Weekly Address: Nation Grieves for Those Killed in Tragic Shooting in Newtown, CT

The President:
On Friday, we learned that
more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened
fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of those who died were just
young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America
has a heart heavy with hurt. 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. We grieve for the
families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the
parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are
to have their children home, they know that their child’s
innocence has been torn away far too early. As a nation, we have endured far
too many of these tragedies in the last few years. An elementary school in Newtown. A shopping mall in Oregon. A house of worship in Wisconsin. A movie theater in Colorado. Countless street corners
in places like Chicago and Philadelphia. Any of these neighborhoods
could be our own. So we have to come together and
we’re going to have to take meaningful action to prevent
more tragedies like this from happening. Regardless the politics. This weekend, Michelle and I are
doing what I know every parent is doing — holding our children
as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them. There are families in
Connecticut who can’t do that today. And they need all
of us right now. Because while nothing can take
the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend
a hand to those in need — to remind them that
we’re there for them; that we’re praying for them;
and that the love they felt for those they lost endures not
just in their own memories, but also in their community,
and in their country. Thank you and God bless you.

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