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White House on massacre: Today not the day for gun control debate
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:19PM
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A young boy was comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting Friday.

In a response to a deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today is not the day for a debate on gun control.

 

"I think it's important, on a day like today, to view this -- as I know the president, as a father, does, and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event," Carney told reporters in the daily White House press briefing.

 

"There is, I am sure -- will be, rather -- a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I do not think today is that day," he said.

 

The White House also confirmed that the president spoke with FBI Director Robert Mueller, as well as Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy to extend his concern and condolences.

 

"I would rather not relay reactions at this point, because I don't have any confirmation to give to you about what exactly has happened there, or potential victims," Carney said, adding that the FBI is assisting both state and local law enforcement officials in Connecticut with response and investigation efforts. Huffington Post

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

President Barack Obama said, "I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every resource he needs to investigate." The Washington Post

 

Obama added that the country has had "too many of these tragedies in the last few years. The Washington Post

 

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called the mass shooting "a tragedy of unspeakable terms." CNN

 

"Earlier today a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community," Malloy said, adding that "you can never be prepared for this kind of incident. CNN

 

"A number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their life taken away from them as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise those children," Malloy said. CNN

 

“No words can console the parents of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School or describe the pain and shock of such an unspeakable tragedy," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. Huffington Post

 

A gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked, killing 26 people, including 20 children, law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the matter said. The shooter was found dead inside the school and another person was found dead elsewhere in Newtown, putting the total toll at 28. WSJ

 

A law-enforcement official identified the suspected shooter as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. The official said his mother was a teacher at the school, and she was believed to be among the victims. WSJ

 

School-safety experts said the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary could be the worst mass shooting in a U.S. elementary or high school. The death toll so far exceeds the death at Columbine High School in 1999, which left 12 students and one teacher dead at the hands of two fellow students, who also took their own lives. WSJ

 

In 2007, 33 people including the gunmen were shot and killed on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. WSJ

 

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