CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 20, 2012 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: GUNS USED IN COLORADO SHOOTING ALL PURCHASED LEGALLY: A law enforcement source working the investigation tells CNN’s Ed Lavandera:
2 guns were purchased at Bass Pro Shop in Denver
1 gun was purchased at Gander Mountain Guns in Aurora
1 gun was purchased in Gander Mountain Guns in Thorton
Investigators also found a drum magazine, capable of carrying 100 rounds. This was used in the AR-15 assault rifle.
All the weapons, the source said, were purchased legally in the last six months.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Deadly Colorado shooting changes tenor of campaigns...for now
President Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns hit pause on the partisan bickering and were united in expressing sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado. – Halimah Abdullah
Leading Drudge: ‘Joker’ Kills 13 at ‘Batman’
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the gunman suspected of attacking a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, resembled Batman’s arch-villain “The Joker” at the time of the shocking attack. – CBS New York/AP
Leading HuffPo: Movie Theatre Massacre
A graduate student in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. – Thomas Peipert
Leading Politico: Campaigns pause after shootings
President Barack Obama on Friday called the Colorado movie theater shooting “senseless” and said his administration “stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice.” – Reid J. Epstein and Darren Samuelsohn
Leading New York Times: Obama Cuts Short Florida Campaign Trip
President Obama reflected in highly personal ways about the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater on Friday as he cut short a campaign trip and urged Americans to reflect on the fragility of life. – Peter Baker
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What caught our eye today in politics
“There will be other days for politics. This will be a day for prayer and reflection.” – President Barack Obama, speaking in Fort Myers, Florida after cancelling his campaign events.
The political bites of the day
– Romney cancels campaign events –
PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE MITT ROMNEY IN BOW, NEW HAMPSHIRE: “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 - a few moments of evil - in Colorado.”
– Bloomberg calls out Obama, Romney –
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IN AN INTERVIEW WITH WOR RADIO: “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. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’ And you know, we look for was the guy, as you said, maybe trying to recreate Batman. I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop. And instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor Romney – talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how. And this is a real problem.”
– Governor calls shootings “depravity” –
COLORADO GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER AT A PRESS CONFERENCE: “ President Obama called Mayor Hogan this morning, then called me. And I think his words are the same. There is not one of us that doesn’t read or hear of this story, certainly anyone who has children, and think about it being your child in that movie theatre. Or your cousin’s child or your neighbor’s child. And that reality makes the pain and the grief too intense for words, but we can't let it keep us from our lives.”
– This is “tough,” mayor says –
MAYOR STEVE HOGAN: “We’ve taken a blow today but we will get back on our feet and we will move ahead…. We’ll survive this. There’s no way around it. It’s tough. You can’t have that many people die and that many more people be injured in an absolutely senseless situation and not see it as anything but tough.”
– Gun Activists See Cowardice –
BRADY CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT DOUG GROSS: “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. …
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. …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.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
I am stunned and furious at the news of the shooting at the Aurora Century 16 Movie theatre this morning. Our... fb.me/10OEYmHm5—
Rep Ed Perlmutter (@RepPerlmutter) July 20, 2012
Gabby and I were horrified to hear of the tragedy in Colorado last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.—
Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) July 20, 2012
Mark Johnson (@philosophygeek) July 20, 2012
Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) July 20, 2012
Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) July 20, 2012
Andrea McCarren (@AndreaMcCarren) July 20, 2012
Former President George W. Bush NOT going to the GOP convention. HIs spokesman: "He's still enjoying his time off the political stage."—
Kevin Bohn (@KevinBohnCNN) July 20, 2012
Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) July 20, 2012
GUT CHECK DVR
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, talks about the Colorado movie theater massacre, the unraveling of the al-Assad regime in Syria, and Mitt Romney’s upcoming overseas trip. Then, the high stakes battle for control of the Senate with the Virginia Senate candidates, Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine. Plus, the latest on the Colorado theater shooting investigation. 9 a.m. ET on CNN.
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