An obviously emotional President Obama addressed the nation Friday afternoon, just hours after a shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school left at least 27 people–including 18 children–dead. The president promised as-yet-unspecified action to prevent further such tragedies in the future.
Obama says he called Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy to offer condolences on behalf of the nation, and to promise to provide “every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, [and] counsel their families.”
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, and each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anyone else would: as a parent. And that was especially true today,” Obama says.
The president noted that the majority of dead were children between five and 10 years of age, and that “among the fallen were also teachers.”
In addition to condolences and to soothe a nation in an hour of grief, the president also pledged to see an end to the line of American gun violence.
“As a country, we have been through this too many times–whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, [Colo.], or a street corner in Chicago–these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children,” he says. “And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
Obama has never embraced gun control as an issue, but at this point, it appears he has begun to do so.
WATCH VIDEO OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FULL STATEMENT HERE: