Take Two for December 17, 2012

Analyzing President Obama's reaction to Sandy Hook shooting

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US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a memorial service for the victims and relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were killed when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary and began a shooting spree.

Funerals for some of the young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will be held there later today, while law enforcement officials continue their investigation into shooter Adam Lanza.

At a briefing this morning, authorities said it could be months before police turn the school back over to the district. Students who survived the Sandy Hook shooting will be sent to a new school

Last night, President Obama spoke at a memorial service in Newtown. He read the names of the victims aloud while people in the audience sobbed. He said as a nation, we are not doing enough to end gun violence:

"In the coming weeks, I'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? We can't accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage?"

His speech was called a "turning point" by some political observers and "inappropriate" by some republicans. Here with analysis is Allan Lichtman, a presidential historian at American University.


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