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

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.

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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)
 

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