President Obama Statement on Shooting

President Obama made a statement on the shooting in Connecticut today.  He also issued a proclamation ordering all flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on December 18, 2012.

Text of speech:

THE PRESIDENT:  This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller.  I offered Governor 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’s 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.

Links:

President Obama Speaks on the Shooting in Connecticut (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/14/president-obama-speaks-shooting-connecticut)

Presidential Proclamation–Honoring the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/14/presidential-proclamation-honoring-victims-shooting-newtown-connecticut)

Full text of statement by the President (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/14/statement-president-school-shooting-newtown-ct)

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3 thoughts on “President Obama Statement on Shooting

  1. I am both sad and angry.The President’s words are heartfelt and sincere. Yet, we need for him to do what he has not done on this issue – be a leader. We will not get this from the NRA allegiant GOP. We need him to get us back to some sense of sanity. This shit has got to stop. We have more guns than the people in this country. We at the very minimum we need to reinstate the Brady Bill that the shortsightged Congress let expire in 2004. Many tnanks, BTG

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    • I think a lot of people are grieving and trying to come to terms with what happened. To find some sort of explanation to a situation that we might never know the “reason” behind why the shooter did what he did. I know that even today if I think about it for any length of time I want to cry and get angry at the shooter.

      The Brady Bill would be a start, as would mental health initiatives and more funding for schools. The other issue is to deal with the prescription medications where “violent outbursts” are a common enough side effect to be stated on the commercials. Most of those are used to fight depression of all things.

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