President Obama Calls For Change To End The Violence

ProudProgressive 2012/12/17 02:18:14
President Obama spoke today at a memorial for the people killed in the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.

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At Newtown Memorial, Obama Tells America We Must Change to End the Violence
By: Jason Easley
Dec. 16th, 2012

At the memorial service for the victims of the Newtown shooting, President Obama said the nation is not doing enough to end the violence and we must change.

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After quoting scripture, the president told the people of Newtown that they are not alone in their grief and that the nation is weeping with them. He said, "Newtown, you are not alone." The president added that the people of Newtown have also inspired the nation in these difficult times. He then praised the bravery of the adult staffers at the school who responded in such terrifying circumstances by giving their lives to protect the children. The president then praised the first responders, and the children who followed instructions and comforted each other. The president said, As a community you've inspired us, Newtown."

Obama said that the nation is left with some hard questions. The president talked about the job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together. He said, We bear responsibility for every child. We're all parents, and they are all our children." He said society will judge us by how we raise and keep our children safe from harm. He asked if we can say that we are doing enough to keep our children safe from harm? The president said, "I've been reflecting on this for the last few days, and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer's no. It's not enough, and we have to change."

Obama said this is the fourth time he has spoken at one of these memorial services, and that these tragedies must stop and we must change. The president said that if there is even one step that we can take to save one child, one parent, one town from this grief, we must try.

The president said, "We can't accept events like this as routine." He asked if we are prepared to say that the politics are too hard, or that this violence is the price of our freedom?

There was something different about this mass killing, and that was reflected in President Obama's remarks. This president has had too much experience with speaking at this type of memorial. This was his fourth time comforting the nation after a mass shooting, but the first time that he has called for action and change to combat the violence.

It would have been extremely inappropriate for the president to politicize a memorial, but it is clear that this horrific incident has resulted in a moment of national reflection.

President Obama is often criticized for not showing enough emotion, but over the last three days he has worn his heart on his sleeve. Obama is doing what every great leader should do during a time of grief. He is comforting the nation, while offering a vision for the future. One gets the sense that the country wants the violence to end, and President Obama never wants to have to speak at another memorial again.

The president can't stop the violence alone. Every American must demand that we do everything that we can to figure out why this is happening, and what we can do to build a safer future.

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  • darcie lamar 2012/12/17 03:13:52
    darcie lamar
    Obama needs to take his "change" to Chicago. 28 kids were murdered this past summer. Do you think he shed a tear for them or just played CYA for Rahm Emanuel. Those gangs won't change their ways. If it were up to the libs only criminals would have guns.

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  • charles nelson 2012/12/19 22:12:04
    charles nelson
    The Heart needed healing, don't it.
  • Avenged7 2012/12/18 00:10:42
    I think it's about time. The NRA has bullied American politicians to self censor themselves. The president also has been guilty of self censor, and I applaud him for starting the talk of gun control. So maybe he will get the ball rolling, and some of the NRA politicians at least are willing to talk about it.
  • Cn2012 2012/12/17 22:26:24
    Ok. What's his plan????
  • Superman 2012/12/17 21:20:08
    Here we are again talking about a need for change without being brave enough to define what change is specifically needed.

    Obama went and some things that were true and were needed. The nation is devastated, left and right, by what happened. We all do mourn with them. And the individual stories of both the teachers that tried to save lives and the responders who had to deal with things no one should ever have to, those make you appreciate Americans on an individual level.

    But to call for action without really defining it? It feels like a punt. It sounds like an attempt to sound strong, an attempt to make everyone feel better because "something will be done", but with no substance to it.

    Who knows, maybe in days from now the Administration will take actual initiative as to what they think should be done and from there we can have a discussion.

    I'm not holding my breath. I'd expect the White House to do nothing but get behind any measure that others come up with that eventually gathers some support.
  • Robert Strobel 2012/12/17 21:05:12
    Robert Strobel
    Violence has existed on this world since its inception, just read your history books. Some body somewhere alwayts has the propensity for violence. Whether it be a war or some kind of civil unrest or a deranged maniac(which there has been a lot of those) The only way I can see out of this maze is to make the earth acceptable to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • sealpoint Robert ... 2012/12/17 21:26:06
    Your solution is an idealized version of what this nation can do to stop all the carnage. What "realistic" actions need to take place?
  • Wulfdane 2012/12/17 20:40:05 (edited)
    It is time to bring personal responsibility back to America and time to promote family again.

