Reactions have been pouring in regarding the shooting that left twelve dead and between thirty-six and fifty wounded. The gunman has been revealed to have been a medical graduate student who dropped out recently. The family of gunman James Holmes issued a full statement saying:
“Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy.”
President Barack Obama issued his own statement today before canceling the rest of his campaigning in Florida. He said that there would be another day for politics. Obama stated:
“I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you. This morning we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways we are united as one American family. . .We’re going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time. Such violence, such evil is senseless; it’s beyond reason. . .We do know what makes life worth living. People in Aurora loved and were loved. . .If there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it’s the reminder that life is very fragile here, time here is limited and it is precious. What matters at the end of the day is not the small things; it is not the trivial things … Ultimately it is how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another. . .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? . .There are going to be other days for politics; this is a day for prayer and reflection.”
Mitt Romney kept his New Hampshire campaign event, but delayed it considerably.