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US MUST do more to protect its children: Obama

Last updated on: December 17, 2012 09:05 IST

US MUST do more to protect its children: Obama

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United States President Barack Obama has said America must do more to protect its children in the wake of Friday's shootings at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, BBC reported.

Speaking at an inter-faith vigil in Newtown, Obama said he would use the powers of his office to prevent a repeat of the tragedy, the report stated.

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Image: held at Newtown High School for families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in Newtown, Connecticut
Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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'US shares your grief'

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He told residents that the nation shared their grief.

Twenty children and six women died in the assault on Sandy Hook school by a lone man who then took his own life.

The gunman has been identified by police as Adam Lanza, 20.

He shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car.

Officials say he was armed with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and used a semi-automatic rifle as his main weapon. He was also carrying two handguns, and a shotgun was recovered from a car, reports said.

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Image: A woman covers her face as she watches U.S. President Obama speak on a television with other patrons, at Church Hill restaurant in Newtown, Connecticut
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'I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation'

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"I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation," Obama said, speaking after religious leaders and the state governor.

"You are not alone in your grief. All across this land of ours we have wept with you."

Obama repeated a call for action against gun crime, saying that in coming weeks he would use "whatever powers" his office held "in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this", BBC said.

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Image: Barack Obama attends a vigil in Newtown, Connecticut for Sandy Hook Elementary School's shooting victims
Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
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'We can't tolerate this anymore'

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"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end and to end them we must change."

The complex causes of gun crime "can't be an excuse for inaction", he said, the BBC report stated.

Obama also met the shooting victims' families and emergency service workers.


Image: A woman hugs a man during a vigil for families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown
Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
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