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article imageVideo: Obama's Dec. 15 weekly address focuses on Sandy Hook

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By Can Tran     Dec 15, 2012 in Politics
In his weekly address to the nation, United States President Barack Obama solely focused on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that claimed the lives of many children.
United States President President Barack Obama, earlier today in his weekly address to the nation, focused on what happened yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut. For those that have yet to check the news, Newtown ended up being host to what is called the 2nd deadliest shooting in United States history. The Virginia Tech Massacre, back in spring of 2007, still lists at the top of being the deadliest shooting in the country. However, the circumstances of Newtown have set the wheels in motion for a serious debate on gun rights. Why? The shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary where most of the victims were children between the ages of 5 and 10 years of age.
When making his weekly address, Obama spoke in words that would resonate with the country. He said that parents in the country feel weight in their hearts as a result of what happened. The weight is that of hurt. Also, Obama said that he and his wife Michelle are doing what every parent is doing. In this brief weekly address, dedicated to what happened, Obama talked about how the innocence of the children have been taken away too early. He once again used the line of “meaningful action.”
While Republicans would make their address, they decided not to. This is out of respect for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. GOP House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who Obama is in battle with over the “fiscal cliff,” said that Obama could speak for the nation at this time. Boehner said that he joins the president in sending in prayers to those close to the victims.
According to law enforcement officials investigating the shooting, the motive of Adam Lanza remains unclear. The shooter has been identified as Adam Lanza. Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam, was mistaken as the shooter earlier on. This is due to the mix-up between names.
In regards to Obama's weekly addressed, Obama used the phrase “meaningful action” yesterday when having a press conference on the situation.
New York City (NYC) Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the “meaningful action” phrase by Obama when he first used it. Bloomberg said that immediate action is needed as “meaningful action” isn't being sufficient enough.
Washington Post reports that the Sunday political talk shows such as “Meet the Press” on NBC and “Face the Nation” on CBS will be focused on the Sandy Hook shootings. Mayor Bloomberg will be on Meet the Press on Sunday. Face the Nation will have the following guests: Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, GOP Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, and Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign.
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