President Obama Addresses 'Dark Night' Shooting

July 20, 2012 By:
President Obama Addresses 'Dark Night' Shooting

In the wake of the tragic Dark Knight shooting that took place at an Aurora, Colorado theater the president has already spoken up.

President Obama addressed the incident at what was meant to be a campaign rally in Fort Myers, Florida.

“I was looking forward to having a fun conversation…” he started. “But this morning we woke up to news of a tragedy…”

Obama ensured viewers of the address that the federal government is committed to discovering the facts of what happened and bringing those responsible to justice.

Even in tragedy, though, Obama asked citizens to see this as a "reminder that life is very fragile” and reflect on “what makes life worth living.”

He then related the incident to his own children's trips to the theater and called for a moment of silence.

Before the public address, Obama and the first lady released the following statement:

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time.

“We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people and caring for those who have been wounded. 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 prayer as they confront the loss of family, friends and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”