Obama chokes up, tears up during statement on CT grade school shooting

First the video of the President’s statement about the Connecticut school shooting, and below, the text of the statement. This part was good to hear. But let’s see if there’s ever really any action, because there never is:

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.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
_________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release December 14, 2012

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
ON SCHOOL SHOOTING IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
3:15 P.M. EST

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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  • beerbob

    Over the last 20 years this is the one thing in common that all the mass Shooters/ US Bombers had in common. They were all on antipsychotic meds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhO0Pul_FcE&feature=player_embedded Read the side effects on these things. This is the real problem!

  • angryspittle

    Fucking hypocrite. How many fucking kids have our drone attacks killed? Are they less worthy?

  • Ford Prefect

    Thank you htfd and ezpz. Spot on. Zaid Jilani tweeted something that makes too much sense as well: “I used to be for gun control, but then I realized it doesn’t have a proven record of reducing violence. Promoting justice does.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that.

    It’s bad enough that kids have access to so much firepower. What’s worse is the fact these kids are raised in a culture that glorifies not only violence, but specifically reactionary, or vengeful violence. Now most kids understand that’s wrong, but not all of them do. Revenge fantasies are all over the TV and in the movies. Movies that win Oscars with stars that are celebrated across the culture.

    Just yesterday or today, HuffPo printed up a poll showing American’s general support for torture. I would submit there is no greater moral indicator than one’s position on torture, since even murder has the concept of “justifiable homicide” built into it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/torture-poll-2012_n_2301492.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

    If torture is literally okay with most Americans, with 19% even saying torture is justified all of the time, then perhaps fetishizing guns is the lesser of two problems here. Perhaps are colonial disregard for human life elsewhere has finally come home to bite us in our collective derrières.

  • ezpz

    Not off topic at all. Cognitive dissonance on the part of the president and others is what it is…

    Lucinda Marshall has a nice piece about this. Her list is right on, but the one that jumped out at me was the one about drones:

    The Sandy Hook massacre isn’t just about the need for gun control laws, it is about a culture that condones the killing of children and teaches children that killing is okay…..

    ……..It is about thinking we have the right to kill children with drones or by dropping toxic munitions on their countries that cause birth defects and miscarriages

    ….

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/12/15-3

  • samizdat

    Our country loves violence so deeply and thoroughly, we’ve been kind enough to export it to other countries, either by drone-BAMA-ing innocents into hamburger, or exporting the overproduction of arms to the planet. This is what makes this country so great: the ability to effect a bloody outcome to any situation anywhere. From the mentally unhealthy with a paranoiac urge to kill, to Mexican cartels, Congolese rebels, the list for profit is endless.

    We not only fed the beast, we have created it.

  • htfd

    May be off topic, but what about all the children killed by drones? Is there a difference between being blown to death and shot to death? Isn’t a child in the US just as much a child in Afghanistan?

  • Ford Prefect

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

    Okay then. How’s that going to happen when even raising the issue results in a quip from Carney, “Today’s not the day to talk about it”? How much hypocrisy can one nation endure? (I have no idea, but it’s apparently a lot.)

    Two things worth noting in this context:

    1) Obama nixed an arms control treaty dealing with small arms because it would have pissed off the arms manufacturers and he wasn’t about to do that.

    2) Every week, President Obama orders drone strikes that kill innocent children. Also too, the US Army is now officially targeting children in Afghanistan, apparently aping the IDF’s odious practices.

    http://livingunderdrones.org/numbers/

  • AnitaMann

    He wants “meaningful action” he says. Okay, let’s hold it to him. Grieve this weekend, action begins on Monday. IMO any meaningful action must include telling the NRA to go to hell.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Indeed. I view the gun-owning obsession as a symptom of a society that all but worships violence, and looks to violent solutions to problems as a first or second resort and not the last.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Oh but of course — I forgot about that one.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The only safety courses required down here in NM are for those under 18 applying for a hunting license or for an adult to get a concealed carry permit. Adult hunters and those buying handguns or long-guns don’t need to pass any kind of safety course — you just have to not be flagged in the FBI’s NICS database.

    We’re also a no-regulation open-carry state, and must-issue on concealed-carry permits.

  • Naja pallida

    Not nothing… he signed the bill to allow people to carry firearms in national parks. You know how important that was.

    Smokey the Bear was shot here.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    I completely agree, and am a huge advocate of safety courses.

    In Missouri, these courses are mandatory before you can obtain a hunting license. (Not own a gun, mind you.) And, out of around 230,000 deer tagged a year we average around ten accidental shootings.

    That’s pretty amazing, all because people have been taught how to use a weapon responsibly.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Obama doesn’t care about this, and neither does America. If we did, we’d not only be going after the symptoms of the problem but the underlying sociological problems that lead to increased gun violence.

    Besides, our allies (and we) kill children all the !@#$ing time. Somehow it’s acceptable because we use military-grade weaponry.

  • A reader in Colorado

    “Obama’s nothing like the mean gun confiscator the Republicans paint him to be. Republicans are so mean. Obama acts like a Republican and still they dis him Yay Obama!” (waves pom-poms).

  • alan

    fair response – but no plan to prevent the exact same event from happening tomorrow. nothing.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Apparently he’s been too busy confiscating Amurkin’s guns the last four years and giving them to Muslim-Mexican drug gangs and terrorists. And passing law after law to take away people’s guns takes a whole lot of energy and time.

    Oh right. That never happened. Hell, we haven’t even seen a renewal of the assault rifle ban or the ban on high-capacity magazines. In fact, there’s been… gee, nothing.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    We need more than prayers and good wishes. We need action.

    We also need to know how and why a mentally ill young adult male was able to acquire firearms, and at least make it as rigorous to own a gun as it is to own and drive a car.

    And before all the gun enthusiasts jump in with their “Hey, I took safety courses and I do all the right things with respect to keeping trigger locks on and my weapons secure in a safe” — let me say this: All of those things you do are admirable. I applaud and give deserved kudos for your diligence and sense of personal responsibility. The point is all those measures you take to keep your guns safe and out of the hands of kids and the mentally disturbed are, at this time, almost completely voluntary. I grew up in a family headed by a licensed dealer who, by time I moved out for college, had gone so far into paranoia, he had loaded guns in nearly every room in the house — and it was perfectly legal.

    It is long since past time to have a rational discourse on gun control. However, I’d also add that this disease of violence goes deeper into the American soul than most of us are willing to admit.

  • A reader in Colorado

    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.

    It would be good, President Obama, if when you got done with reacting as a parent, you would react like a President with regard to these tragedies.

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

    Good, I agree. So I take from that you will be proposing some sensible gun laws before the next tragedy? No? What exactly do you mean? I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not as if your administration has been in the forefront of controlling senseless gun violence in the past, now has it?

  • Donewithdems

    Oh boo, hoo, hoo. What are you doing about it Mr. President. Beyond the “heartfelt prayers and thoughts for the families” absolutely nothing. As usual.

  • Naja pallida

    Personally, he can shed all the tears he wants. He has done absolutely nothing on the issue, despite how many mass shootings on his watch? Despite a member of Congress gunned down at a public event? I’m sorry, but your tears don’t mean a thing if you have no intention of actually addressing the problems, and don’t even really have an actual stance on the issue beyond obligatory outrage.

  • A_nonymoose

    Personally I would like to dump a bucket of blood on the doorstep of every gun seller in this nation, but we all know nothing will be done. Nothing.

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