President Obama's statement on Colorado shooting
July 20th, 2012
07:07 AM ET
10 years ago

President Obama's statement on Colorado shooting

(CNN) - President Barack Obama issued the following statement responding to Friday's shooting in Colorado.

At least 12 people were killed and 50 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, a police official told reporters.

Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.


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  1. mm

    Too many crazy people in this country running around with guns.

    July 20, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  2. isaac

    Lets PLEASE not make this political. Out of respect for those effected.

    July 20, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. SPW

    Beautiful sentiment from Obama

    July 20, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. MrMr

    Liberals take the Bible out of schools, ridicule those who have good morals and integrity, labeling them "bigots" and "intolerant". Then they claim to be "shocked and saddened" when see the horrible results of these actions. Mankind is desperately evil without God. The more we reject God, the worse the world will get.

    July 20, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. Toni Hartig

    President Obama besides being shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado, should pledge to do something about all the violence in the US. My father was a hunter and enjoyed the sport,but he did not need an automatic weapon to shot an animal. He used his skill. Having stronger gun control is one of the solutions the president can promise as part of his commitment to help.

    July 20, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. Tr1Xen

    For once, I agree with you.

    July 20, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  7. joshfourriershow

    If only we as Americans could come together before horrible things like this happen. Maybe, just maybe, these kind of things wouldn't happen in the first place. This country is so divided... over really dumb things. Or things as a matter of opinion, like politics. Its such a shame that it takes something horrible to happen to show our love and humanity for our fellow brothers and sisters. Think about that one.

    July 20, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. NTM

    So horrifically sad.

    July 20, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. HenryB

    A compassionate response; a response probably ridiculed by those who hate our President.

    July 20, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. luckjoe

    Obama seems more concerned about this than he was the Ft. Hood shooting.

    July 20, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Don't politicize the tragedy. I understand that there are close to hundred FBI agents already at the scene. The federal response has been strong.

    July 20, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. ebhouston

    My Prayers are with the People of Colorado.

    July 20, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. NM

    Why does not americas think about making arms possession illegal
    I see many stores and websites selling guns like toys
    This is a pure case of both government and people negligence
    And there must be a ban on movies that promote sadistic and violent scenes

    July 20, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. Well said

    President Obama's response is a sensitive expression to an American tragedy that effects us all. Reading Romney's response I could not help but notice how canned his brief robotic comment sounds. Romney is so out of touch even with his own remarks.

    July 20, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. Joe

    Get rid of the guns, get rid of the killings. Please please please remove guns from this society. How many more must die???

    July 20, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. Steve Lyons

    I'm certain this was a paid government agent trying to create a crisis, for Obama and the liberals to rally around. Why was there not another ARMED civilian in the theater capable of stopping this? Just the other day a 75 year old armed civilian successfully disrupted a TWO MAN ARMED robbery attempt a Florida internet cafe'.

    A curse on any politician that trys to use this to infringe on the Second Amendment.

    July 20, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. LB

    I think this should be an attack free weekend by both parties. Put aside the difference and support the families as the learn of what has happened. Everyone should come together and support each other. We all bleed red, and we all cry the same tears.

    Politics can be put on the back burner for the next few days.

    Shock and sadness are all I feel today. I couldn't begin to understand how people in that community are feeling, but will support them anyway i can.

    July 20, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. Alfred

    Some men just want to watch the world burn....

    July 20, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. lou

    Once again, violence has devastated innocent people in our country. To those who are left to grieve, please know there are many of us thinking of you, praying with you.

    July 20, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |

    God please bless the souls of the people lost in this tragedy and the hearts of their family members. Thank you for such a kind and compasionate President who really cares about the average citizen. Please be with them all. Amen.

    July 20, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. IQ

    “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.” - That's Mitt Romney's response. COMPARE THEM! They were obviously written by the same person! Obama and Romney have the same writers? Wow this system (govt and media) is so fake and corrupt.

    Just read the first line folks, look at how AMAZINGLY SIMILAR it is! Style, syntax, everything!

    July 20, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Anonymous

    To PResident OBama, as the outstanding president of the united states of America that you are, there is one thing that in the eyes of the world needs to be done in order to gain the recognition of the best country to live in and that is take away all those guns....there is no need for it....there are tons of countries that live without them – the united states can do it too.

    July 20, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Wake up people

    I love our President and first lady. What class acts they both are.

    This is a horrible tragedy, my heart goes out to all of the victims, their families, and all that are affected by this senseless act. Thank God they got him. I heard there was a baby among the victims. What a monster.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 20, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Chris

    I will be absolutely disgusted if I ever see one negative comment on here from a rightwinger; tea partier; conservative or racist that has the nerve or audacity to say something bad to or about President Obama for making this rightful statement and genuinely being compassionate. Please people! This is not the time to be unamerican, vile and spew vitriol to our President during this very tragic time. Y'all WATCH...I will be very surprised if I didn't see an opponent or critic of the President use this incident to vilify him. Prove me wrong please.

    Obama 2012.

    July 20, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. stew

    Thank you Mr. President for the prayers as the people in Aurora Colorado need them and I will pray as well.

    July 20, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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