54,504 Shot in America This Year - 234 Today
...but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it
- NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
12 Killed, 70 Victims in Colo. Theater Shooting (From AP News Reports)
Aurora, Colo. - A gunman wearing a gas mask and black SWAT gear hurled a gas canister inside a crowded movie theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie Friday and then opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding nearly 60 others. Eleven are in critical condition.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Coates said suspect John Holmes purchased four guns at local gun shops and 6,000 rounds of ammunition through the Internet. Among the guns was an AR-15 rifle and that the gunman used two gas canisters, all apparent legal purchases.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rips Obama and Romney on gun control
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had sharp words for President Obama and Mitt Romney in the wake of Friday’s massacre in Colorado, saying the “soothing words” from the presidential contenders are not enough.
“You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” Bloomberg said in an interview with WOR News Talk Radio 710 in New York City. Read on at the Hill...
President Obama Responds to the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado
[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.
Statement by Mitt Romney on the Shooting in Colorado
"Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice."
Mitt Romney's Official Policy Statement on Gun Rights "Protect the Second Admendment
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on the Shooting in Colorado
Jill and I were shocked to learn of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado this morning. The reason this is so deeply felt by all Americans is that, but for the grace of God, the victims could have been any one of our children, in any one of our towns. It is every parent’s worst nightmare to receive ‘that phone call’ and to sit by their child’s bedside, praying. We know what it’s like to wait and wonder and the helplessness a parent feels at this moment. Our hearts go out to each and every person who is suffering right now as a result of this terrible event. The prayers of an entire nation are with the victims and their families. We stand with the city of Aurora and the state of Colorado in mourning.
Sen. Portman Statement on Tragic Massacre in Colorado
Jane and I join all Americans in expressing our condolences to the families and friends of those whose lives were cut short by the senseless act of violence in Colorado last night. They are in our prayers this morning, as are those victims who were injured and a community now in grief.
Sen. Brown Statement on the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado
Connie's and my thoughts and prayers are with families of the victims of this morning’s tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Law enforcement is still investigating this senseless act of violence to ensure that the gunman is brought to justice. As those efforts continue, I know that many of us in Ohio will continue to keep the Colorado families affected by the tragedy in our thoughts.
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt Has Issued No Statement
The NRA Statement
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the community. NRA will not have any further comment until all the facts are known.
Statement of Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence
We Don't Want Sympathy From The President Or Other Elected Officials; We Invite Americans To Join Our Campaign To Hold Politicians Accountable To Act
Statement from Brady Campaign President Dan Gross in response to the massacre in Aurora, Colorado:
On behalf of the Brady Campaign, I send our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
This tragedy is another grim reminder that guns are the enablers of mass killers and that our nation pays an unacceptable price for our failure to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We are outraged. We understand that President Obama has just spoken and so might Mitt Romney.
As someone who has suffered the lasting impact of gun violence, and President of Brady, I can tell you that we don’t want sympathy. We want action. Just this past April 16, the anniversary of the worst mass shooting in American history, 32 victims of gun violence joined us to demand Congress take action to stop arming dangerous people.
Today we are meeting with activists across this country as we continue to call on the American people to add their voice for change through our petition against arming dangerous people at www.bradycampaign.org. We are insistent that our elected leaders take action to prevent future tragedies. Political cowardice is not an excuse for evasion and inaction on this life-and-death issue.”
After Aurora: "We Don't Want Sympathy, We Want Accountability."
“On behalf of the Brady Campaign, I send our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
This tragedy is another grim reminder that guns are the enablers of mass killers and that our nation pays an unacceptable price for our failure to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
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