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Sandy Hook forces rethink on US gun-control
December 19, 2012, 3:46 pm

Obama at a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. [Getty Images]

Obama at a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. [Getty Images]

At a vigil on Sunday in Newtown for the gruesome school shooting, the US President Barack Obama told residents that he would use the powers of his office to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

“We can’t tolerate this any more,” Mr Obama said. “These tragedies must end and to end them we must change.”

In one of America’s deadliest primary school shootings, twenty children and six women died in the assault by a lone Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook elementary school.

The assaulter later took his own life – he had earlier killed his mother.

Following the Newtown massacre, there are renewed calls for stringent gun-control legislation.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Barack Obama supported the idea of a bill that would prohibit the manufacturing of high-capacity magazines.

The National Rifle Association put out it’s first statement on Tuesday, saying it was “shocked, saddened, and heartbroken.”

The industry lobby has been accused of wielding great power over lawmakers to loosen control on gun ownership in the US.

The BRICS Post

 

 

 

 

 

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