President Obama Marks Newtown Anniversary with Moment of Silence

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama marked the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting Saturday by lighting candles and observing a moment of silence in the White House.


President and Mrs. Obama lit 26 candles, one for each victim, Dec. 14, 2013, Washington, D.C. (Credit: CNN)

The Obamas entered the Map Room at 9:29 a.m. and lit 26 candles, one for each victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After each candle was lit, the President and Mrs. Obama bowed their heads for a moment of silence, as the sound of photographers’ clicking cameras filled the room.

Mr. Obama did not make any remarks at the candle lighting.

In his weekly address, the President called for tighter gun control and expanded mental healthcare.

“We haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer,” the president said.

“We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds.”

There will be no official ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the shooting because the victims’ families have asked for privacy.


A makeshift memorial was set up on the main road leading to Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, Conn., the week of Dec. 17, 2012. (Credit: CNN)

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into the school with a rifle and opened fire killing 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook.  Then he killed himself.

Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother Nancy at their home before going to the school.

It was never determined why Lanza targeted Sandy Hook. He attended the school briefly, but there did not appear to be a recent connection.

Last month, the Connecticut state attorney’s office released its official report on what happened.

The investigation provided details into Lanza’s life and actions, but his motive remained a mystery.

CNN contributed to this report