Barack Obama speaks at vigil in Newtown after primary school shooting

US President calls for a 'change' on gun laws in America

President Barack Obama visited the site of a primary school shooting yesterday, telling mourners he would use ‘whatever powers this office holds’ to try to prevent ‘more tragedies like this’.

He was speaking at an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Conneticut, the site of a shooting on Friday which claimed 26 lives, including those of 20 children.

Obama’s speech began with words of comfort, telling the audience which included victims’ families they were ‘not alone’.

He then moved on to challenging the country to change controversial gun laws, saying America ‘can’t tolerate’ any more gun massacres and reminding the audience that this was the fourth time during his presidency that the nation had given condolence to a community following a mass shooting.

Obama said he would ‘use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this’.

The shootings began after Adam Lanza killed his mother at home before opening fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He later turned a gun on himself.

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