Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama were remembered early Friday for their reactions to the Sandy Hook Shooting that took place six years ago today. Michelle shared President Obama’s reaction to the senseless tragedy in her new book and stated that President Obama referred to the shooting as the ‘darkest day’ in the White House.
Twenty first-grade children between the ages of six and seven as well as six adults were gunned down by Adam Lanza, 20, on December 14, 2012, at the Newtown Elementary School. The mass murders would later be known as the Newtown shootings. Before unleashing his vengeful and senseless wrath on the school, Adam murdered his mother, Nancy Lanza. He ultimately took his own life.
Michelle Obama described the White House atmosphere on that fateful day in her autobiography “Becoming.”
She described President Obama as never needing her support during the day while he was president but on the day of the shooting, he required Michelle be with him for comfort. Michelle Obama wrote the following.
“My husband needed me. This would be the only time in eight years that he’d request my presence in the middle of the workday, the two of us rearranging our schedules to be alone together for a moment of dim comfort.”
Sandy Hooke Elementary was evacuated Friday morning and children sent home after a series of bomb threats were made in schools across the United States and Canada. Though the threats aren’t believed to have been credible, school officials decided it was best to cancel school for the day.
Sandy Hook Elementary School was evacuated Friday due to a phoned-in bomb threat on the sixth anniversary of the massacre at the school that left 26 children and staff dead https://t.co/MHFA3W3dK9 pic.twitter.com/toKOo34Aot
— CNN (@CNN) December 14, 2018
The Sandy Hook shooting solidified the gun control debate that continues to plague headlines today. According to the latest update by Vox that documents mass shootings, there have been 1,919 mass shootings since Sandy Hook.
As the nation mourns the loss of 20 children and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary, many have pointed out that President Donald Trump hasn’t issued a statement or even a tweet about the Sandy Hook Shooting.
Six years ago, 20 innocent children and 6 adults' lives were stolen.
Today, gun violence continues to plague our nation — from our schools, to movie theaters, to churches, to streets — killing nearly 100 Americans every day.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 14, 2018
Many remember President Obama’s emotional and heartbreaking response to the Sandy Hook Shooting. Not only did Michelle Obama confirm what many suspected, but President Obama repeatedly broke down in tears when speaking to victims’ families in Newtown, Connecticut.
Since the Sandy Hook Shooting and other mass shootings, those in support of stricter gun control laws including background checks and the inability for those who have past mental health issues to purchase guns has grown exponentially.
For many, however; little has changed since Sandy Hook and far too many mass shootings continue to take innocent lives and destroy families nationwide.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and survivors from our nation’s darkest day in history.