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“In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort to prevent more tragedies like this…”Because what choice do we have?”
Yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech at the interfaith prayer vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which claimed a total of 26 lives this past Friday.
In what many are deeming “a call for social change,” the Commander in Chief gave the crowd at Newtown High School his condolences on their losses, as well as offered his most promising solutions make sure tragedies like these are put to an end in America.
In an excerpt from his speech, Obama stated:
Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?
Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know they are loved and teaching them to love in return?
Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?
I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims.
And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America, victims whose — much of the time their only fault was being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.
The speech can be viewed in its entirety here.