Cautious Obama faces gun control pressure after shooting
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The latest mass shooting in the United States - this time with 20 children among the dead - is triggering a deluge of calls for President Barack Obama to address gun control, a politically sensitive issue which he avoided during his first term in the White House.
With the nation in shock over the carnage on Friday, Mr Obama went on television and wiped away tears as he mourned the slain, which included six adults killed at the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school and another elsewhere.
The president stressed he was particularly saddened as a parent. He and wife Michelle have two young daughters.
"We have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this," Mr Obama said in his weekly radio address on Saturday.