Newtown: Obama Addresses Shooting One Year Later, Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

    December 14, 2013
    Erika Watts
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Today marks the first anniversary of the second deadliest school shooting by one person in history. On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza first killed his mother and then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where he went on a five-minute shooting rampage. The lives of six staff members and 20 first-grade students were taken during the shooting.

Many people are taking a moment today to remember the victims of the atrocity, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle. The couple remembered the victims of the shooting at the White House today. The Obamas lit a candle for each Sandy Hook victim in the Map Room at 9:29 a.m.

After the Obamas lit the 26 candles, the president acknowledged the Newtown shooting during his weekly radio address and touched on gun control. Despite efforts to create stronger gun control laws over the past year, nothing has changed, something the president is begging Americans to work on. Check out excerpts from his address below.

One year ago today, a quiet, peaceful town was shattered by unspeakable violence. Six dedicated school workers and 20 beautiful children were taken from our lives forever.

As parents, as Americans, the news filled us with grief. Newtown is a town like so many of our hometowns. The victims were educators and kids that could have been any of our own. And our hearts were broken for the families that lost a piece of their heart; for the communities changed forever; for the survivors, so young, whose innocence was torn away far too soon.

But beneath the sadness, we also felt a sense of resolve–that these tragedies must end, and that to end them, we must change.

And on this anniversary of a day we will never forget, that’s the example we should continue to follow. Because we haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer. We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for.

And as we do, we can’t lose sight of the fact that real change won’t come from Washington. It will come the way it’s always come from you. From the American people.

While many people are remembering the Newtown shooting victims on Twitter, quite a few folks are irritated that the president used the shooting to bring up gun control.

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  • Well

    I hate to say this because it shows just how far my trust has fallen in our government.

    1. Show me the video tape of Lanza. You did this with Columbine.
    2. Show me the crime scene photos. You did this with Columbine.
    3. Show me bodies. You did this with Columbine.
    4. Don’t destroy the building. You did not do this with Columbine.
    5. Don’t make workers sign confidentiality agreements.. You did not do this with Columbine.
    6. Don’t charge 50 million to build a new school when it takes roughly 10 million. It makes me think someone is getting paid off.

    The helicopter footage at Sandy Hook did not match what was being said about that day. There was not reports of bodies going to ER Trauma centers, which is standard procedure. No life flight helicopters. The same woman is on camera as a witness at Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombing. There are too many odd things about Sandy Hook and frankly all I have seen is a couple of photos of a shot out window. There are reports of people in Sandy Hook that say nothing happened. I broke my leg once. A life flight helicopter came and got me. You mean to tell me a whole school of kids get shot and there is not one life flight helicopter there?

    A lot of strange things going on at Sandy Hook.

    I need to see concrete proof. The only time you destroy a building is to cover up evidence. The only time you don’t release film footage is when there is a cover up. My God, Sandy Hook literally upgraded their entire security camera system before the school year started. Yet, we don’t have video of Lanza even at the doorway?

    It reminds me of the “plane” that hit the Pentagon. I don’t know if you have, but I have been to the Pentagon and around the Pentagon. There are freaking cameras everywhere! When I mean everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE. Yet, we have no footage of a plane hitting the Pentagon. Don’t give me this nonsense it is too traumatic to see. We have footage of the planes hitting the towers. But we can’t see the plane hitting the Pentagon???

    I am sorry. From this day forward, I need concrete proof in order to believe our government. Show me all the evidence.

  • @Well

    I agree. Something is not right about Sandy Hook. I mean listen to the video attached to this article. It goes out of the way to emphasize that they don’t want anyone asking questions. It is not even about the tragedy but rather about how the media and others should not ask questions. It is all very odd. Watch the video and see for yourself. The very first thing you see is a No Media sign and a guy talking about privacy. I too have heard stories about people saying nothing happened at Sandy Hook. Some of our delivery people (truckers) go by there and they talk to local people and there is a bunch of strange stories.

    Not willing to say it is a complete hoax but something just isn’t right.

  • Just an EMT Worker

    What we do not see is a single ambulance. We do not see people rushing in and out of the building. We do not see panic and confusion. We do not see any injured.

    Arguably, if there were a shooting with 26 people wounded or dead, the first responders would have to deal with carnage, blood, screams, suffering, and uncertainty. Surely, the order would go out to send every available ambulance and EMS person. Surely, the victims would be sent as quickly as possible, by ambulance or helicopter, to the nearest ER. Even severely wounded and unconscious people can be brought back to life. Medical technicians are trained to try every possible resuscitation technique. In some states, only doctors can pronounce people dead. Even if medics can make that decision, they will be very reluctant to do so until every option has been tried. This takes time and lots of frantic work. Indeed, if medical personnel do not try every relevant procedure, they open themselves up to huge lawsuits.

    Furthermore, even as the medical people try to do their jobs, police investigators have to photograph and describe the scene. Where are the bodies located? Where are the bullets? What exactly happened in this room?

    Here is relevant testimony that appeared on an Internet forum: “As I am in health care I think the main sticking point is the EMS services did not behave within their normal scope. A mass shooting would have trauma helicopters flying children out one after another while performing CPR the entire way to the hospital and patients would be declared dead at the hospital after extensive measures were taken to try to save lives. The one thing that baffled me…was an interview with the ER physician who said no patients arrived. I’ve been in the ER for 5 years and we get ALL code blue patients. We get 80 year old nursing home patients that have not been breathing for 20 minutes with no chance of survival.”

  • History

    History is full of conspiracies. In today’s society, people try to intimidate people by calling them conspiracy theorists, but the reality is that history is full of conspiracies. I think if you believe official stories then you are blind to all the deception that has gone on in the world since the beginning of time. All you do is blindly follow.

    In my mind, there are some very important questions that need answered. That doesn’t mean anything more than that. Until people fully answer questions, then there is always doubt. Our track record in this nation for telling the truth is horrible. The only way that will change is via full disclosure.