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President Obama Speaks At Newtown Vigil: VIDEO


President Obama flew to Newtown, Connecticut, today to appear at a vigil behind held for the victims of Friday's elementary school shooting.

"I am very mindful that words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, but whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide," said Obama in the teary speech. All across this land of ours, we have wept with you... Newtown, you are not alone."

This is the fourth trip President Obama has taken to the site of a mass shooting, something not lost on the commander-in-chief, who implored the country, "We can do better than this."

The most emotional and visibly difficult moment came toward the end of the president's 17-minute speech, when he read the names of the 20 children who were shot and killed. It's powerful.

Watch President Obama console and mourn with Newtown, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I have seen a lot of horrible, insensitive stuff posted all weekend about this, most of it in the name of Xtianity. The media is solely to blame for this. Gun control won't do anything. In fact, there was a mass murder of school children in China recently where the person used knives. What's next? Knife control? We have to stop paying so much attention to the people who perpetrate this nonsense. They keep trying to outdo each other. One more sad, mentally ill person decided to go out with a bang, and the media rushes to RANK the killers. It makes me sick.

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 17, 2012 9:57:50 AM

  2. No, Mary. Brazil and South America? Are you on drugs, Mary?

    As for 'crime' in general, U.S. levels are comparable to Canada and in fact lower some comparable western nations. Our rate of so-called mass shootings is actually comparable to the EU as a whole, and in fact similar acts of mass violence are not unusual in other parts of the world like China or even Japan.

    Mary, on a yearly basis, where do most murders within the U.S. statistically occur? Small CT towns? No Mary, it's in fact VERY rare to occur in places like Newtown. By far most violent crime and murders where 'Murder Weapons' are used occur in a few urban areas, involve young men, gangs, broken families, and drug trafficking or hustling of some kind. In fact, it's so regular and commonplace in these areas that few any longer pay attention. But people perk up when it occurs in Newtown, CT. What do we as a society, Mary, do about our perniciously intransigent uber high violent crime rate in our urban areas? Mo' money? It's been an epidemic for the past 40-50 years, Mary. The only reason it's been like this for so long, and is tacitly accepted, is because it rarely involves our elite classes, their children and grandchildren. It rarely involves or affects even our so-called middle class of all 'races'. It affects primarily 'poor' people of all 'races'. What are we going to do, Mary?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 17, 2012 10:03:52 AM

  3. Guns are a worldwide not just an American dilemma. What can be done? The planet is gun happy. The. fact toys are sold in any shape or form of a gun is beyond belief. And these games. So violent. Someone I work with showed me images of his garage and it is a room full of weaponry. I was dumbfounded. What do I do? Risk my life or my families? As I said Sydney is not far behind...every other day another shooting. What can be done?

    Posted by: john | Dec 17, 2012 10:12:25 AM

  4. Gun control is desperately needed in the US.

    The 2nd Amendment is a license to own any type of murder weapon when there is no justification for the VAST majority of people to own a murder weapon.

    Tragedies like this keep happening - and ever more frequently.

    Gun control is essential.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 17, 2012 10:39:34 AM

  5. "England and Wales: 6.2 firearms for every 100 people. In 2011: 41 homicides by firearm - 0.07 per 100,000 population. 6.6% of all homicides are by firearm.

    US: 88.8 firearms for every 100 people
    2011: 9,146 homicides by firearm - 2.97 per 100,000 population. 60% of all homicides are by firearm.
    Source: UNODC"

    Effectively this says that the US has a murder rate 42 times greater than that in Britain.

    Now either we Americans are naturally more violent and murderous than British people; or our lack of gun control is to blame (people in Britain watch the same movies, play the same video games as is after all).

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 17, 2012 10:46:14 AM

  6. LOL @ everyone repeating "Ratbastard".

    Posted by: Jake Orlando | Dec 17, 2012 12:11:22 PM

  7. atheists: You may be pleased to hear that the Religious Right is fuming about the interfaith service for not having enough mentions of "Jesus". I personally have no problem with a service of this sort referencing "God" rather than "Jesus". I also have no problem with an atheist speaking, but we aren't there yet as a society. (If you're lucky, we're only as far as Unitarians.)

    BTW - At the 9/11 interfaith service in (whose?) stadium, a Missouri Synod (=conservative) Lutheran pastor was charged with heresy for not "praying in Jesus' name". Thankfully (but surprisingly) he was acquitted.

    gun contol: many do not deal with the present reality of a surfeit of weapons.

    It's interesting that marriage equality "fails" when the discussion is rights, but anti-gun control "succeeds" with the discussion of rights.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 17, 2012 3:36:31 PM

  8. What a good and decent man is our President!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 17, 2012 4:46:30 PM

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