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Time has come to stop tragedies

February 19. 2013 10:33PM
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President Barack Obama spoke from the heart, as a father, in mourning another senseless school shooting on Friday.

Wiping tears from his eyes and quoting from Psalm 147 -- He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. -- Mr. Obama showed as much emotion as he's ever displayed as president.

Now it's time for him to show resolve.

After perhaps the most-heartbreaking school shooting in U.S. history, America needs a president.

For too long in our nation's history, our politicians have shrunk from dealing with truly difficult problems.

Trying to stop innocent children from being slaughtered shouldn't be one of them.

The president hinted that a political discussion about such tragedies might be forthcoming when he said: And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

Lead us in that conversation, Mr. President. Not as a father. Not as a candidate. But as the leader of the free world.

For a country as powerful as the United States is, it has utterly failed in the department of stopping mass shootings. Of the worst 20 mass shootings in the last 50 years, worldwide, 11 of them have taken place in the U.S. Our country is violent. We're angry. We love our guns and can get them easily.

Something must be done to reduce the carnage.

The standard response from gun-rights supporters, that now is not the time to discuss solutions, has been washed away in the blood of 20 dead children.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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