DENVER – Speaking just miles from the scene of the Colorado movie theater shooting, President Obama said Americans needed “to put an end” to “senseless” violence that killed 12 in Aurora and six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, although he offered no specific solutions.
“I think we can all acknowledge we’ve got to put an end to this kind of senseless violence,” Obama told a campaign rally in Denver on Wednesday.
"Whether in Aurora, whether it’s in Oak Creek, whether it’s in Tucson, whether it’s in cities all across America where too many lives are cut short because of senseless violence – this is going to have to stop," he said. "And as an American family, as one American family, we’re going to have to come together and look at all the approaches that we can take to try to bring an end to it.”
Since the back-to-back shootings, Obama has called for soul searching on the issue of violence, but made no forceful push for new laws. White House aides have noted that the president supports reinstating a ban on the sale of assault weapons but sees no sign that Congress is moving toward action.