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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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Rep. Blumenauer Accuses NRA of Political Bullying on Gun Laws

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- As the flags over the U.S. Capitol continue to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week, one Democratic congressman says there is a renewed opportunity “to deal with an epidemic of gun violence” in the United States.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., took to the House floor Monday afternoon to speak out for stronger gun control, blaming the National Rifle Association for poisoning the political dialogue around the controversial issue and “creating phony threats to gun ownership.”

“What is as appalling as the loss of life, is the fact that we not only refuse to do anything about it, but we allow political bullies to intimidate us from even researching the facts,” Blumenauer blasted. “Anytime there is a mass-killing spree, I hope against hope, for a more enlightened reaction.”

Blumenauer targeted the NRA for making it “impossible” to close the gun show loophole, where he said people can purchase “unlimited amounts of guns without a reasonable background check.” He also criticized the gun lobby for helping people on the no-fly list purchase guns while also preventing national security data from being shared between two government agencies.

“The NRA argues that all we need is for existing gun laws to be enforced while they systematically set about to dismantle which laws we have,” he said. “I continue to feel that there’s no reason to permit armor-piercing, cop-killer bullets to be sold like Tic-tac’s, that automatic weapons should be available over the counter with 100-bullet magazines like killer in Colorado had, that facilitate such sprees.”

The nine-term Democrat called on gun owners to “join with politicians, business, [and] the health community to come together to deal with an epidemic of gun violence in a way we would treat any other threat to the safety of our families and our communities.”

“We would study, we would work on solutions together, and we would act,” he imagined. “Sadly, we’re still waiting.”

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Romney Reacts to Colorado Shooting, Evokes God and Prayer

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BOW, N.H.) -- Mitt Romney addressed the first major national tragedy of his candidacy today, offering condolences to those affected in this morning’s Colorado shooting. He also told supporters that the events of the day serve as a reminder to “appreciate our blessings in life.”

The candidate, dressed in a dark suit and a tie, spoke for just under four minutes at a lumberyard that had been chosen to be the site of a Victory Event for his campaign. The original plan was scrubbed as soon as news of the shooting broke earlier in the day.

“I stand before you today not as a man running for office but as a father and grandfather, a husband, an American,” said Romney, standing before an American flag, two others hanging nearby, his podium naked of its usual décor. “This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another. And how much we love and how much we care for our great country. There is so much love and goodness in the heart of America.”

Romney for President signs that are usually staples at the candidate’s events were gone, and no music blared over the speakers as a crowd of about 300 awaited Romney remarks, which were brief and solemn. It was the first time Romney has taken to a national stage to offer condolences to a country in mourning.

To do so, Romney, who rarely mentions his own faith on the trail, evoked God and read from scripture during his remarks. An Anglican Catholic priest led a prayer prior to Romney’s remarks.

“Our hearts break for the victims and their families, we pray that the wounded will recover and that those that are grieving will know the nearness of God,” said Romney. “This morning Colorado lost youthful voices which would have brightened their homes, enriched their schools, and brought joy to their families."

“Our prayer is that the comforter might bring the peace to their souls that surpasses our understanding,” he said. “The Apostle Paul explained, Blessed Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them who are in any trouble.”

The Romney campaign cancelled an event scheduled to be hosted by Ann Romney, and announced that they would also pull their campaign ads currently airing in Colorado.

Romney walked off the stage following his remarks but quickly reemerged, standing beside New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte as well as the priest in a makeshift receiving line, shaking hands and speaking briefly with the long line of supporters filing out of the event. An aide told ABC News that the decision to stay to shake hands with attendants was done at Romney’s request.

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Bloomberg Demands Specifics from Obama, Romney on Gun Violence

Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Hours after the Aurora, Colo., mass shootings early Friday morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg demanded that President Obama and Mitt Romney do more than try to console the victims and survivors by explaining to the country how they will prevent this type of gun violence.

"There are so many murders with guns every day, it's just got to stop," Bloomberg said on WOR Radio. "And this is a real problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them concretely, not just in generalities -- specifically what are they going to do about guns?"

"We can talk about it on the talk shows, we can wring our hands and say it's terrible. You know, 'I need more guns to protect myself,'" Bloomberg continued. "That strategy doesn't work."

Bloomberg, who has been the mayor of the country's largest city for a decade, has overseen a significant drop in the city's crime rate. He said Friday that the problem of gun violence is "growing and it's not just an inner-city, east coast, west coast, big city phenomenon. Aurora is not a big city."

Under Colorado's gun laws it was legal for James Holmes, the 24-year-old Aurora, Colo., man who law enforcement has named as the suspect in today's shootings, to carry the assault-style rifle and shotgun that he allegedly used to kill at least 12 and injure at least 50 more movie-goers in his car.

"If it was one of your kids yesterday in Aurora, maybe you'd stand up and say I'm not going to take this anymore," Bloomberg said. "And instead of the two people -- President Obama and Governor Romney -- talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place, OK, tell us how."

Both candidates support the Second Amendment right to own guns, but the issue, which has played a large role in previous elections, has not been prevalent on the campaign trail in 2012.

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