2012 Aurora shooting
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- Even as we come to learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings. 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 that life worth living...The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers; husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters; friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled. And if there's anything to take away from this tragedy, it's a reminder that life is fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters in the end are not the small and trivial things which often consume our lives. It's how we choose to treat one another, and love one another. It's what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That's what matters. That's why we're here.
- President Barack Obama, Weekly Address-Remembering The Victims Of The Aurora, Colorado Shooting, July 21, 2012.
- There was a law called the Federal Assault Weapons Ban [signed in 1994], but the law was written with an expiry date and Congress let it expire in 2004. That law banned possession of certain types of assault weapons, including the weapon James Holmes used in Aurora last week. The law banned possession of large-capacity bullet clips, so people could only purchase guns that could hold 10 bullets. But since the law expired in 2004, Holmes was able to use a weapon that held 100 bullets at a time. It’s like something out of a science fiction novel, frankly.
- Robert Spitzer, professor of political science at State University of New York at Cortland, to Jon Frosch, in "America's 'historic attachment to guns'", France24, July 23, 2012.
- If this coward could have done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love.
- Jordan Ghawi, brother of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, at her memorial, Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas. As quoted in Associated Press, Funeral held for San Antonio victim in Colorado theater massacre, Dallas Morning News, July 28, 2012.
- People see cases like this and say 'it's really terrible but let's not change our gun laws'...I think Americans have simply come to learn to accept this level of violence and many don't realize that most other developed nations don't have this kind of problem. It's easy to say this is the price you pay for our freedoms when it's not your child or your neighbor or your friend.
- Tom Mauser, father of Daniel Mauser who was killed at Columbine High School in 1999, speaking about the Aurora shooting in the Huffington Post. As quoted in Brad Knickerbocker, Colorado shooting: A day of prayerful memorials and a presidential visit, Christian Science Monitor, July 22, 2012.
- Psychotic gunmen no longer seem to have any motive beyond a general anger.
James Holmes appears to have shot dead 12 people in Colorado's Aurora cinema in July simply because they were watching a Batman film and he saw himself as the Joker.