Obama promises action during ceremony honoring victims of Newtown shooting

POSTED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 9:34am

An emotional President Obama brought "the love and prayers of a nation" to the people of Newtown, Connecticut Sunday in remarks during an interfaith vigil.

The president told the community they were not alone, and that their stories of strength and resolve in the wake of the elementary school shootings have inspired the nation.

"I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief, that our world, too, has been torn apart, that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you," he said.

He praised the six adults killed in the massacre, saying they responded to protect the children as we all hope we might respond in the face of such terror with courage and love.

Mr. Obama also said nations are judged on how well they care for their children, and asked whether America is doing enough, and bluntly concluded "no...and this must change."

"We're not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I've been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we've hugged survivors, the fourth time we've consoled the families of victims," the president said.

He vowed to use the powers of the presidency to engage Americans to save others the anguish suffered by Newtown saying "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change."

Mr. Obama concluded by reading the names of all 20 children who were killed Friday.

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