WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence in the wake of an elementary school massacre.
"Because what choice do we have?" a somber Obama said at a Sunday evening vigil in the grieving community of Newtown, Conn. "We can't accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard?"
The newly re-elected president offered few specifics about how he planned to proceed, saying only that he will engage with law enforcement, mental health professionals, parents and educators in the coming weeks. Just days after the shooting at an elementary school, Obama is already facing pressure from fellow Democrats and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to tackle gun control legislation, a contentious issue he avoided as he sought a second term.
I really don't think this is his plan do you?
Obama has finally showed his true colors. He is an opportunist shallow photo-op seeking SOB. His agenda has always been gun control as has Clinton's. They will use the current rash of whack jobs to say it's not the lunatics it's the guns. How 'bout it's the proximity to 12/21/12 and the tinfoil hat crowd is losing it? There is nowhere to put the mentally ill anymore, the bulk of the mental hospitals have been closed to "save money". What did they think would happen? Treat the cause not the symptom.