Barack Obama Forty-Fourth President
(2009 to 2017)
Expresses Nation's Grief Over Tragic Killings In Newtown, CT
White House - December 15, 2012
On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed
when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown,
Most of those who died were just young children
with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America
has a heart heavy with hurt.
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. We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in
our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as
they are to have their children home, they know that their child's
innocence has been torn away far too early.
As a nation, we
have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years.
An elementary school in Newtown. A shopping mall in Oregon. A house
of worship in Wisconsin. A movie theater in Colorado. Countless
street corners in places like Chicago and Philadelphia.
of these neighborhoods could be our own. So we have to come together
and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this.
Regardless of the politics.
This weekend, Michelle and I are
doing what I know every parent is doing – holding our children as
close as we can and reminding them how much we love them.
There are families in Connecticut who can't do that today. And they
need all of us now. Because while nothing can take the place 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; and that the love they felt for those they lost
endures not just in their own memories, but also in their community,
and their country.