    I thought this speech was better, he didn't overly politicize it.
  • Charles White 2012/12/17 20:33:07
    Charles White
    Please all this talk about gun control unfortunated will end up bring just that ALL TALK! ! ! These politicians are telling the American what they want to hear at this moment. After King Birthay celebration gun control will be buried deep in the back of a cargo plane and want be found until the next mass murders. I would be surprise to see any Action taken toward gun control by our elected officials.
  • marcuss....PHART 2012/12/17 19:28:01
    It is time the violence ends. A good place to start is in the out of control LIBERAL cities where strict gun laws are nothing but a joke. No need to come to conservative cities or states because we don't have that messy LIBERAL problem where laws are ignored.
  • sealpoint marcuss... 2012/12/17 21:34:38
    You really don't know what you're talking about. I live in Arizona, a conservative state, where the Tucson tragedy occurred. All you want to do is bash liberals, the President and promote lies. Your thinking is an example of what is wrong with this country!
  • marcuss... sealpoint 2012/12/17 23:16:18
    Please name the top ten most violent cities and the party that runs them.
  • sealpoint marcuss... 2012/12/18 03:17:01
    What is your point? This is a very broad request, because who are you referring to in terms of "party who runs them"? Do you want to know the senators, representatives, governors, mayors, city council, etc.?

    According to Gallup Poll findings, just 21 percent of all Americans identify as liberal, while a whopping 40 percent of Americans identify as conservative and 36 percent identify as moderate. The nation as a whole, falls to the right.

    You cannot lump people together by political parties to solve American's violence issue. It's this kind of extremism that creates problems, instead of solving them as a nation.

    Read my quote below from Mahatma Gandhi.
  • marcuss... sealpoint 2012/12/18 10:44:19
    Since you LWNJs refuse to answer, they are liberal progressive run cities.
  • sealpoint marcuss... 2012/12/18 15:22:44
    Crime is higher in "red states" because there are more criminals and that is because:

    guns are more available and more prevalent
    more poverty, fewer programs to mitigate it
    more drug abuse, fewer programs to treat it
    abortions are less available, so there are more unwanted children, badly raised children, children in poverty, children with behavioral defects
    more racism and a wider economic divide
    less educational opportunity and lower education levels
    toxins are more prevalent causing diseases such as lead and mercury poisoning that can create behavioral defects before or after birth.
  • marcuss... sealpoint 2012/12/18 19:52:24
    Oh please. For once be truthful, your statement is nothing but lies.
  • sealpoint marcuss... 2012/12/18 23:51:50
    Lies??????? Of course you're going to use that as a counter attack, because it takes the focus off the issue. If reality disagrees with your ideology then, by God, reality must be wrong.

