Hearts around the world were broke on Friday, December 14, 2012 as we learned of the senseless act of evil perpetuated against 20 children and six adults at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in . Newtown, Connecticut
Many people urged
politicians to honor the 28 victims, especially the children, by pushing for
stronger gun control laws. U.S.
Below are some of their messages of condolences…
British Prime Minister David Cameron, said he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the "horrific shooting."
Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to President Barack Obama, saying she was shocked to learn of the "dreadful loss of life" and that the thoughts and prayers of all in the
are with those affected by the events. U.K.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her "deepest sympathy" is reserved for relatives of the victims.
French President Francois Hollande said he was "horrified" by the shooting.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called Friday's attack at
Hook Elementary School
in , a "senseless and
incomprehensible act of evil." Newtown, Connecticut
Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Union's executive Commission, said: "Young lives full of hope have been destroyed. On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu echoed those sentiments in a letter to Obama expressing his horror at the "savage massacre," saying that his country knows the "shock and agony" such cruel acts can bring.
Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI conveyed
"his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the
victims and their families, and to all those affected by the shocking
event" in a condolence message to the monsignor of the diocese in Connecticut that includes . Newtown
Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the events "particularly tragic" given that the majority of the victims were children. "Vladimir Putin asked Barack Obama to convey words of support and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and expressed his empathy with the American people," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his condolences to the American nation at the start of his remarks in
Kabul on Saturday about 's
foreign policy. Afghanistan
"Such incidents should not happen anywhere in the world," Karzai said, adding that
frequently witnesses such tragedies and can sympathize with those affected. Afghanistan
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sent a condolence message to President Obama for the families of the victims. "The sympathy of the Japanese people is with the American people," he said. In
, guns are
severely restricted and there are extremely few gun-related crimes. Japan
Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III said
he and the Filipino people stand beside the "with bowed
heads, yet in deep admiration over the manner in which the American people have
reached out to comfort the afflicted, and to search for answers that will give
meaning and hope to this grim event." United States
And many more messages from all around the world…
Last night, December 16th, President Obama addressed the families of
, offering the
love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds
to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence. Newtown