A young man, Adam Lanza, walked into his mother’s house, shot and killed her and then proceeded to his mother’s place of work. A school.
According to the Associated Press, the suspect drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother’s car. At the school, Adam Lanza opened fire into two classrooms at a Connecticut elementary school in the town of Newtown this morning, the Associated Press reported.
Three guns were found at the scene — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols — and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school.
In total, 28 innocent people were dead, including 20 innocent children, as these children hid into corners and closets and trembled helplessly to the sound of gunfire reverberating through the building.
The killer was armed with two handguns, committed suicide at the school and another person was found dead at a second scene, bringing the death toll to 28, according to authorities.
President Obama reacted emotionally to the tragedy, holding back tears and taking long pauses as he said “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, and each time I learn the news, I react the not as a president but as anybody would, as a parent.”
“The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” said the President as he had to pause to find the word. “They had their entire lives ahead of them – birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”
President Obama spoke eloquently about out “broken hearts” tonight.
“So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost,” Said President Obama.
“Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for, as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain,” said President Obama.
President Obama then called for “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
He said that “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 or a street corner in Chicago.”
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), one of the House of Representatives most vocal gun control advocates, called for a large-scale campaign against assault weapons, according to Politico. Rep. McCarthy pledged to work with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been outspoken in his call for stricter gun control.
In response to President Obama’s emotional press conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that “President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership — not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today.”
Indeed, this madness must end.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books