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Obama: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' for Conn. Victims

December 14, 2012  | 

Screenshot via White House.
Screenshot via White House.

President Obama told a grieving nation that "our hearts are broken" by a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of at least 27 people, including 20 children.

During remarks from the White House, an emotional Obama said he reacted to the incident not as a president but as a parent. Often pausing to get through his remarks, Obama pledged "meaningful action" to prevent such future killings, perhaps hinting at future legislation.

"The majority of those who died today were children—beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," Obama said. "They had their entire lives ahead of them—birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Watch Obama's entire speech here.

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Tags: Barack Obama, Sandy Hook School Shooting, School Shootings


Comments (12)

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Doc @ 12/14/2012 8:48 PM

Obama is already gearing up for gun control, when that does Not work and never will. This was a "gun free zone" and that make it deadly for everyone there, and did nothing to stop that evil coward from executing anyone he wanted to kill. Gun control is Not about guns or criminals, it's just about Control over the decent people. It's a shame that these elected hacks will do nothing to the violent criminals, but they want to screw the decent people. The criminal justice system is broken, because the violent criminals never pay the price and always get back on the streets, as we leep arresting the same violent criminals over and over, only to have a soft Judge or D.A. turn them loose again. They always want to "fix" a problem by punishing the decent law abiding people, by violating the 2nd Amendment rights of the majority, while letting the violent criminals off the hook again. Obama is going to do his best to ruin our Country, maybe by Executive Order this time. Look at history, Hitler had people that followed him blindly, and Hitler killed millions after gun control made it easy to disarm the public........ and there were many people of all ages killed, including children.

Rick @ 12/14/2012 9:58 PM

Does he grieve for the US citizens and Mexican citizens that were killed because of his illegal Fast and Furious debacle? Swimming pools and car crashes kill more children accidentally than firearms (CDC statistics), but his buddies don't want to ban pools and cars.

John @ 12/15/2012 1:17 AM

To a deranged chicken shit pussy, a school (especially elementary) is a target rich school with usually no form of resistance. Below are some of my thoughts:

1) Maybe we could have more armed school security guards in this country if it wasn't for the politically correct administrators worrying about public image. Or, the concern of being sued by some low life, democrat party supporting trial lawyer in a frivolous lawsuits.

2.) Maybe some of the billions of dollars spent on foreign aid (to countries that hate us anyway) could be shifted to school security infrastructure and staffing.

John @ 12/15/2012 1:19 AM

strike school, replace with environment

Gary Justice @ 12/15/2012 2:52 AM

It is time to ban all guns in America. How many more must die before we see the harm that a old outdated second admindment is allowing for more Americans to die each year than in 911 and Iraq and Afghanistan

FireCop @ 12/15/2012 7:02 AM

Ban all guns isn't the answer because criminals won't be part of the ban; they will still be armed. That's such a stupid debate. This country is heading down the toilet. We had a chance to change things for the better last November but by a thin margin, voters decided they liked where we are headed. Well we make our bed so we have to lie in it. Be prepared for 4 more years of this kind of angry citizenship and outrage. American is a badly divided country right now and so many people are near or going over the edge. There are early warning signs that are going without notice due to all of the PC concerns. We need to wake up, soon. Stay safe.

Retired Boss @ 12/15/2012 1:29 PM

It's amazing how everyone is blaming this on the guns. We have had person portable (being PC) automatic weapons and semi automatic pistols around since the first world war. Semi automatic rifles since the second world war. Where were all these incidents then. It's not the guns, it's the society.

On Patrol @ 12/15/2012 4:37 PM

The problem isn't guns. I deal with more incidents a month involving incidents with edged weapons and blunt objects. The problem is society's support of mental health treatment. This case as in many other cases in recent history will show one thing. This individual has been seen or identified as having some kind of mental health issue. Thank Obama Care for totally jacking up our health care system and making it more and more difficult for those who need mental health treatement to receive it. I feel sorry for the liberals and invite any and all of them to ride with me for one shift so they can get a true taste of what society really needs. All of us who have been there know it's definitely not gun control. Be safe my brothers, remain forever vigilant and keep fighting the good fight. Our children deserve better...

John @ 12/16/2012 1:26 AM

Owebama was not crying in his initial statement. Per my human anatomy lessons, tear glands are located nasally in the human eye, not on the outside edge where this cretin was wiping. If he truly WAS crying, then the tears would have ran down his nose or at least next to it due to the effect of gravity and the position/inclination of his head during his speech.

It is categorically physically impossible for any tears he was producing during the filming of that video to have traveled to the outside corners of his eyes to then be wiped away.

Don’t believe me? Look it up online.

Blatant fraud.

Lie after lie.

And America doesn’t care. They revel in it

ChiefP @ 12/17/2012 7:31 AM

@ Gary Justice, if you are ignorant in general I could see why you would make a statement like this. If you are ignorant on facts behind things like this please try and educate yourself prior to making anymore kneejerk comments that will not help any part of this situation or ones that happen in the future. The people worried about guns or capacity need to spend their time and effort in making the schools more secure and that is a much more viable way to fix these issues. Spend 1% of the money we send overseas on school security. Start a federal school police department that would place officers for SRO in every school in the USA and have strick rules on security in schools for the administration. Easy fixes that would work when anything about banning firearms or high capacity mags will do nothing.

Bob @ VA @ 12/17/2012 10:02 AM

On patrol - Very well said. The core of these murders is a failed to nonexistent mental health system. Thank you for your courageous service.

marshal @ 12/19/2012 7:28 AM

Restricting guns isn't the answer. Giving judges less ability to lessen the punishment for offenders, changing or defining the bullshit HIPPA laws to allow police to have certain information like a name or when someone is getting released from the hospital also with HIPPA there should be a data base with names of people treated for mental illness that triggers an alarm if they try to purchase guns and like sex offenders certain mental illnesses should be registered with the police. Stop allowing the media to sensationalize the events so that some screwball isn't sitting there saying "I can kill more then he did and be more famous". Change the laws so we can do more before something happens instead of having to wait until after someone kills someone. Update all laws especially juvenile laws so more can be done. Fix the problem of the criminals having the rights and the victims having none. Quit rewarding felons with free room, board, medical, dental, tv, movies, education and not paying taxes when they go to prison. We don't even give our senior citizens that type of great benefits but we give it to people that have lost their rights and are in prison. Kind of screwed up if you ask me. "The USA, Kill someone and be treated like a celebrity and a superstar. No need to pay taxes and we will house you, feed you, educate you, and pay all your medical bills. But be an honest citizen and we will screw you" Merry Christmas.

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