    The GOP embraces bizarre conspiracy theories to inspire paranoid passion among their base. They oppose fact-based education, or rather, they oppose facts in general. Think whatever you want. You are factually challenged.
  • marcuss... sealpoint 2012/12/19 15:06:06
    I didn't know Chicago was a republican run city and Illinois was a republican state for decades. Detroit is a republican city also.....interesting.
    You just keep shoveling the horse dookie. One minute you clowns cry that the rich republicans control the wealth then we are a bunch of uneducated baffoons. Get your stupidity straight ass clown.
  • sealpoint marcuss... 2012/12/19 18:14:44
    Calling me an "ass clown" shows your ignorance. You don't know how to have a reasonable debate without name calling. You have also proven my theory that conservatives are mean, bitter, stingy, and stubborn. I am soooo glad that President Obama won the election for his second term. He will guide the nation and Republicans will need to take heed.
  • marcuss... sealpoint 2012/12/19 19:54:42
    You can not justify your lies so you just ramble about the re electing of the biggest spending president this country ever had.
    0WEbama lied and people died.
  • sealpoint marcuss... 2012/12/19 22:54:07
    What the hell are you talking about? Now you're accusing Obama of killings? You make absolutely no sense. Then, you have the nerve to say I'm rambling? I'm through with your dumb, wacko comments! Grow up.
  • marcuss... sealpoint 2012/12/20 02:18:49
    Well where do we start with 0WEbama and dead people, BENGHAZI is a example of 0WEbama's ineptness. So rocket scientist how many thousands of people died from 0WEbama's FAST and FURIOUS gun running fiasco? I am quite sure many MANY Mexicans were murdered with 0WEbama's guns he supplied to the Mexican drug cartels. You are a clueless clown who needs to yank their head out of their anus and come out for some fresh air.
  • Frannin 2012/12/17 19:27:32
    I do believe in President Obama's sincerity and personally, I'd like to see background checks for gun ownership re-instituted at the very least. The guns seem to represent
    how much FEAR we live in and I long for a peaceful society. How wonderful it would be
    if assault weapons were reserved for war only? I'll never understand any "innocent"
    motive to privately own an assault weapon.
  • Peter Griffin 2012/12/17 18:45:25
    Peter Griffin
    He will never do it. It is political suicide for his party. You people in the US love your weapons too much and your gun lobby is too strong. There maybe a bill of two passed but they will have little substance and you will all be talking about something else by next week. The US is like watching a society of short attention span theater who are armed to the teeth, no surprises here.
  • sealpoint 2012/12/17 18:36:19
    All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is
    responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. - Mahatma Gandhi
  • kevjon 2012/12/17 18:21:29
    Well the police all have guns but yet there was a tragedy.
    Police all have guns but yet there is violenced on our borders and when Arizona needed help Obama ignored them and then sued them for acting on their own.
    Police have guns yet drug dealers continue to peddle the drugs and violence.
    Mexican police have guns while citizens are not allowed guns and the killing and violence shadows our violence.

    We need better protection in public places.
    We need our president to quit spreading hate and lies about his opponents.
    We need a leader that will get us out of this depressed economy.
    We need a leader that will promote success and not failure.
    We need a president that doesn't focus on racism as part of his propaganda.
    We need a leader that promotes positive issues and policies versus his negativity.
    One point of interest is the fact that the majority of this violence has occurred in liberal states.
    Taking guns away from the people has never stopped the violence.
  • hiram 2012/12/17 18:14:10
  • ehrhornp 2012/12/17 17:02:37
    It will be interesting if anything meaningful comes from this. Hopefully it will.
  • Sister Jean 2012/12/17 16:58:51
    Sister Jean
    NOW is the hour!!!
  • Speaker of the Mind 2012/12/17 16:22:01
    Speaker of the Mind
      in oklahoma bombing

    Timothy McVaigh did NOT USE a GUN ............ 168 Murdered
  • MidnightCowboy 2012/12/17 15:43:35
    The President in his second term is going to propose definitive gun control legislation that will be termed "landmark" by those Americans shook up with all the gun violence in America.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/12/17 15:35:50
  • Dweezle 2012/12/17 14:30:48
  • Benggo 2012/12/17 14:13:08
    This is Obama's last term in office so he has nothing to lose politically if he doesn't have full agreement to get rid of the guns.Thankfully instances are rare here in Britain.
    I keep hearing different Americans saying it is in the constitution to hold arms and it makes me sick to hear people talking like this;change the law and get the guns out of the public domain.
  • whitewu... Benggo 2012/12/17 15:37:39
  • hippycat 2012/12/17 14:02:23
    c. c. ryder suggested a ban on gun for a year - kind of a test, if it works, stick with it. seems a good idea to me (and should to all, regardless of political leanings). if you aren't willing to say good-bye to your guns for a year (longer period would be better as it takes a bit for a change in attitude but it would be a start), then all this 'tears and thoughts for the poor kids' is nothing but hypocritical baloney.

    As for the president, I think Obama handled the situation brilliantly so far. I hope it leads to change.
  • CODE 11 hippycat 2012/12/17 17:32:23
    CODE 11
    Income tax was tempory....you think it will ever go away?
  • hippycat CODE 11 2012/12/17 17:34:01
    I hope the tax in the US is getting closer to Europe - that means up.
  • CODE 11 hippycat 2012/12/17 17:47:38
    CODE 11
    No that means Obamacare
  • hippycat CODE 11 2012/12/17 18:07:01
    I sincerely hope so. healthcare is a basic right - you know just like education.
  • kevjon hippycat 2012/12/17 18:23:31
    And people don't have health care? Freedom is a basic right and when you make me pay for your health care you just took my right to freedom away.

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