Tearful Obama calls for action after school shooting

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:32pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington December 14, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tearful President Barack Obama expressed "overwhelming grief" on Friday for the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called on Americans to set aside politics and "take meaningful action" to prevent more tragedies of this kind.

"Our hearts are broken today," Obama said, his voice breaking at times during a nationally televised appearance in the White House briefing room.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick)

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Comments (3)
AlkalineState wrote:
Ths was a slaughter of children. Gun terrorism is on the rise. There is something wrong with the heart of this country now.

Dec 14, 2012 4:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
0okm9ijn wrote:
If this does not compel our sensibilities to rationality, then let us all be damned!

Dec 14, 2012 4:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VonHell wrote:
Will they ban arms sales? No…
Will they make arms impossibly expensive to buy with taxes, licence costs? No…
Will they make fines, bails, and punishment for crimes with arms so harsh to the point we will feel for the criminals the same pity we feel for the kids? No…

So crying is the only thing they will do…
If guns were banned, only criminals and police would carry guns … the way it should be …

Dec 14, 2012 4:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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