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Obama vows to take action to stop mass shooting and "end tragedies"

Published on Dec 17, 2012 10:24 AM
People hold hands in a bar near Sandy Hook Elementary School as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in Newtown, Connecticut, Dec 16, 2012. Obama on Sunday consoled the Connecticut town shattered by the massacre of 20 young schoolchildren, lauding residents' courage in the face of tragedy and saying the United States was not doing enough to protect its children. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - US President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to use all his power to make sure that shooting tragedies like the one that left 20 small children and six adults dead in Newtown are not repeated.

"We can't accept events like this as routine," Mr Obama told a poignant multi-faith vigil in the Connecticut town. "We as a nation are left with some hard questions. These tragedies have to end, and to end them we must change."

An impassioned Mr Obama offered the "love and prayers of a nation" to families of the victims, saying all Americans stood by their side in mourning the tragic loss.

"I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief; that our world, too, has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you," Mr Obama said.

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