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Obama Will Travel to Newtown, Conn., To Attend Vigil

The President called for 'meaningful action' after Friday's school shooting

photo of Jim O'Sullivan
December 14, 2012

President Obama will travel to Newtown, Conn., Sunday to thank first responders and meet with families of the victims of Friday's school shooting.

Obama will also speak at an interfaith vigil all families from Sandy Hook Elementary School scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

On Friday, an emotional Obama called for unspecified “meaningful action” regardless of political consequences, after a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., reportedly killed 27 people, including 20 children.

 

“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” Obama said during a brief address from the White House, where he repeatedly wiped away tears.

“We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. And that is especially true today,” said Obama, the father of two daughters.

Earlier, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Friday was not the appropriate time to discuss gun control policy.

President Obama Delivers Statement on Newtown, Conn. Shooting

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