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The majority of those who died today were children.
Beautiful kids between the ages of five and ten years old.
They have their entire lives ahead of them.
Birthdays and graduation is.
-- -- -- -- -- Among the -- were also teachers.
Men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children.
Fulfill their dreams.
So our hearts are broken today.
For the parents.
Sisters and Brothers of these little children.
And for the families of the adults who lost.
An emotional President Obama.
Reacting to the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut.
For analysis let's go to Washington DC and our panel Fred Barnes executive editor of the weekly standard Kirsten Powers columnist for the Daily Beast.
And syndicated columnist Charles -- him.
Well the first thing I think we have to say -- in trying to look at this -- analyzes.
What requires a huge amount of humility.
The true fact is that we do not know and offered me that after these events are analyzed and thought through.
We really don't know this is a problem of evil and it's been struggling with forever we what we do you know about the good -- current.
Shooting is that people have been divided into three camps that three elements here you've got the psychology of the shooter.
You've got the weapon and you guys -- cultural environment.
And people old choose whichever cause they want to blame -- say it was the guns that were available.
The laws ought to be tightened although the Brady campaign says that Connecticut has a -- strictest laws in the country.
And you've got the environment people on the right tend to say that our culture really desensitize these young people and in movies.
To killing in a way that older generation -- inconceivable that disturbing.
I tend to gravitate towards -- psychology of the of the killer I mean when you think about the details of the crime he began by shooting his mother.
In the face.
Taking her weapon and then destroy everything precious to her colleagues and her children and then killing themselves.
That I think is where I would start although I think all the issues have to be discussed.
-- Yes I think all the issues have to be discussed but -- -- the psychology part.
Have to be paired with the semi automatic weapon in order for something like this to happen and then as the president said today that we need to.
Have you noticed some meaningful action to to deal with this issue this is something now that is starting to.
To almost become epidemic in our country it's not you know in my entire childhood -- I don't even you know.
That if that happened that this was such a rarity and now it's become.
Almost commonplace these shootings.
You know this one is particularly terrible because it involved all these these.
The young children you know five girls and in just the most in the sense of the innocent that you can think of but I do think that we have to look at all of the factors the mental health factors are we looking for the signs are we offering mental health.
You know treatment to the people but also looking -- at that -- -- the gun laws do we have the right gun laws.
And all the different aspects of -- to be an end credit seriously address this issue and not just throw up our hands and say.
Well there's nothing we can do about it these things just happen these things -- shouldn't happen.
-- attorney general holder earlier talked about freedoms and analyzing.
What happened today in and contrast store in context of -- freedoms.
One of the freedoms we have in this country that's been ratified by the Supreme Court is the right to bear arms and individuals can do it and they -- But you know there -- other countries where arms are plentiful.
Countries like Israel in Switzerland -- we don't have.
The hope that that the same homicide rate that we have in the United States.
And then it and we don't have these mass killings over and over again you know my reaction was oh not again you know I think it was a lot of people's reactions so.
The problem in the United States is won the Charles would -- mentioned.
-- -- college the psychology of the people who do these killings of one of Virginia Tech and Columbine and that there are in Aurora Colorado when all these killings.
He won and we have to find some way to keep guns out of -- hands.
Of these people but it's hard to do let -- because what this these guns belong to.
This killer's mother she had him at the home in the son who was.
Not old enough I think to own a firearm.
That got them and took them and use them on -- I don't know how you could.
It really stop that even in the state as Charles said with pretty strict.
Gun control laws the problem is -- we do have good compared to other country with a lot of guns a cultural violence in this country that.
Did that allows a lot of violent acts that happened they -- -- very well here.
And -- people do get guns well we're not gonna band guns in this country they can it do we can curb.
Other number rubble but these were legally owned guns and we're used by.
And presumably ice got such a psychotic person.
Harsh stop that.
Charles very quickly if you're a parent tonight put on your psychiatrists hat.
And your child.
What do you say to.
Well -- that we live in a culture where you can't escape from these events.
Which itself is rather tragic so everybody is exposed.
All you can do is provide them safety and love that's all you can do they know explanations I don't think that's what you want to do -- just showed that that he will protect them.
Because you you love them and they do not have to fear that's all you can say.
Panel as always a tough day but thank you.
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