“We Cannot Tolerate This Anymore”, President Obama Speaks Forcefully On Shootings. Pledges Action!

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In an emotional, forceful speech, President Barack Obama told the people of Newtown, Connecticut emotionally riven by the shootings Friday that murdered 20 children and seven adults and the nation that “We can’t tolerate this (shootings of children and others) any more. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.” The President told hundreds gathered for an interfaith prayer service in the auditorium of Newtown High School that “Newtown you are not alone”. Mr. Obama told the crowd and those watching on TV or online that we came “to offer the love and prayers of a nation,” and that he was “mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow.” The President talked about the courage of the staff at Sandy Hook Elementary and in the most emotional part of his remarks slowly read the first names of each of the slain children saying that “God has called them all home”.  But the other powerful parts of the President’s remarks were a pledge that its time to draw a line in the sand on the issue of violence to children in America.  President Obama declared “Can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we are doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm?” The President added, “If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We are not doing enough, and we will have to change.”

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