting, and returned; failure to do so would result in a criminal investigation. For example, auditors would be required to check in with people, make sure their guns are locked away from others, and questioned whether there are any children with mental illnesses, or poeple who are abusive, or people with depression. This needs to be taken into account. The laws are too lenient now, with only a background check being required to make a purchase, but no checks into guns after this purchase. That’s why you have 90% of the guns used by cartels in Mexico coming from frontmen who purchase loads of guns in America.