An emotional President Obama told the nation Friday that â€śour hearts areÂ broken todayâ€ť after a mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., killed 27 people,Â the majority of them children.
â€śThey had their entire lives ahead of them,â€ť Obama said, pausing toÂ stifle a catch in his voice as he recounted the deaths and wipe tears fromÂ his face. â€śBirthdays, weddings, kids of their own.â€ť
Obama cited Scripture to call for healing, and said â€śweâ€™re going toÂ have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragediesÂ like this, regardless of the politics.â€ť He called the shooting a â€śheinousÂ crimeâ€ť against â€śbeautiful little kids.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, andÂ each time I hear the news I react not as a president but as anyone elseÂ would, as a parent,â€ť Obama said. â€śAnd that was especially true today.â€ť
As Obama spoke, several of his aides looked on, weeping as he spoke.Â Â
â€śI know there isnâ€™t a parent in America who doesnâ€™t feel theÂ overwhelming sense of grief that I do,â€ť Obama said.