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Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:59 PM

"Not Again".. President Obama Speaks at Memorial for Victims of Navy Yard Shooting



Text of Remarks..

“Once more we come together to mourn the lives of beauty and to comfort the wonderful families who cherished them. Once more we pay tribute to all who rushed towards the danger, who risked their lives so others might live. Once more our hearts are broken. Once more we ask why….

….. On Monday morning, these 12 men and women woke up like they did every day. They left home and they headed off to work. Gerald Read’s wife Cathy said, “See you tonight for dinner.” And John Johnson looked at his wife Judy and said what he always said whenever they parted, “Goodbye beautiful. I love you so much”…..

….. What Robert Kennedy understood, what Dr. King understood, what all our great leaders have always understood, is that wisdom does not come from tragedy alone or from some sense of resignation in the fallibility of man. Wisdom comes through the recognition that tragedies such as this are not inevitable, and that we possess the ability to act and to change, and to spare others the pain that drops upon our hearts. So in our grief, let us seek that grace. Let us find that wisdom. And in doing so, let us truly honor these 12 American patriots.”


the rest..
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/22/remarks-president-memorial-service-victims-navy-yard-shooting















Some tweet quotes from the President's remarks..

Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

POTUS: "If we really want a country where our kids are free from violence, then we're going to have to change." #NavyYardShootingMemorial11:42 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

POTUS: "The sense that our politics are frozen and we have to accept this. I cannot accept that." #NavyYardShootingMemorial11:43 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

Pres. Obama: "Our tears are not enough. Our words and prayers are not enough." #NavyYardShootingMemorial11:39 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

PBO: It should be clear that change will not come from Washington; even when tragedy strikes Washington. It will come from the American ppl"11:37 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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More..
http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/22/president-obama-speaks-at-memorial-for-victims-of-navy-yard-shooting/#comments

More.. Thank you to Chips at The Obama Diary for the coverage of the Memorial
http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/22/how-many-more-times/

BOG

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Reply "Not Again".. President Obama Speaks at Memorial for Victims of Navy Yard Shooting (Original post)
Cha Sep 2013 OP
Aristus Sep 2013 #1
Cha Sep 2013 #6
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #2
Cha Sep 2013 #3
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #11
michigandem58 Sep 2013 #4
Cha Sep 2013 #7
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #5
Duckhunter935 Sep 2013 #8
treestar Sep 2013 #10
Isoldeblue Sep 2013 #12
Cha Sep 2013 #13
Cha Sep 2013 #9
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #14
Cha Sep 2013 #17
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #18
Cha Sep 2013 #19
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #21
Cha Sep 2013 #22
Triana Sep 2013 #15
Tarheel_Dem Sep 2013 #16
Cha Sep 2013 #20
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #23
Cha Sep 2013 #24
sheshe2 Sep 2013 #25

Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:07 PM

1. We're so lucky to have him.

I wish these things would stop happening...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:39 PM

6. Aloha Aristus.. As do all of us..



Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

POTUS: "As a president, I have grieved with five American communities. Fort Hood, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Aurora, and now Washington D.C."11:26 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:17 PM

2. Thanks Cha.

Beautiful thread that honors those that died senselessly. Once again families and this nation weep at their loss.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:25 PM

3. Thank you, she.. for caring so

much. With so many people feeling like us in the Nation.. We will have sensible gun laws.. one day. And, the sooner the better for our country's people!

Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

PBO: It should be clear that change will not come from Washington; even when tragedy strikes Washington. It will come from the American ppl"11:37 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:57 PM

11. There are so many things we need to change.

Yet this should not be one of the hardest ones.

The second amendment has been "rewritten", if you will, to suit the needs of the NRA. A well regulated militia my ass. They are gun nuts pure and simple. I don't care if a person owns a rifle for hunting. The fire power that individuals are amassing is just plain nuts.

Cha

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:29 PM

4. Beautiful post!

 

K&R

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Response to michigandem58 (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:41 PM

7. Thank you, michigan..

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:35 PM

5. Obama says fight for gun laws 'ought to obsess us'

This is even more sad, as it could have been easily avoided. My heart is so heavy for all the victim's loved ones.




"WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by calling for a transformation in the nation's gun laws to address an epidemic of gun violence, saying, "There's nothing inevitable about it."

Reprising his role of the nation's consoler in chief after yet another mass shooting, Obama said Americans should honor the victims of last Monday's shooting by insisting on a change in gun laws. "It ought to obsess us," Obama said.

