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House Observes Moment of Silence for Colorado Victims

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives observed a somber moment of silence today to honor the 12 killed and 58 wounded in last Friday’s shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, the Colorado Democrat who represents the part of Aurora where the tragedy struck, led the House with remarks on behalf of Colorado’s entire House delegation.

“I stand here with a lot of sadness with my friends from the Colorado delegation. We’re a pretty tight-knit group,” Perlmutter began, surrounded in the well of the House chamber by Colorado Democrats and Republicans. “We had a terrible incident in Aurora, Colorado on Friday. You all are well aware of it. Twelve people were killed, 58 were wounded and it with sadness and grief that we come before you today.”

Perlmutter said that while Coloradoans remember the victims of the shooting, there is “silver lining in this very, very dark moment in the history of Colorado” characterized by the “bravery, and selflessness and heroism among the people that were in that theatre that night.”

“Anyone of us can tell you stories of how people to complete strangers were willing to give up their own lives to save the life of the stranger next to them. In times when it is difficult like that you want to find bright spots, and there were many,” he said. “Another bright spot was the courage demonstrated by the Aurora police and the fire department and the FBI and the ATF in the face of what was a monstrous action by this guy.”

James Holmes, 24, is suspected of bursting into a movie theater and engaging in a shooting spree shortly after the opening night showing of The Dark Knight Rises began. Holmes was quickly arrested behind the theatre without incident.

“In Colorado, we consider ourselves to be pretty tough. Aurorans where this act took place are pretty tough,” he continued. “It hurts. We all hurt, but we’re resilient and we will get through it and the stories that some of those who are injured are sharing actually really do lighten the day.”

Perlmutter thanked his colleagues in the House for a “tremendous outpouring of sympathy and condolences and compassion” before observing 21 seconds of silence in the House chamber.

“I ask that all of you stand with me and our delegation in a moment of silence to honor the memory of those that were killed, the wounded victims and all Americans during this time of healing,” Perlmutter declared. “We will remember these people who were hurt and we will help them all along the way.”

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Aurora Shooting: Senate Observes Moment of Silence

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate on Monday observed a moment of silence for the 12 people who died and 58 who were injured in the Aurora, Colo., shooting last week.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., led the Senate in the pause as the Senate opened up the floor for business for the week.

“This afternoon the Senate pauses to remember those killed in last week's horrific shooting in Colorado,” Reid said. “Today we pause to mourn the dead but also honor how they lived. We pledge our support to the people of Aurora, Colo., both as they grieve and as they begin to heal from this terrible tragedy.”

Reid asked how to “make sense of something that’s so senseless,” and said that the nation may never know the “motivations behind this terrible crime.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., read the names of the 12 victims and asked for prayers for the injured as they recover.

“There are few things more common in America than going out to a movie with friends, which is why the first response most of us had to the shootings in on aurora was to think, it could have been any of us,” McConnell said. “It's the randomness of a crime like this that makes it impossible to understand and so hard to accept.”

Not mentioning suspect James Holmes by name, McConnell called him a “monster,” and called on the nation to come together to honor the memory of the victims.

“As is almost always the case in moments like this, the horror has been tempered somewhat by the acts of heroism and self-sacrifice that took place in the midst of the violence.” McConnell said. “We were also moved by the outpouring of compassion that followed and by the refusal of the people of Aurora to allow the monster who committed this crime to eclipse the memory of the people he killed.”

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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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