Obama makes gun law a priority

President Barack Obama hopes to get new US gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term after saying the country is 'failing' to protect its children.

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Queen 'deeply shocked and saddened' by US shooting

The Queen sent a message to President Obama this evening in which she said she was "deeply shocked and saddened" to hear of the Connecticut school shooting:

I have been deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the dreadful loss of life today in Newtown, Connecticut; particularly the news that so many of the dead are children.

Prince Philip joins me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to you and the American people at this difficult time.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth are with the families and friends of those killed and with all those who have been affected by today's events.

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Cameron 'shocked and deeply saddened' over shooting

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about today's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that has killed and injured so many innocent people.

My thoughts are with the injured and those who have lost loved ones.

It is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age, when they had so much life ahead of them.

I offer my sincere condolences to the families, to President Obama, Governor Malloy and the American people.

The thoughts of the British people are with you all at this very difficult time.

– David Cameron

New York mayor reiterates his call for a gun law

The New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has reiterated his call for a gun law after the Connecticut school massacre:

He added: "We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House, not from Congress. That must end today.

"My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever."

Barroso: 'Deep shock and horror' at shooting

The EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has tweeted his "deep shock and horror" at the Connecticut school shooting:

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Obama: There are families that cannot hug their children

This evening Michelle and will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we'll tell them that we love them and remind each other how deeply we love another.

But there are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us right now, and I will do everything in my power as President to help.

– US President Barack Obama
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