On Sunday evening, President Barack Obama flew to Newton, Connecticut to speak at the vigil for the victims who lost their love ones during the “Sandy Hook Elementary School” shooting on Friday.
On stage at the Interfaith vigil, with grieving families and friends of the 27 deceased children and adults in attendance at the Newtown High School, the President had this to say:
“We can’t accept events like this as routine,” he said. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that the violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”
If there’s even one step we can take to save one child, or one parent, or one town from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try.”
He then added:
“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,” he said. “Because what choice do we have?”
Watch the video below: