Call for Congress, elected officials to come together to prevent future tragedies

Friday, July 20, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: Learning this morning of the tragic shootings overnight at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, ProgressNow Colorado offered condolences to the victims, their families, and the community of Aurora as a whole.

“Politics stops today as we all come to grips with this senseless tragedy,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this unthinkable act of violence so close to home.”

“In the midst of this tragedy, we are encouraged by the swift response of our police and firefighters to apprehend the suspected perpetrator and prevent further loss of life,” said Schwartz. “We are reminded again of the vital importance of our public safety workers who work to protect our communities day in and day out.”

“In Colorado, we respect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns,” Schwartz continued. “Coloradans also support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence and promote gun safety. After the similarly tragic Columbine shootings in 1999, Republicans and Democrats came together to support closing the ‘gun show loophole’ by an overwhelming margin: a model of cooperation we should aspire to today.”

“Today,” said Schwartz,“we offer condolences to the families affected, and to all of our neighbors in Aurora as they struggle to cope with this terrible act of violence. And we call on Congress and elected officials at every level to put aside partisan differences, and take action to stop the gun violence that takes place every day across America.”