An emotional President Obama spoke out against the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday afternoon, remembering the children and teachers who died in today’s tragedy. The president reflected on the nation’s high rate of massacres and called on lawmakers to take “meaningful action” to prevent these kind of massacres from taking place in the future. Preliminary reports indicate that at least 27 people, including 20 children and 6 adults, were killed by a 24-year-old gunman who also died at the scene.
“As a country, we have been through this too many times,” Obama said. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics.” Watch it:
During a press conference earlier today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to discuss specific actions Congress or the president could take to strengthen the nation’s gun laws. “Today is not the day, I believe as a father, a day to engage in the usual Washington policy debates,” he said.
The administration isn’t offering any more details on “meaningful action” today:
Pressed for details on “meaningful action” White House aides maintain that today isn’t the day to discuss it. Focus is on victims & families
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 14, 2012