President Obama Calls Colorado Theater Shootings "Senseless"
He’s been busy trying to secure his re-election this November, but President Barack Obama put his schedule on hold today to address the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado in the wee hours of this morning.
The Commander-in-Chief was troubled by the twelve deaths and dozens of injuries that occurred when a gunman opened fire at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Obama began, "This morning we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family. The federal government stands ready to do whatever's necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice."
"We will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people. We're going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time."
"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. While we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living."
He continued, "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. 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. 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."
"I'm sure many of you who are parents here had the same reaction I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been in 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. 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."
After details surrounding last night's tragic shooting spree in a Denver movie theater were made public, Warner Bros. has decided to cancel the French premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Paris today.
According to a report, the foreign press event, which was originally scheduled for this evening, has been axed and all interviews with the cast are also off.
Meanwhile Warner Bros. has released the following statement in wake of the tragedy- “Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
Police have identified James Holmes as a suspect in the incident. According to press, the 24-year-old reportedly entered the packed Century Aurora Theatre just after midnight and opened fire on the crowd, hitting and killing twelve people while seriously wounding fifty others. One of the deceased victims has been confirmed as being a 6-year-old child.
The gunman wore a gas mask and set off a smoke or tear gas bomb while carrying a rifle, a handgun, and another weapon. Authorities say the crowd initially thought the gunshots "were part of the movie."
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