Quotations of the day

By The Associated Press | December 17, 2012 | 3:33 AM EST

"Can say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? I've been reflecting on this the last few days. If we're honest without ourselves, the answer is no. And we will have to change." — President Barack Obama saying he would use "whatever power this office holds" to engage with law enforcement, mental health professionals, parents and educators to prevent more tragedies like the shooting in Newtown, Conn.


. "I feel like we have to get back to normal, but I don't know if there is normal anymore. I'll definitely be dropping them off and picking them up myself for a while." — Kim Camputo, mother of two children, ages 5 and 10, who attend a different school in Newtown, Conn.


"Assault weapons were developed for the U.S. military, not commercial gun manufacturers. This is a moment to start a very serious national conversation about violence in our society, particularly about these acts of mass violence." — Sen. Joe Lieberman saying military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States.