President Barack Obama addressed the people of Newtown, Conn., tonight following the tragic events that occurred Friday in the city.
Obama's speech, which brought America's commander-in-chief to tears, was broadcast live on the major broadcast networks as well as cable news channels. Of all the speeches he has given in his time as president, none arguably were more difficult than this one.
"I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts," Obama said. "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 and all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. Newtown, you are not alone. These difficult days have unfolded, you've also inspired us with stories of strength, resolve and sacrifice. As a community, you've inspired us Newtown in the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil. This is how Newtown will be remembered and with time and God's grace, that love will see you through."
Obama said that he would do what he could to avoid anything like this ever happening again.
"We bear a responsibility for every child because we're counting on everybody else to help look after ours. We're all parents. They're all our children. This is our first task: caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say as a nation that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children -- all of them -- safe from harm?" he asked.
"The answer is no. We're not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I've been president this is fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings," he said. "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. To end them, we must change. We will be told the causes of such violence are complex -- and that is true. No single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society but that can't be an excuse for inaction."
"Surely we can do better than this. We can't accept events like these as routine," Obama said. "Are we really prepared to admit that we're powerless against this carnage, that the politics are too hard?"