"In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, because what choice do we have? We can't accept events like this as routine," he said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after years is somehow the price of our freedom?"
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