(CNN) - Public officials reacted to the Friday shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where a law enforcement official said nearly 20 people died, at least 10 of them students.
President Barack Obama's spokesman said he and Obama "feel enormous sympathy" for the families of the children.
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Sen. Joseph Lieberman:
"Senator Lieberman and his staff are closely monitoring the situation in Newtown, CT. The Senator's and Hadassah's prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy today. What is important now it to give the first responders and local authorities the support needed to address the situation as it changes and keep the community of Newtown safe."
Rep. Chris Murphy, whose district includes Newtown, Conn.:
"I am shocked and saddened by the horrific news from Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning, and I pray that kids, teachers, staff, and families reach safety as quickly as possible. While we don't have much information right now, our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones."
Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut:
"Today's shooting in Newtown is an horrific and senseless tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School community. The people of Connecticut stand ready to provide help and support to all those affected."
Rep. Ron Barber of Arizona, a victim in the Arizona mass shooting which also injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:
"As those of us in Tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community. In times like this, we come together to support each other. To the people of Newtown, we are with you today and in the days, weeks and months ahead."
If this is the supposed price we pay for our "freedom," I want to know the return policy.
as a parent myself I have one son in college and a daughter in elementary school......both have been scenes of mass shootings. And yes they both like to go to the mall and see movies. Where is there safety? You can't say the community because this hapens in upscale areas as well as lower urban areas. My heart goes out to the parents that may have kissed their child this morning and sent them off to school for the last time. The adults too that lost their lives. We keep hearing the Congress and the president saying it's not yet time to have THAT talk....after today I ask WHEN is the right time America..when is the right time?
Is there something we can do to help these families?!
And yet we continue to do nothing about gun control while people continue to commit massacre against innocent citizens.
how many more tragedies like this before the nation acknowledge the root of these horrible situations??? Guns Guns Guns Guns.........
"Is there something we can do to help these families?!"
Yes. And countless other families. Relentlessly demand that your representatives refuse all NRA lobbying and donations and FINALLY GET SERIOUS ABOUT GUN LAWS. ALLOW THEM NO QUARTER. Those children certainly received none. Their blood is on all of our hands and the stain is indelible.
My thoughts are with the families...so sad.
And just before Christmas.
Let us stop for a moment, and be thankful for what we have.
For those who continues to protect gun rights, this one is on your shoulder and in your hands, full of blood.
how in the world this country can tolerate children carry gun? insane.
The loss of innocent lives and suffering of the families are too much to bear. As a nation, can we put our act together to ban the buying and carrying guns, period.
The NRA needs to come up with some solutions that keep guns out of the hands where they do not belong.
Obviously, (according to the NRA and gun nuts) we should arm the kids so they can shoot back.
And you never here anything from the NRA......Capitalisim at it's best!
Another shooting in the United States of America. When are we going to realize that guns do kill people. Innocent children were victims today and they and their parents will be scarred forever by this one incident.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the parents, children, teachers and staff. THey have all paid the price for allowing guns to be sold so easily in this country. Who can keep our children safe? Who can keep us all free from gun violence?
Same thing just happened today in china guy used a knife 22 dead, dont be stupid and blame guns, its just ignorant
I have been following this on many channels and must plead with the media to stop thrusting microphones in the faces of these little ones as they leave the scene and getting them to repeat the horror they just witnessed.
We will learn the details, but we do not need to further the victims trauma by learning the details immediately.
And to all you GOP baggers, just keep slashing police budgets, first responder budgets, mental health budgets, school/security budgets, etc.
18 5 year olds paid a very high price today to keep your taxes low!
Another event brought to you by the NRA and the Republican party propoganda.
These "Babies" have been murdered and I am mad as H, they were innocent Babies. I know I need to pray for them and their families but right now I am very angry like many other Americans.
> pappy: It wasn't "the same thing" because the person in China used a knife and NO ONE died as a result.
I hope everyone here realizes that more homicides are committed without the use of guns than with the use of guns. Think gun control is going to make a difference? Look at how well drug enforcement has gone and there's your answer. If someone wants drugs, they'll get them. If someone wants a gun, they'll find one. The root problem isn't guns, it's people. Always has been, always will be.
Meanwhile at the NRA headquarter office: *crickets*
> Automatic Rifle 15 Trailer Park Resident [AR-15 Camper]: you're comparing *all homicides in the United States* to mass-murder *shooting* sprees. There IS a difference and you're not fooling anyone.
Time for politicians to get some back bone and stand up to the NRA or put metal detectors and armed guards in every school in America.
to correct this problem – All Schools need to have metal detectors – Yes, I said ALL – PLUS – ALL schools need to have Razor Wire around the Perimeter – End Result : No More killing in schools -