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President Obama Cries While Talking About Connecticut School Shooting

Fri, December 14, 2012 3:46pm EDT by Chloe Melas 11 Comments
President Obama Speech Connecticut Shotting
Courtesy of CNN

President Obama addressed the nation in the wake of the deadly school shooting on Dec. 14, that left 26 dead, which includes 20 kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

President Obama has asked that all flags be at half mast as a result of the deadly and devastating school shooting that left 26 dead in Connecticut on Dec. 14. The gunman Adam Lanza, reportedly shot and killed 26 people — this is the second largest school shooting massacre in U.S. history. President Obama couldn’t hold back the tears as he told the nation he was addressing everyone not as the President but as a father.

President Obama’s Speech on Sandy Hook Elementary School

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years and each time I hear the news, I react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. That was especially true today.

I  know there is 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 five 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.

Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and the families of those 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 no words will ease their pain.

As a country, we have been though this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, a shopping mall in Oregon, or a Temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, these children are our children.

We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action and prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

Tonight Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, we will hug our children a little tighter. And we will tell them that we love them.”

Details on the shooting and the alleged shooter are still emerging

The gunman, Adam, 20, was found with at least four weapons and ties to the school.

— Chloe Melas

More Details on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting:

  1. Connecticut School Shooting — Sandy Hook Elementary Gunman Identified as Ryan Lanza
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