School shooting: Impromptu vigil in front of the White House [VIDEO]

Posted By FRANCO FERNANDEZ, UPI.com   |   Dec. 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM  |  Updated Dec. 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., a crowd gathered in front of the White House for an impromptu vigil and to press President Obama to move on gun control.

People held candles in remembrance of the 27 dead--including young 18 children--and signs saying "Today is the day," and "Wake up, disarm," in response to comments made by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at the briefing Friday afternoon.

I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the President, as a father, does; and I, as a father, and others who are parents certainly do -- which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that were affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and to support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event," Carney said. "There is I'm sure -- will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don't think today is that day."
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Mourners react after the funeral 6-year-old James Mattioli at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut following a shooting four days before that left 26 people dead including 20 children on December 18, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School early Friday morning. The gunman 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed himself following the shooting rampage inside the school. UPI/John Angelillo
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