US President Barack Obama speaking at a vigil for the 27 victims of the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, says the US must do more to protect children. Mr Obama used a speech in Connecticut to urge the US to make the killing of 27 people in Newtown on Friday the last in a string of mass shootings during his presidency.
“These tragedies must end,” he told an interfaith vigil. “And to end them we must change.” As the president delivered his remarks to a secondary school hall filled with relatives and friends of the 20 young children and seven women who died, sobbing could be heard from the audience. Conceding that “no single law – no set of laws – can eliminate evil from the world”, Mr Obama insisted that this nonetheless must “not be an excuse for inaction”, asking: “Surely we can do better than this?”
Emboldened by his re-election last month, he pledged to use “whatever power this office holds” to prevent further slaughter, hinting that he would weigh into a policy debate frozen over the past decade by reluctance in Washington to alienate the pro-gun lobby. Yet the president’s remarks seemed likely to disappoint those from his Democratic party urging swift and decisive action on new gun control measures, promising only to “engage” with voters and communities “in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this”.
School shooting victims
The aftermath in pictures
British victim, Dylan Hockley
Father, In Jesus’ Name, I thank You that You are instructing me in the way which I sould go and that You are guiding me with your eye. I thank you for your guidance and leading concerning your will, your plan, and your purpose for my life. I do hear the voice of the good shepherd, for I know you and follow you. You lead me in the paths of righteousnes for your name’s sake.
Thank you, father, that my path is growing brighter and brighter until it reaches the full light of day. As I follow You, Lord, I believe my path is becoming clearer each day.
Thank You, Father, that Jesus was made unto me wisdom. Confusion is not a part of my life. I am not confused about Your will for my life. I trust in You and lean not unto my own understanding. As I acknowledge You in all my ways, You are directing my paths. I believe that as I trust in You completely, You will show me the path of life.
¤ The parents of my girl place their trust in me. I will not violate it.
¤ I will respect my girl as I expect other men to respect my sister.
¤ I will respect womanhood because my mother is a woman: I will ask my girl to do nothing that I would be ashamed of if our parents found out.
¤ My girl has given me the honour and pleasure of her company. It is wrong for me to expect more in payment for this date.
¤ My girl will be a wife and mother some day. She must be an example to her children and the pride of her husband. I will help her to be as pure and decent as I want my own wife to be.
¤ Manhood means strength of character as well as body. Lack of self-control is a sign of weaknes. I want my girl to know I am manly.
¤ God is evrywhere, sees evrything, knows evrything. Darkness may hide me from people, but it can’t hide me from God.
¤ If through my lack of self-control, I should get a girl pregnant, I will not put pressure on her to kill our unborn child.
[…human life protection…]
There has no temptation taken me but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer me to be tempted above that which I am able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that I may be able to bear it.
I count it all joy when I fall into various temptions; knowing this, that the trying of my faith works patience.
I will not say when I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.
Thank You, Jesus, for giving yourself for my sins, that You might deliver me from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, to Whom be glory for ever and ever.
Father, in the name of Jesus, and according to the power that is at work in me, I will keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious) and watch and pray that I may not come into temptation. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.