Newtown, CT, United States (4E) – U.S. President Barack Obama addressed Newtown, Conn. on Sunday after the town was devastated by a shooting that killed 20 schoolchildren and seven adults. He lauded the courage displayed by the local residents and blamed the country’s politics for not doing enough to protect the country’s children.
The president was in attendance in the prayer vigil that gathered mourners for the victims of Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that saw a gunman firing a military-style rifle at adults and young schoolchildren before committing suicide himself.
While Obama was reading the names of the six adults, who heroically protected the children from the 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, sobs broke from the audience.
During the weekend, more details of Lanza’s attack were made public. Local police said the assailant carried to the school a Bushmaster AR 15 rifle and two handguns with hundreds of bullets in magazines with 30 rounds each. Authorities also found a shotgun inside his car.
The stunning event has prompted several Democratic congressmen to push for gun control legislation such as banning military-style assault weapons.
Several states like Connecticut have laws restricting purchase of firearms, but because of lack of federal statutes, traffic of guns is hardly stopped in states that do not have such strict restrictions.