This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences for his career, and made it clear that on this occasion he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

We’ve caused too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, seeking approval, but as anybody else would as a parent.  And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.  [Pause]  They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, [wipe a tear from your eye] kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, [wipe another] men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfil their dreams.

As a political system, we have caused this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a mosque in Iraq, or a wedding in Afghanistan, or a village in Pakistan, these are neighbourhoods with children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics, but mindful of the arms industry.
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