July 20th, 2012
02:02 PM ET

Obama, after shooting, tells supporters 'Such evil is senseless'

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, speaking Friday at a modified campaign event in Florida, urged a crowd of supporters to set aside politics on a day when the nation's attention was focused on a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Colorado.

"Even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this," Obama said. "Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living."

"I know many of you came here today for a campaign event," Obama continued at the event in Fort Myers. "I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters we face as a country, and the differences between myself and my opponent in this election. But this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Politics

soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. SaveTheUSA

    All guns should be confiscated. They are only used for killing. Police have guns, that's enuff fo me.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • deano

      Careful what you wish for.....

      July 21, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Ka Boom


      The NRA is right. the fukin liberals want to take away our guns. This is why we dont behave like lobsters, i.e. get put into hot water and then boiled to death. We fight any small intrusion on our right to bear arms!

      Go NRA
      Go NRA

      July 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  2. Flamespeak

    Tapping into innocent people's email and phones? Fine.
    Using US troops to fight wars on multiple fronts against an enemy that offers no real threat to the US? Just Peachy
    Helping to run a struggling economy into the ground while calling it progress? Saintly

    Really, I can't take the man's opinion on something like this seriously at all.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:47 am |
    • deano

      Yep. Much better if Barry O. and Mitt the Wit had simply shrugged it off and continued to assault our common sense, our way of life, our government and our country. Politics has no place in the real world.....

      July 21, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  3. Keith

    I don't know if Colorado has CCW or not, but a lot less people may not have been shot had John Q. Public off'd this loser. And don't even start about body armor-someone who can think calmly in a crisis would've figured that out after one or two rounds and adjusted accordingly.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure thing, Keef. If only YOU had been there. I'm sure you'd have save COUNTLESS lives.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Keith

      ttps, Pro 9:13 ¶ A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing.
      Don't you ever SHUT UP?

      July 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, I don't. Get over it or scram, you big baby. If you can't take it, it's hardly my fault or my problem, ya wussie.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Keith

      3.....2.....1......Ding!.......Tom, Tom the Stalker-right on cue! You're sooooo easy.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you're so stupid.

      Softball, pitched by Keith, hit out of the park! It's going, going, gone!

      Home run, Tom, Tom!!!

      Really doofus, do you think you're special?

      July 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nighty-night, Keef! Don't let Obama the Boogy-man get you in your sleep!!

      Thanks for the laughs, sweetie. Love you lots! Smooches! MMmmmmwah!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • JWT

      The likely effe of more people in the theatre having guns would have been more shooting and more injured and dead.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  4. Keith

    I don't know if Colorado has CCW or not, but a lot less people may not have been shot had John Q. Public off'd this loser.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why don't we follow this to its logical conclusion: we'd all be a lot better off if some nut offed you. Or if you offed yourself.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Do you find it a good use of your time to throw out random stupidities?

      July 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      becomes atheism

      July 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      Apparently you find it a good use of your time to be a complete moron.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      Becomes atheism as proved by HawaiiGuest. The best argument for the point is more than illustrated by your comment.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • HeavenSent

      There is no such thing as an atheist following anything to a logical conclusion. If they only had a brain, they'd be more dangerous.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  5. Keith

    What do you expect? The whole "Batman" thing has a demonic spirit about it.(Heath Ledger commiting suicide). If you cling to that which is evil and pump it into kids heads from an early age, you can't expect that this kind of thing WON'T happen, can you? You're asking for it.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Figures you'd blame the movies, comics, internet, radio..


      July 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • deano

      I think Heath Ledger had mental issues before playing the Joker......After all, Jack Nicholson seems to be ok. Oh sorry, my bad....he does still attend Laker games.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom, you can't deny all the tragedy surrounding anything batman? The TV actor committed suicide. We know what happened to Christopher Reeve and his wife. The actor playing Lois Lane was found delusional in bushes.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • midwest rail

      H.S. – all those things you listed are associated with Superman, not Batman. You remember Superman – defender of truth, justice, and the American Way. Makes you go hmmmmmm.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • deano

      Uh, HS......We are talking about Bat, not Super, man.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Correction noted. However, making any human a super hero instead of looking up to Jesus Christ as super everything is an issue in this country.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • midwest rail

      Nice tap dance, H.S. The entire string of comments was related to Keith's original assertion that there is a demonic tone to this movie. You jumped in with examples from the WRONG movie in support of Keith, as if there were some connection between the misfortunes, and said " demonic " tone. Epic fail.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      If people committing suicide or being found delusional was an indictment of an organization or belief, religion would have been found guilty decades ago...

