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Tearful Obama calls for action after school shooting

Published on Dec 15, 2012 5:54 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Choking up and wiping away tears, President Barack Obama said on Friday “our hearts are broken” for the victims of a deadly shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called for “meaningful action”to prevent such violence.

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” Mr Obama said during a televised appearance in the White House briefing room just hours after one of the worst mass shootings in United States (US) history.

Pausing to collect himself as he expressed “overwhelming grief” as a parent, Mr Obama deplored the “heinous” attack by a heavily armed gunman at a school in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 26 people, including 20 children. The shooter is also dead, police said.

Mr Obama, who has responded to previous shooting massacres by citing the need for a national conversation about gun violence, again stopped short of calling for tougher gun-control laws, considered a politically risky in a country known for its flourishing gun culture.

US President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington on Dec 14, 2012. Mr Obama expressed "overwhelming grief" for the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called on Americans to set aside politics and "take meaningful action" to prevent more tragedies of this kind. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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