Obama gives voice to the new national determination on gun control


President Obama pauses as he speaks during a memorial service for the victims and relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 16, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

President Obama gave a deeply pastoral address to the Newtown, Conn., community, wracked by the shooting massacre of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school on Friday. In a Sunday evening address to an interfaith service, he solemnly read the names of each victim to the audible sobs in the audience.

But the president also gave voice to a growing national determination to end gun violence. “We cannot tolerate this anymore,” he said Sunday.

Repeated mass shootings are not freedom. “Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” Obama asked.

No, we are not. Continue reading at Washington Post, On Faith.

About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary; I blog here, at the Huffington Post, and at other venues. I am a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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