      July 21, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  6. Keith

    Being in that theatre must be what is like for a baby that thinks they're safe in their momma's womb and then wham! some abortion doctor injects you with a syringe of saline solution and begins to dismember you. Now that's evil.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do you remember being in utero, Keith? If not, shut up. Your'e an idiot.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom, why don't you shut up and allow others to post. Keith's post made me view this horror in another concept.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      The two don't equate and abortion is legal Keith and no matter how much you spew your ignorance, you won't change the fact. Your imaginary friend has no say in legal matters anywhere and you do not get an opinion on what a woman does with her own body..it is not your business. No-one's forcing you to get an abortion, so myob for a pleasant change.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Hopefully your dramatic imagery will cause 700,000 of your fellow cult members to not have an abortion, as they currently do each year in the USA. Abortion in the USA is a religious problem because they are the majority users of abortion services. Too bad your imaginary god isn't powerful enough to cause his cult members to obey one of their most important commandments. And you are identifying all your cult members who have abortions and throwing them out of your cult, aren't you? Or are you just deflecting attention away from your member's self-defined sinful behaviour, much like Pope-A-Dope and the RCC continues to try to do with respect to their ongoing pedophile priest problem?

      July 21, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Again, mortal men making laws to erase god out. EGO.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      HS, as usual, you are full of sh!t...

      It's mortal men and women working to undo centuries of bullsh!t put in place by mortal men and women. No gods involved 'cause they do not exist and no amount of bullsh!t you extract from The Babble will change that.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  7. Dr. X

    .......blame the lawmakers who make carrying guns ILLEGAL for the general public.
    Now, it would have been ended quickly if the general public were NOT afraid to carry a gun, because of the government's interference with allowing people to ARM themselves.
    BLAME the LAWMAKERS, Congress & the Government.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Yes, an all-out crossfire bloodbath would have been preferable. Are you fvcking serious, not-a-doctor X?

      July 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Blame the atheists for ensuring confusion flourishes in this country by pushing the big bang and evolution lies. Then they have the audacity to sit back and say "what happened"?

      July 21, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  8. Voice of Reason

    Did anyone see the word god, religion or prayer in this report? I don't think there is any mention of any of them. YOU ROCK!

    July 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes, Voice, we know who is whom in this country.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  9. Alois Saint-Martin

    Here war is simple like a monument:

    A telephone is speaking to a man;
    Flags on a map assert that troops were sent;
    A boy brings milk in bowls. There is a plan

    For living men in terror of their lives,
    Who thirst at nine who were to thirst at noon,
    And can be lost and are, and miss their wives,
    And, unlike an idea, can die too soon.

    But ideas can be true although men die,
    And we can watch a thousand faces
    Made active by one lie:

    And maps can really point to places
    Where life is evil now:
    Nanking. Dachau.

    W. H. Auden

    July 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  10. Reason

    I'm glad the tards down south are allowed to vote. Bring on Mittens!! Even less money for the serfs at public school equals even more power for the already super powerful. Thanks guys!!

    July 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  11. Rocket

    That discribes Obama as president, "Evil and Senseless"

    July 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Reason

      Please learn how to read and write. You come off as uber intelligent.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Reason

      Democrats support better public schools while repubs want to get rid of them because their children all attend private schools. Looks like the repubs are pretty successful at dumbing down our society.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reason, it's atheists and their chaotic agenda to ensure confusion flourishes, (which by the way is the lowest of management level techniques, never needing creativity, character, imagination or honor) is destroying our country. Own it. Jesus Christ already wrote about you in His truth (the Bible).

      July 21, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  12. Bill Deacon

    Obuma is an evil heathen. Jesus did this tragedy to punish our country. Socialism!! Praise Him!! Amen.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Atone Deaf

      Wow. Kill yourself, meet your god. We don't have to read your stupid posts anymore. Win win.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bill, write His truth brother.


      July 21, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  13. Rocket

    Wow evil speaking against evil

    July 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  14. Silence!

    This is a result from more atheism in our country.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  15. HeavenSent

    If you don't believe in the same fairy tales that I believe in, you deserve to be tortured for eternity when you die. I'm a healthy, intelligent person who derives pleasure from this.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fake heavensent ... munch, munch, munch. No drink for you.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  16. Walter Cronkite

    And in other news, the political attention-sluts from both sids step forward to say nothing so that you might vote for them.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!'

      July 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hey Sues is banking on mortal men. LOL.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  18. Bob

    And this is religious news . . . how?

    July 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  19. Uncouth Swain

    "Such violence, such evil is senseless"

    A massive DUH is heard throughout the land.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • sam

      C'mon, man. Everyone else is saying pretty much the same thing.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      I'm sorry..it's not so much him as how the article ti_tile is written. You would think he said something that never occured to anyone before.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  20. llɐq ʎʞɔnq

    And in other news, Michelle Bachmann stated : "I have proof that Colorado shooter was a Muslim".

    July 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm putting my money on he's one of the atheists sleeper cells.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • God

      HS, please o purchase a brain cell.

      July 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hey, you atheists have been pushing your lies of the big bang and evolution theory to create confusion for years. Now, you sit back and wonder what happened?

      July 21, 2012 at 7:39 am |
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