Obama Calls For ‘Meaningful Action’ After Shooting

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

    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.”

    Shortly before speaking, Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

    Below is 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.”

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    2 thoughts on “Obama Calls For ‘Meaningful Action’ After Shooting

    1. Is it politics or lethargy then, a structural country like the United States still cannot fix such serious mater like the GUN issues in two thousand twelve? As a parent, I still do not understand and even accept it. Let’s hope this is the last mindful fax for future!

    2. upto I looked at the paycheck for $5155, I didnt believe that my sister woz like realy erning money parttime on there computar.. there aunt has done this for under twenty months and a short time ago paid the dept on there appartment and bourt themselves a Mini Cooper. this is where I went…. Bit40.ℂOℳ

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