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Obama promises to prevent repeat of school tragedy

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President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, in Newtown, Connecticut.
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President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, in Newtown, Connecticut.

The U.S. town shattered by last week’s school shooting prepared on Monday for the first two funerals, including the one for the youngest victim, while officials weren’t sure whether the school itself would ever reopen.

The first funerals were planned for six-year-old Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, who had his birthday two weeks ago. They would be buried a day after President Barack Obama said he will use “whatever power” he has to prevent similar massacres.

Investigators have offered no motive for the shooting, and the Connecticut community struggled to comprehend what drove 20-year-old Adam Lanza to shoot children, most of them six and seven years old.

All the victims at the school apparently were shot more than once, and some of them were shot at close range, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver has said. Police said Lanza was carrying an arsenal of ammunition big enough to kill just about every student in the school if given enough time. He shot himself in the head just as he heard police drawing near, authorities said.

The shootings have restarted a debate in Washington about what politicians can to do help gun control or otherwise. Mr. Obama has called for “meaningful action” to prevent killings.

Versions of the AR-15, which Lanza used, were outlawed in the United States under the 1994 assault weapons ban. That law expired in 2004, and Congress, in a nod to the political power of the gun-rights lobby, did not renew it.

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Wonderful to see a leader who can genuinely share the grief of fellow citizens. Would Indian netas do this if something similar happens in India? I doubt it..

from:  DR
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 13:22 IST

America, as a society, has many questions to answer. Mass shootings,
unfortunately, have become too common in the country. This latest
episode has been the most heart wrenching. Perhaps, that is why it is
evoking response from the world over. May the Almighty give peace of
mind to those that really need it at the moment. Our thoughts and
prayers are with the slain children and their families.

from:  Ernie Els
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 11:55 IST

Can someone with the reach please beseech Obama to quickly go beyond experssions of solidarity and grief and act on the most important thing, namely strict gun control? As one of the leading respresentatives of the media, can you take up that job? Much like your excellent mission of abolishing the death penalty?

from:  Sunil Sherlekar
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 11:24 IST

I just wonder, how can people keep guns own their own. This is not for
the first time somebody running in with a gun and shooting innocent
people.

from:  Hari
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 10:57 IST

"Versions of the AR-15 were outlawed in the United States under the 1994 assault weapons ban. That law expired in 2004, and Congress, in a nod to the political clout of the gun-rights lobby, did not renew it."- Atleast USA should come forward to correct it. A word super power should first protect their own lands and prevent such mortality.

from:  Albin Thomas
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 10:08 IST

Such incidents are distressing to any civilized society and all should endeavor vigorously to ensure such things are never repeated. This is a great challenge to America.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 09:33 IST

Are prayers good enough to deal with the basic malady? It has been
reported that over 10,000 people have been killed in USA during this
year and this statistics speaks for itself. One feels so much for the
near and dear one of those killed, particularly the children. This
however, may not be the last of such shootings. Issues involved here
are essentially social and are also about frustration among people.
They are quite complex and only one of them is easy availability of
guns. Why should the killer kill his mother? Is it that an
individual’s anger against the society or the government or against no
one in particular cannot be expressed except by using a gun and taking
lives of innocent people? But more important question is why do people
think that they can solve their problems, whatever they may be, by
resorting to violence?
American citizens themselves have to seriously ponder whether the guns
are really required by them for self- protection.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 08:12 IST

An english writer has spoken on greatness and that is often quoted. " some are born great,
Some achieve greatness, and in some case, greatness is thrust on them " . President
Obama's past is well known. He achieved greatness. During the recent floods, he cancelled
His election tour to help the victims. Now he has cancelled important functions to be with
The parents of the dead, to share the grief of the entire American nation.

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012 at 08:05 IST
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