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The Statement of [office-of-official] on the Shootings in [name of town or state]

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.  And each time I learn the news I react not as a [office-of-official], but as anybody else would -- as a [likely relationship of those living to those killed].  And that was especially true today in [name of town or state]. I know there’s not a [likely relationship of those living to those killed] in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

The majority of those who died today were [demographic or other status of the majority of victims] -- [describe something poignant about the status of the victims].  They had their [qualifying adjectives regarding life spans of most victims] lives ahead of them -- [example of activities most victims would engage in].  Among the fallen were also [name of second largest number of victims by category] --  [poignant description of second largest number of victims by category].

So our hearts are broken today -- for the [likely relationship of those living to those killed] of the  [demographic or other status of victims] who were lost.  Our hearts are broken for the [likely relationship of those living to those killed] of the survivors as well, for as [poignant statement], they know that their [more poignant statement].

As a country, we have been through this too many times.  Whether it’s an [list characteristics of previous shootings with more than 20 murdered over the past 6 months]-- these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these  [demographic or other status of victims] are our  [demographic or other status of victims]. [boilerplate statement about having to come together or take action].

This evening, [spouse name] and I will do what I know every [likely relationship of those living to those killed] in America will do, which is [poignant statement relevant to likely status of those murdered], and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another.  But there are families in [name or town or state] who cannot do that tonight.  And they need all of us right now.  In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. [boilerplate statement about having to come together or take action].

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  •  how to the point. (0+ / 0-)

    You forgot to place the acting direction (wipe tear, pause for effect)

    Not to diminish what PBO has said or done, but the point (I think) is how automatic the response is but nothing gets done.  I have seen diaries regarding better health care, better jobs, better gun control, etc.  All are good ideas, but all require the  "leaders" to get off their collective asses and agree to make these things happen.  Problem is is that these issues are large, multi-level and require rethinking of everything these "leaders" know.  And a health dose of actually caring for people and not being a greedy assh..le.  Something it seem too few people in power (business, corporate, etc) seem interested (note I did not say politics since we all know that the ones mention do the really work, the politicans just follow who gives them the money).

    Two quotes I wish to live by "Strength and Honor" (Gladiator) and "Do or Do Not, There is no Try" (SW-ESB).

    by SQD35R on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:52:40 PM PST

    •  No the tears were sincere... (0+ / 0-)

      As was the statement.

      But maybe the tears came because he realized that against the gun lobby and Republican gun nuts even the president is powerless.

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