A very somber and visibly emotional President Barack Obama addressed the American public about the horrendous murder of at least 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT this morning.
President Obama began his statement by saying he had spoken to Connecticut Governor Malloy and offered his condolences on behalf of the nation. He went to say that he offered any and all resources that may be needed to help with the investigation, as well as helping the victims and their families deal with the tragedy.
President Obama told the American people he reacted to the news of the shooting not as the President, but as a parent. He then continued by saying:
"there is not a parent in US who does not feel the same overwhelming grief as I do".
He noted that the majority of those who were killed were children between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old. The President then paused, wiping away tears before continuing to say:
"They had their whole lives ahead of them."
President Obama wipes away a tear as the speaks to reporters about the tragedy at a school in Newton, Ct.
Mentioning the shootings at the movie theater in Aura, Colorado earlier this year, as well as the most recent tragic shooting incident at a mall in Portland, Oregon, the President continued his address by saying there has been too many incidents of gun violence in recent years and
"We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to stop more incidents like these, regardless of the politics."
He told the American people that nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, but as fellow Americans, we can offer our hand to those in need and provide what support we can.
Before quoting Psalm 147:3, he ended his address by saying:
"This evening Michelle and I will do what every parent in America will do - hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them. There are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us tonight. May god bless the memory of the victims and in the words of scripture heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds."