Obama pauses in remembrance of Sandy Hook victims

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a candle lighting to remember the 20 children and 6 adult school employees killed in New Town, MA one year ago, at the White House December 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school with a moment of silence at the White House.

Before pausing to remember the Connecticut school tragedy a year ago Saturday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama lit 26 votive candles set up on a table in the Map Room - one candle for each of the 20 children and six staff members who were killed.

In his weekly radio address released a few hours earlier, Obama said the nation hasn't done enough to make its communities safer by keeping dangerous people from getting guns and healing troubled minds.

Gun restrictions he backed in response to the shooting faced stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association and ultimately stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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