Obama hints at new gun laws after Connecticut shooting

2012-12-17 10:05

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Washington – US President Barack Obama, offering condolences at a vigil on Sunday night for the 27 victims of an elementary school shooting, said a society’s first responsibility is to protect its children from harm.

“Can we honestly say as a nation that we are meeting our obligation?” Obama asked in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of Friday’s shooting.

“The answer is no. We’re not doing enough.” Noting that this was the fourth time in his presidency that he has comforted a grieving community after a mass shooting, Obama said, “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end.”

While acknowledging that “no single law or set of laws can eliminate evil,” Obama suggested that he would nevertheless attempt to pursue them. “Surely we can do better than this,” he said.

Meanwhile, a young man opened fire at a medical clinic in Uruguay, telling police he was trying to imitate the slaughter of young children and staff at a US elementary school, authorities said yesterday.

Police said no one was injured when the 18-year-old started shooting on Saturday at the health centre in the small city of Paysandu, about 370km north of Montevideo.

Police said the man, whom they did not identify, initially told them his goal was to commit suicide. But they said he later added that he was trying to imitate the US massacre in which a gunman killed his mother at home, and then 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, before turning a gun on himself.

Local media reported that the Uruguayan teenager first went to a secondary school in the city, but finding it insufficiently crowded, made his way instead to the health centre. He was arrested and sent to a psychiatric clinic.

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