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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.
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President Obama Makes a Statement on the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

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Furong Lai published on December 16, 2012
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