Colorado leaders react to Arapahoe High School shooting

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Police gather outside Arapahoe County High School to respond to an active shooter situation on Dec. 13, 2013.

DENVER — Political leaders in Colorado have released statements about their reaction to the shooting at Arapahoe High School.

Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) released this statement:

“My heart goes out to the students and faculty of Arapahoe High School and their families, and I extend my thanks to all those who responded to this afternoon’s shooting. My deepest sympathies are with the entire community as we grapple with yet another tragic and horrible act of violence. I ask that all Coloradans keep the community in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult moment.”

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) issued a statement on Twitter saying:

“My thoughts & prayers go out to the victims of the #ArapahoeHighSchool shooting & the first responders.” And “Will be in close contact w/ law enforcement & local leaders to ensure they have any necessary federal resource.”

Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO) issued a statement on Twitter saying:

“Our hearts are with all the students and families of the Arapahoe High School community, as well as the brave first responders who helped secure student safety. No parent ever wants to look up at their TV screen in the middle of the day to see their children’s school being evacuated because of a shooting. It’s a gut-wrenching experience that no parent should have to endure. Unfortunately, it is also one that Coloradans are all too familiar with.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper released this statement:

“This is an unspeakable horror and something no child, no family should have to endure. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Arapahoe High School community and those affected by this senseless act of violence. We thank law enforcement and first responders for their swift work. All of Colorado is with you.”

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO1) released this statement:

“Our Colorado community has once again been shaken by yet another needless and horrific act of violence. My family and I send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, the Arapahoe High School community, and our brave first responders. In the coming days and weeks, the Arapahoe High School community will have all of our full support.  This has got to stop.”



  • RGO

    It sure does need to stop these parents and people that leave firearms accessible to kids need to be charged and placed in prison.

  • Jax Mama

    You make a great point but in this case it doesn’t apply. The shooter was 18 and bought it himself legally. If parents these days spent as much time teaching their kids respect and decency as they do how to hunt, we’d have less of these incidents. But the kids are learning from adults to solve everything with violence. The guns are not as big a problem as the lack of human decency, respect and discipline. They learn it from us and we need to wake up. We claim to be a Christian nation and we can’t do any better than this?

  • Fast45

    Our so-called “leaders” are responsible for virtually every school shooting. The blood of current and future victims drenches Hickenlooper’s hands … and the hands of these other people mentioned in this article. Why do they insist that ONLY murderers be allowed to bring weapons into our children’s schools? It seems like such an outrageously stupid idea, yet the Dems all claim that is good public policy.

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