"Sometimes I fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We cannot accept this," Obama said."


http://news.msn.com/us/obama-says-fight-for-gun-laws-ought-to-obsess-us

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:44 PM

8. I have no big issue with UBC

but what laws are we to push for? Common shotgun. Background check passed. I heard he attempted to purchase a pistol but current law prevented that as he was out of state. I guess you could prevent all sales to out of state residents.

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:53 PM

10. In his case it seems like mental health issues would have been

there and if they could be related to gun purchases - he called the cops once saying people were following him. But the cops had no reason to arrest him for that and apparently no cause to follow up and make sure he sought mental health treatment.

It would create the kind of database that would make the emoprogs scream "totalitarianism."

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:58 PM

12. Duck, I'm

sorry. But I won't get into a debate with you on gun laws. Not in a thread that is about the needless grieving of so many. It's not the appropriate place for it.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:30 PM

13. I think so, too.. thank you for

saying that, Isoldeblue~

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:50 PM

9. I so agree with that, Isoldeblue.. thank you for

for this article.

"Sometimes I fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We cannot accept this," Obama said."


The President has been to so many Memorials for victims of senseless gun violence.

Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

POTUS: "As a president, I have grieved with five American communities. Fort Hood, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Aurora, and now Washington D.C."11:26 AM - 22 Sep 2013

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:34 PM

14. The souls we wept for.

Fort Hood



Tuscon



Sandy Hook



Aurora



Washington



and so many more.

tears, Cha

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:14 PM

17. Oh she..

Thank you for posting these pics of all the ways we mourn and honor our loved ones who are just gone.. from senseless gun violence.

And, this reminds me of those in Boston, too.. more unfathomable violence that left so much sadness in its wake.


People gather with candles during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard at Garvey Park in


People light candles at Olympic Forest Park in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. One of the three victims(Lingzi Lu) killed in the marathon explosion was a Chinese woman studying in Boston


A message written on a banner seen during a vigil on the Boston Common on Tuesday afternoon

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/apr/17/boston-mourns-bombing-vigils-pictures#/?picture=407383169&index=0

Krystle Campbell29Arlington
Martin William Richard8Dorchester
Lingzi Lu23China
Sean Collier26Wilmington



http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/16/17784170-honoring-bombing-victims-the-day-after-boston-marathon?lite

BOG

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Response to Cha (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:25 PM

18. Oh Cha,

That made me cry, thank you for that tribute to Boston. It is needed right now. The trial starts in four days. It's going to be hard. We are going to be reliving it.

Boston Strong, Thanks Cha.

BOG

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #18)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:56 PM

19. I wondered when the

trial was going to happen. That will be so heartbreaking for you all.. especially in Boston and surrounding areas, she..

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Response to Cha (Reply #19)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 12:46 AM

21. Soon Cha.

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I don't know if I will be able to handle some of the reaction at DU. There was a lot of shit tossed our way.
It's about to start again.

Dear Boston~


I posted it again. it works for me, yet that doesn't mean that it will work for you.

Hope this works Cha~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #21)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 01:16 AM

22. Sorry the vid isn't coming up, she.. says "try again later".. here's another solemn pic

of our President and First Lady from today..



http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/22/ill-be-there/

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:55 PM

15. If change will come from the American people as the President says...and 90+ percent of them...

...wanted stricter gun laws - and STILL DID NOT GET stricter gun laws, then I'm sorry but . . .



It's evident given this situation that change MUST come from CONGRESS and that change will ONLY come when the NRA is decoupled from that governing body - no influence. No money. No lobbying. Nothing. THAT is where the change has to happen. The NRA must be made impotent to be able to foist its minority agenda upon the majority of Americans, when the majority of Americans want something completely different.

THAT. IS. NOT. DEMOCRACY.

THAT. IS. NOT. REPRESENTATIVE. GOVERNMENT.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:10 PM

16. When is enough, ENOUGH? Thanks for posting. nt

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #16)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 11:15 PM

20. You're welcome, Tarheel.. :(

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:48 AM

23. The Grief Counselor-In-Chief

We can’t accept this. As Americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today there’s nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work. There’s nothing normal about our children being gunned down in our classrooms. There’s nothing normal about children dying in our streets from stray bullets.

http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/09/the-grief-counselor-in-chief.html

Cha~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #23)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 03:08 PM

24. Thank you so much for that, sheshe~ Bob Cesca says it

perfectly what so many of us are feeling.

she

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Response to Cha (Reply #24)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 05:04 PM

25. Welcome~

Cha...........

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