News / USA

Obama, Boehner Condemn Colorado Killings

The American flag is seen at half-staff over the White House in Washington, July 20, 2012.
The American flag is seen at half-staff over the White House in Washington, July 20, 2012.
Kent Klein
WHITE HOUSE – President Barack Obama has sent messages of condolence and sorrow to all Americans following the massacre in Colorado movie theater Friday that killed 12 people and wounded scores of others. The president says the killing is a reminder that life is fragile, limited and precious.
 
Flags atop the White House and other U.S. government buildings are flying at half-staff, to honor those killed in Friday’s rampage in the western city of Aurora, Colorado.

In his weekly address Saturday, President Obama reassured the American people that the government will do everything it can to bring the shooter to justice and ensure public safety.



Obama encouraged Americans to pray and reflect, and to remember that what matters in life is how people live and treat each other.

“Even as we come to learn how this happened and who is responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings," the president said.  "Such evil is senseless, beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.”

The president spoke in personal terms, saying the incident reminded him of his love for his two daughters.

“Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter this weekend, as I am sure you will do with your children.  But for those parents who may not be so fortunate, we need to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation,” Obama said.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said he joins President Obama in sending condolences to the families of those killed and wounded.  He also commended the rescue workers, doctors and nurses who tended to the victims.



“Words cannot capture the horror or make sense of something so senseless, so I will not try," Boehner said. "This much I know: I know that when confronted with evil we cannot comprehend, Americans pull together and embrace our national family more tightly.”

Shooter arrested

Shortly after the killings, James Holmes, 24, was arrested in the theater parking lot.

Since the shootings, there has been debate about the need for stronger gun laws.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms.

After Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot and wounded at a public appearance in January, 2011, the president called for a three-step plan to more tightly restrict the distribution of guns.

He proposed enforcing existing laws, rewarding states that furnish the best information about gun owners, and improving procedures for checking the background of those who want to buy guns.

In his 2008 election campaign,  Obama supported a plan to restore a ban on assault weapons, but he has not proposed legislation to do so.

Photo Gallery: Aurora, Colorado Shooting Aftermath


  • Judy Goos, second from left, hugs her daughter's friend, Isaiah Bow, 20, while eye witnesses Emma Goos, 19, left, and Terrell Wallin, 20, right, gather outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning July 20, 2012 in Denver.
  • Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interviewed by police outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning after a shooting at a movie theater, in Denver, Colorado, July 20, 2012.
  • Shamecca Davis hugs her son, Isaiah Bow, who was an eye witness to the shooting, outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning in Denver, Colorado, July 20, 2012.
  • Police outside of Century 16 movie theater where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting during the showing of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • An Aurora Police officer talks on his radio outside of the Century 16 theater at Aurora Mall where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012.
  • Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates talks to media at Aurora Mall where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theater, July 20, 2012.
  • A SWAT team officer stands watch near an apartment house where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012.

You May Like

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

They're seeing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more wildfires, erosion of glaciers, shorelines More

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries More

Magical Photo Slides Show Native Americans in Late 1800s

Walter McClintock spent 20 years photographing the Blackfoot Indians and their vanishing culture at the dawn of the modern age More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
July 22, 2012 7:58 AM
What's the porpose of this shooting? The answer would be gotten before long since the murder is alive. Is he mad? How are his family members feeling now and how are they going to live a life from now on? If a similar case happens in Japan, it's usual that the criminal's parents are denounced for their raising manner.

by: its Me from: The wilds of California
July 21, 2012 10:48 PM
In the United States of America, 51% of all homicides are done by firearms, in which we have over 25,000 plus laws to cover this. The non firearms homicides are 49%. Has anyone have a game plan for these poor souls who are murdered by others means, who don’t make it into the even news and don’t get there fifteen minutes of fame?.

by: Passivevoices from: Islamabad
July 21, 2012 6:18 PM
Colorado shooting is an incident having all the components of an act of terror but mercifully, the shooter is not a Muslim and, therefore, not a terrorist. According to reports, when Holmes’ apartment was searched, it was found to be booby-trapped with explosives, forcing authorities to evacuate five buildings along the street as a precaution. It was a clear case of terrorism but the authorities are trying to soften the impact and describing the incident as “an act of extreme violence”. If this is not an act of terrorism, then what is? Read more at: http://passivevoices.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/colorado-shooting-is-a-mini-911-but-the-shooter-is-not-a-terrorist/

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs