Obama hints at gun control in wake of Connecticut shooting

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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • banjo kid

    Never let a crisis go to waste . This type of attack could be stopped if only we did not let our guard down, I understand they had security in place about two weeks prior to the attack. Something failed as no one was at the door to greet this fellow . Good idea to have all schools in lock down and passes to enter or leave. metal detectors at the entrance would be one idea that may help. The real tragedy is nothing will stop a determined nut case from killing someone. From bomb making to bows they can find a venue for murder , they can find weapons of killing even if it is not a gun, they will succeed at killing if they want to . We truly live in a world of evil, which could have been avoided if God had of remained in our public schools, prayer was the only thing that held us together and it has been taken away from our most innocent . I see a lot of prayer taking place after the fact but none before. The removal of God from the schools was a bad idea and a monumental mistake. His great hand He has taken off of our children in school and all that needs to done to get His hand back is allow us to pray in school. I know there will be the non believers that will come and post against this, I expect it.