President: God Will 'Wipe Away Every Tear'

But until then, Obama won't press for new gun laws, says White House
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2012 11:15 PM CDT
Updated Jul 23, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
President Barack Obama talks about one of the victims and her injury during a statement from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora yesterday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – President Obama quoted scripture yesterday at an emotional three-hour meeting with survivors of the Aurora movie massacre and their families, saying that God will "wipe away every tear and death shall be no more." Obama traveled to the University of Colorado Hospital "not so much as president but as a father and husband," in an attempt to comfort families, he said afterward as thousands met nearby in a prayer vigil.

"Words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations. My main task is to be a representative of the entire country and to let them know that we think about them each and every day," he added. Of the 58 victims of the shooting, 23 were brought to the university hospital. One died, 12 were released, three remain in good condition, and seven are critical, reports the Denver Post. The president doesn't plan to take any new action on stricter gun control laws, the White House has signaled, reports ABC News. "The president’s view is that we can take steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under existing law. That's his focus right now," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

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