This country has seen far too many deadly and unimaginable shootings by senseless minded individuals over the past decade or so. With the tragic shooting unfolding in Newtown, CT it has unfortunately, once again, put the whole country in a state of sober, mourning, and anger and have left people asking why.
President Obama has made too many emotional visits to heartbroken towns like Newtown, during his presidency than he would have liked. For towns struck by tragedy, seeing their president mourning and emotionally connecting with communities and families may mean everything to victim families and friends. Just this past summer, Obama went to Aurora, Colo., to visit victims and families after a shooting spree at a movie theater in the Denver suburb that left 12 innocent lives dead.
Last night, Obama made a very emotional and direct speech at a vigil in Newtown, CT, he expressed to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy that this was the most difficult day of his presidency. Obama began his speech mentioning that he came to offer the love and prayers from the nation. The president also said that he is very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts, and that he can only hope it helps the people in Newtown to know that they are not alone in their grief; that our world too has been torn apart.
“As a community you have inspired us Newtown, In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you’ve looked out for each other, and you’ve cared for one another, and you’ve loved one another,” Obama said.
He went on to mentioned that this is how Newtown will be remembered, and with time, and God’s grace, that love will see the people of Newtown through. The main focused in his speech remained to be the innocent children, along with the safety of this nation.
“As a parent our first task is caring for our children, It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged,” Obama said
Obama seen very tearful and struggling to put into words the unbelievable sorrow that 20 families now have to endure, while taking deep breaths the president proceeded to slowly read the first names of the 20 children that lives had been taking. You could easily hear a pin drop inside the area and as he read the first names of children like James, Noah, and Jack you could hear people crying and sobbing with every name he read.
“God has called all of them home, For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory,” Obama said.
Local residents and pastors voiced their opinion after the president gave his speech.
“We needed this, we needed to be together here in this room, We needed to be together to show that we are together and united,” Rev. Matt Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church said.
“We’re halfway between grief and hope,” Curt Brantl a parent who’s fourth grader was in the library during the shooting said.
Towards the end of the speech Obama talked about how he will do everything in his power to assure that horrifying tragedies like this never happen again. This of course have people all over the nation questioning and wanting new Gun control laws, and the topic of Mental health has resurfaced and has become a much talked about topic as the main motive for these mass shootings.
What do you believe should be done to make sure types of shootings like this do not happen again?
Obama Offers Love, Prayers of Nation in Newtown
President Barack Obama is offering the Connecticut town grappling with the aftermath of a deadly school shooting “the love and prayers of a nation.”
President Obama speaks at interfaith vigil for Connecticut shooting victims
President Barack Obama Vigil Speech as Obama spoke here Sunday night at the vigil in memory of the people killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.