“I love you mom. I am happy and well, sorry for not being a good son and not being happy if I ever was. I love you in Heaven. – Brian”
A little boy who died during the Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School wrote a letter to his mother during the lockdown.
President Obama’s speech: (x)
"We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years and each time I hear the news, I react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. That was especially true today.
I know there is not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and 10 years old.
They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations, weddings. Kids of their own.
Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and the families of those adults who were lost.
Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well. For as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and no words will ease their pain.
As a country, we have been though this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, a shopping mall in Oregon, or a Temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, these children are our children.
We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action and prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.
Tonight Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, we will hug our children a little tighter. And we will tell them that we love them.”