Obama: We are failing our children

President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

0
Have your say

A MOURNFUL Barack Obama has told Newtown the United States is failing to keep its children safe, pledging that change must come after an elementary school massacre left 20 children dead.

“What choice do we have?” the president said. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?”

Residents hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School
Residents hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School

In a vigil for the fallen, in a moment of grief that spread around the world, he conceded that none of his words would match the sorrow, but he declared to the Connecticut community, site of the second-deadliest school shooting in US history: “You are not alone.”

 

Back to the top of the page