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Obama says he is 'shocked' by Colorado shooting

By Ken Thomas

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:07 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2012

MANALAPAN, Fla. >> President Barack Obama said today he was "shocked and saddened" by a deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater and urged the nation to "come together as one American family" in the aftermath of the tragedy.

His campaign announced Obama was cutting short a two-day Florida swing and returning to the White House.

Obama said in a statement that he and first lady Michelle Obama were shocked by the "horrific and tragic" shooting. Obama said his administration would do everything they can to support the people of Aurora, Colo.

"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," Obama said.

Obama talked about the shooting at a campaign rally in Fort Myers, Fla. He dropped plans to attend a re-election rally at Rollins College in Winter Park, near Orlando.

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Changalang wrote:
Domestic terror episodes by lone wolf actors are the greatest threat to the future and liberty of OUR Republic. These guys shouldn't win. There should be no media rewards for these attention craving sickos, and Americans should retaliate by being more free. I am going to make time to see Batman and buy an extra ticket in protest; vs. what France is doing by postponement of the opening. We can never give power to any terrorist action by response of compromising our lifestyle in response to their acts of evil. Period.
on July 20,2012 | 08:45AM
serious wrote:
The problem is that no candidate will oppose gun control. The NRA is too $$$$ powerful. I believe in a citizen having a gun to protect themselves---no question. But why in the heck we allow assault rifles being sold. One shot from one rifle will kill a deer for subsistance or to cull out the herd, but those multi shot things that the Obama administration gave to the Mexican drug runners should be outlawed! The bad guys have better weapons than law enforcement.
on July 20,2012 | 09:22AM
primowarrior wrote:
True. Obama used to advocate for tighter controls, but seems to have backed down from that. Romney did his usual flip flop where he advocated for tighter controls earlier on and even signed gun control legislation as governor, then joined the NRA before he started his first Presidential campaign. Seems to me that something could be done to help keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of nut cases without curtailing 2nd Amendment rights, but neither candidate wants to take on the NRA.
on July 20,2012 | 09:44AM
Changalang wrote:
I am actually shocked that in Colorado there wasn't an armed response from inside the theater against the gunman. If it had been in a Texas theater; probably a much different outcome would have ensued. I don't think any legislation could reel in the assault weapons already available and purchased all over the country. My gun control hopes are limited to Hawaii. The Courts and local law enforcement have done an excellent job of hammering firearm offenders; however, the recent upsurge in gun sales here is starting to show on FBI stats. I prefer not to make assumptions about the war on the Southern border other than to be grateful that whatever operations are underway down there are successfully keeping the mass homicide events in Mexico; where they belong.
on July 20,2012 | 09:44AM
Living_Large wrote:
The theater had "gunbuster" signs. It was a "gun free zone". Those who would normally carry were probably complying with the wishes of the theater.
on July 20,2012 | 10:01AM
Changalang wrote:
Wow. Too bad the shooter did not comply as well.
on July 20,2012 | 10:42AM
Living_Large wrote:
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on July 20,2012 | 07:33PM
Changalang wrote:
The theater needed more criminals then. This guy was a psycho punk. Body armor, flash-bangs, and 6,000 rounds with an easy give up to law enforcement is all coward. I am glad he went with a .223. Much lower kill count. The smirk on that punk's face in his mugshot makes my blood boil. What kind of weasel targets random mass innocents in a pre-meditated death trap. Those kind of guys have people in their circle that knew what lurked inside him. Like Paterno; somebody knew what this guy was capable of and said nothing. Maybe an old girlfriend, or friend from the early teen years. Hope he suffers at least as much as he handed out in prison. Didn't even have the decency to kill his own sorry a55 after. Fifteen minutes of fame for heartless animal. No justice.
on July 20,2012 | 09:26PM
Living_Large wrote:
"Shocked and saddened" Mr. obama? Really? Is that the best you can do? What's a matter, no teleprompter to help you out? We need to get rid of this clown in November!
on July 20,2012 | 09:59AM
sluggah wrote:
Regardless of gun restrictions, criminals and nut cases will always be able to arm themselves. “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” - Joseph Stalin “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” - Mao Tze Tung, Nov 6 1938 “Armas para que? (“Guns, for what?”)” A response to Cuban citizens who said the people might need to keep their guns, after Castro announced strict gun control in Cuba. - Fidel Castro
on July 20,2012 | 05:29PM
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