Obama on school shooting: 'Our hearts are broken'

President says something needs to be done

WASHINGTON - With broken hearts, President Barack Obama said that America grieves for those lost and the families affected by the mass shooting in Connecticut.

In his weekly address, Obama mourned the 20 children and six adults killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown on Friday morning.

"Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them," he said. "Among the fallen were also teachers - men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams."

Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he delivered brief remarks on the shooting at the White House on Friday afternoon.

He said that the children killed in Connecticut and children killed in other tragedies "are our children."

Although he did not specifically address the issue of gun control on Friday or in his weekly address, Obama suggested in both statements that something had to be done.

"We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics," said Obama, the father of two girls.

The White House cancelled the president's scheduled trip to Maine on Wednesday, and House Speaker John Boehner announced there would not be a Republican weekly address so "President Obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning."


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