*On Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona President Obama called for an end to the political finger-pointing that has erupted in the aftermath of a gunman’s rampage last Saturday, urging Americans not to use the tragedy that took six lives to turn on one another.

In a widely anticipated address, Mr. Obama told more than 14,000 people in a at the University of Arizona – and millions watching on their TVs, computers and mobile devices as well as listening on the radio – that it was time to “pause for a moment, and to make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds”:

“Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding,” the president said. “Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.”

“None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind, he also reminded.”

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