Early this morning as the new Batman movie started a gunman entered the theatre, tossed gas canisters into the room, and opened fire with three guns. He had a total of four weapons with him. He shot 71 people, 12 are confirmed dead so far. Many are still in critical condition at nearby hospitals. Today is a day of reflection, mourning, and prayer for those injured in this senseless act of violence. Prayers and thoughts for the victims, those in the hospitals, their families, those who survived and were not injured, the first responders, and the family of the shooter. All of them have to come to terms with what happened, the loss and tragedy of it all.
“Now, even as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and fathers; they were husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled.
And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another.
It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That’s what matters. At the end of the day, what we’ll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others. That’s why we’re here.
I’m sure that many of you who are parents here had the same reaction that I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children. But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.
So, again, I am so grateful that all of you are here. I am so moved by your support. But there are going to be other days for politics. This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.”
Mitt Romney said in a speech today:
“Our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy. Ann and I join the President and First Lady and all Americans in offering our deepest condolences for those whose lives were shattered in a few moments of evil in Colorado. I stand before you today not as a man running for office but as a father and grandfather a husband an American. This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another and how much we love and care for our great country. There is so much love and goodness in the heart of America.”
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns have pulled all political advertising from Colorado for the time being.
Updated 7/21/2012 to include the weekly address by President Obama on the shooting:
- Colorado Shooting News Conference: Aurora Police Chief Speaks On Tragedy (VIDEO) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/colorado-shooting-news-conference_n_1690270.html
- 12 killed, 50 wounded at Aurora movie theater (http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21118201/unknown-number-people-shot-at-aurora-movie-theater?_requestid=1298986)
- Statement by President Barack Obama on the Shooting in Colorado http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/20/statement-president-barack-obama-shooting-colorado
- Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on the Shooting in Colorado http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/20/statement-vice-president-joe-biden-shooting-colorado
- Mitt Romney: Ann And I Are Saddened By Today’s Tragedy In Colorado http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2012/07/mitt-romney-ann-and-i-are-saddened-todays-tragedy-colorado
Links in article:
Mitt Romney Makes Statement On Aurora, Colorado Shootings http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/mitt-romney-colorado-shooting_n_1690091.html?ref=topbar Video of President Obama’s speech on the page.
Remarks by the President on the Shootings in Aurora, Colorado http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/20/remarks-president-shootings-aurora-colorado
Mitt Romney Makes Statement On Aurora, Colorado Shootings http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/mitt-romney-colorado-shooting_n_1690091.html?ref=topbar Video of Mitt Romneys comments
Obama, Romney pull Colorado ads off air in wake of Aurora shooting http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/obama-romney-pulling-colorado-ads-off-air-in-wake-of-aurora-shooting/2012/07/20/gJQA2pu2xW_blog.html