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'Our hearts are broken,' Obama says after school shooting

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-12-15

An emotional President Barack Obama said that the hearts of Americans were “broken” after the fatal shootings at a Connecticut school on Friday, calling for “meaningful action” to prevent such incidents in the future.

Wiping away tears, US President Barack Obama said that the hearts of Americans were “broken” after the fatal shootings at a Connecticut school and called for “meaningful action” in order to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“We have been through this too many times,” the president told reporters in a brief statement during which he paused to catch his bearings several times. “I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

Obama talked about the victims, noting “they had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own”.

The president has not made gun control one of his policy priorities during a first term, and he has not yet specified what new regulations he could push for in the wake of Friday’s tragedy.

But Obama did strike a decisive-sounding note. “We’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent tragedies like this,” he said.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2012-12-14

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