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Published on: December 14, 2012 03:31 PM
Last updated on: December 14, 2012 03:53 PM
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US President Barack Obama wipes away a tear while delivering remarks on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, at the White House in Washington DC, USA, 14 December 2012. At least twenty-seven people, including eighteen children, were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 14 December.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDSUS President Barack Obama wipes away a tear while delivering remarks on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, at the White House in Washington DC, USA, 14 December 2012. At least twenty-seven people, including eighteen children, were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 14 December.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Washington - A tearful President Barack Obama says the country’s leaders must “take meaningful action” regardless of politics in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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The president teared up, 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.”

Text of President Barack Obama’s address to the nation after Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, as provided by CQ Transcriptions:

“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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 Dec 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM Ovadia Says:

This garbage cannot be allowed to continue. It seems that every few weeks, there is another mass shooting, whether at a movie theater, shopping mall, college campus, high school, and now elementary school. Even in Eretz Yisrael, which has in the past seen scores of terrorist incidents, these kinds of mass shootings by some individual lunatic, in public places, just doesn't happen. Now that Obama has been reelected, he is going to have to authorize federal aid to all public elementary, middle, high school, and private parochial schools in the USA, to have armed guards, and metal detectors at all schools. Since the government has eliminated these kinds of incidents at our airports, and on board commercial flights, there is no reason why this scourge can't be eliminated from our schools.

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 Dec 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM Anonymous Says:

I think that the only way I can feel I can help in this horrible situation is to support the Brady Campaign for ending Gun violence in America. I also donated to Yad Vashem too as this is another form of holocaust against Mankind. Never Again.

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM elections have major consequences! Says:

Ban ban ban all he wants to do is ban. We have a constitutional right to bear arms. He doesn't like the constitution because it gets in His way but its too darn bad on him.

Last time I checked, people die because of airplanes ... ban them! People are stabbed... can't have that, ban knives.

People elect incompetent leaders... nothing wrong there. Ah, finally SOMETHING Obama is ok with keeping.

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM Buchwalter Says:

Reply to #1  
Ovadia Says:

This garbage cannot be allowed to continue. It seems that every few weeks, there is another mass shooting, whether at a movie theater, shopping mall, college campus, high school, and now elementary school. Even in Eretz Yisrael, which has in the past seen scores of terrorist incidents, these kinds of mass shootings by some individual lunatic, in public places, just doesn't happen. Now that Obama has been reelected, he is going to have to authorize federal aid to all public elementary, middle, high school, and private parochial schools in the USA, to have armed guards, and metal detectors at all schools. Since the government has eliminated these kinds of incidents at our airports, and on board commercial flights, there is no reason why this scourge can't be eliminated from our schools.

well said ,killing is murder and civilized people don't cherish and have a fetish of guns

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM Simplogic Says:

Reply to #1  
Ovadia Says:

This garbage cannot be allowed to continue. It seems that every few weeks, there is another mass shooting, whether at a movie theater, shopping mall, college campus, high school, and now elementary school. Even in Eretz Yisrael, which has in the past seen scores of terrorist incidents, these kinds of mass shootings by some individual lunatic, in public places, just doesn't happen. Now that Obama has been reelected, he is going to have to authorize federal aid to all public elementary, middle, high school, and private parochial schools in the USA, to have armed guards, and metal detectors at all schools. Since the government has eliminated these kinds of incidents at our airports, and on board commercial flights, there is no reason why this scourge can't be eliminated from our schools.

Merkaz Harav?

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #3  
elections have major consequences! Says:

Ban ban ban all he wants to do is ban. We have a constitutional right to bear arms. He doesn't like the constitution because it gets in His way but its too darn bad on him.

Last time I checked, people die because of airplanes ... ban them! People are stabbed... can't have that, ban knives.

People elect incompetent leaders... nothing wrong there. Ah, finally SOMETHING Obama is ok with keeping.

Your argument is illogical and ridiculous. Guns have only one function- to kill. Airplanes and knives obviously have other useful purposes. Only the gun manufacturers benefit from our American paranoia.

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 Dec 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM Anonymous Says:

We need to ban ALL ownership of guns by people.

This will, according to the usual parlance of anti-gun activists, reduce the chances that a criminal with a gun will have any need to shoot, since there will be less chance of resistance.

Makes sense to me.

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