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Romney Puts Partisanship Aside in Wake of Colorado Shooting

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Mitt Romney Sunday evening pledged to be “less partisan” at a high-dollar fundraiser, the first he’s attended since the Colorado shooting that claimed 12 lives, telling a group of about 250 supporters that he would trade his usual jabs at the president for a renewed focus on his own vision for America.

“I will note that my remarks here today will not be as partisan as normal and instead I am going to talk about my vision for the country, in part keeping with the seriousness and the thoughts of the day,” Romney said at the event held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

“We obviously have heavy hearts,” Romney said, referring to the aftermath of last week’s deadly shooting.  “It is a reminder of loss, a loss of young minds and youthful voices and souring spirits lost senselessly and thoughtlessly.  We turn to a power greater than our own to understand purpose and if not to understand at least to be able to soothe the wounds of those who have been so seriously hurt.”

Romney, whose campaign has pulled advertising from the Colorado airwaves since the tragedy, dedicated a previously scheduled campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday to a statement on the incident, forgoing his regular stump speech and instead offering his condolences.

On Sunday evening, the event began with a moment of silence, and Romney offered his approval of President Obama’s decision to visit families in Aurora, Colo., earlier Sunday.

“I appreciate you convening a moment of silence, our hearts are with the many people who have lost loved ones in Colorado and other places, but particularly we are thinking of the people in Aurora, Colorado and the tragedy that occurred there, the senseless killing there,” said Romney.  “I know the president will be there before he’ll be here in San Francisco visiting with families and the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day.  I appreciate that.”

Romney’s first campaign event is scheduled for Monday, where he will hold a small business roundtable in Costa Mesa, Calif.  Obama will also get back on the stump Monday, campaigning in Nevada and California.

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White House Suggests Obama Will Not Push for More Gun Control

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House signaled on Sunday that President Obama, who has seldom shown much appetite to fight with the powerful National Rifle Association, did not intend to make a push for stricter gun controls in the wake of the shootings in Aurora, Colo.

“The president’s views on this are, as he has stated and as he spelled out in the op-ed that was published in an Arizona newspaper, which is that he believes we need to take steps that protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but that ensure that we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Air Force One as the president flew to Colorado.

The op-ed to which Carney referred was published in the Arizona Star in March 2011, two months after the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., in which six people were killed and 13 -- including now former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- were wounded.  The president in that op-ed called for a focus on “sound and effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.”

This included a push to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System with better state data by rewarding those states that “provide the best data -- and therefore do the most to protect our citizens,” and making the system “faster and nimbler” with “an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can’t escape it.”

This wouldn’t have had any impact on the alleged Aurora shooter, since James Holmes had no criminal record, save for one speeding ticket.  All indications are that he purchased his weapons perfectly legally.

“The president’s view is that we can take steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under existing law,” Carney said.  “And that’s his focus right now.”

Asked about the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, which might have covered one of the weapons used by the shooter, and perhaps a large capacity ammunition feeding device, Carney suggested that there was no new push for the ban to be renewed.

“The president is focused on doing the things that we can do that protect Second Amendment rights, which he thinks is important, but also to make it harder for individuals who should not, under existing law, have weapons to obtain them,” Carney repeated.

Asked if the president believed “gun control should now have sort of a larger role in the campaign,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “I think this stage where this is so fresh and new for so many people, including the people in Colorado, who are still mourning the loss of their loved ones, will be for a long time, many people are still recovering, we’re still learning what exactly happened here and more details -- that’s where our focus is right now.  And so it’s really too early to say how this will play.  And again, we’re just taking it day by day.  That’s what our focus is today.”

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Gov. John Hickenlooper: James Holmes Would Have Created ‘Horror’ Without Guns

ABC News (AURORA, Colo.) -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested Sunday morning on “This Week” that even if Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes did not have access to guns, he would have found a way to create “horror.”

“This wasn’t a Colorado problem. This is a human problem,” Hickenlooper said. “Even if he didn’t have access to guns, this guy was diabolical…he would have found explosives. He would have found something…he would have done something to create this horror.”

George Stephanopoulos also spoke with the mayor of Aurora, Steve Hogan, who said Holmes appeared “normal.”

“He just by every standard appeared normal,” said Hogan. “He did have friends. He had made connections. He had people he went drinking with on Friday nights.”

On Friday, 24-year-old James Holmes allegedly entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. The incident is the largest mass shooting in American history.

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