President Barack Obama says the tragic movie theater shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead is a reminder that life
is fragile. He says the event "reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family." (July 20)
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Location: Fort Myers, FloridaSource: Pool[SOT/:President Barack Obama/POTUS]"And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event. I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the differences between myself and my opponent in this election. But 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. By now many of you know, many of you have heard that a few miles outside of Denver, in a town called Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. And dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital. Some of the victims are being treated at a children's hospital. We're still gathering all the facts about what happened in Aurora, but what we do know is that the police have one suspect in custody, and the federal government stands ready to do whatever's necessary to bring whoever's responsible for this heinous crime to justice." (APPLAUSE)[SOT/:President Barack Obama/POTUS]"I'm sure that many of you who are parents here had the same reaction that I did when I heard this news. You know, my daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at 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. But 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. So, again, I am -- I'm so grateful that all of you are here. I am --I am -- I am so moved by your support. But there are going to be other days for politics. This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection for..." (APPLAUSE)[SOT/:President Barack Obama/POTUS]"So -- so what I'd -- what I'd ask everybody to do, I'd like us to pause in a moment of silence for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities every single day. So if everybody can just take a moment. Thank you, everybody."