Friday, 20 July, 2012 6:01 PM
Health America Joins Americans in Mourning Loss of Life in Aurora,
Colorado, Shootings; Resources Available to Help Families, Community
Respond to Tragic Events
personnel responding to the deadly shooting at the Century 16 theater
in Aurora, Colo. on July 20, 2012.
-- Statement of David Shern, Ph.D., President and CEO of
Mental Health America:
Mental Health America
joins Americans in mourning the loss of those killed in the tragic
shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Our thoughts and prayers are with
the families of the victims and everyone who is affected by this
horrific event and express our hope for the full recovery of those
who were injured.
At this point, we do not know the motivation behind this senseless
We do know that events
like this will impact families, the Denver community and the nation.
Many may feel at risk and may experience feelings of anxiety and
fear. Parents may be groping with how to discuss these and similar
events with their children.
Mental Health America
has developed guidelines to help Americans respond and cope with
tragic events, which can be found at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/information/get-info/coping-with-disaster.
To guide discussions
about the shooting, Mental Health America offers the following suggestions
for parents as they communicate with young people in the area and
across the nation:
Children sense the anxiety
and tension in adults around them. And, like adults, children experience
the same feelings of helplessness and lack of control that tragedy-related
stress can bring about. Unlike adults, however, children have little
experience to help them place their current situation into perspective.
Each child responds differently
to tragedy, depending on his or her understanding and maturity,
but it's easy to see how an event like this can create a great deal
of anxiety in children of all ages because they will interpret the
tragedy as a personal danger to themselves and those they care about.
Whatever the child's age or relationship to the damage caused by
tragedy, it's important that you be open about the consequences
for your family, and that you encourage him or her to talk about
Mental Health America
has prepared a fact sheet to help children cope with tragedy, which
can be viewed at
If you are worried about
a young person's reaction or have ongoing concerns about his/her
behavior or emotions, contact a mental health professional at their
school or at your community mental health center. Your local Mental
Health America Affiliate can direct you to resources in your community.
Mental Health America
is the nation's largest and oldest community-based network dedicated
to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier
lives. With our more than 300 affiliates across the country, we
touch the lives of millions—Advocating for changes in mental
health and wellness policy; Educating the public & providing
critical information; and delivering urgently needed mental health
and wellness Programs and Services.
Source: Mental Health
Shooting at Batman Showing Demands Action, Says The Law Center to
Prevent Gun Violence
FRANCISCO -- We are deeply saddened and outraged by the
mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado earlier today, and our thoughts
are with all of those affected by this horrible tragedy.
politicians around the country have begun to offer their condolences
to the survivors of this terrible event, as they do every time a
mass shooting happens in America. Inevitably, these statements are
long on good intentions but short on action.
people deserve better. All of us should be free to live our lives
without being affected by gun violence. Instead, across the country,
too many Americans are murdered by guns every single day.
to demand that our leaders go beyond offering condolences, and instead
address these problems head-on. It is simply far too easy for dangerous
people to access military-style weapons. Something has to change.
solutions to this epidemic. We know that smart gun laws save lives
and we remain committed to fighting for safer communities.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is available to answer questions
about gun laws and gun violence in Colorado and across the country
as well as strategies to reduce gun violence nationwide.
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Mayor Michael
A. Nutter on This Morning's Mass Shooting in Aurora
-- The following statement was issued today by U.S. Conference
of Mayors President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter after today's
mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado:
"Once again our nation's attention is riveted on a single act
of violence that has claimed a dozen lives and left dozens more
nation's mayors express their shock at a mass shooting and send
their condolences to the victims, their families, and their community.
Our friend and colleague Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan is in our thoughts
and prayers this morning as he helps his city cope with this tragedy.
we don't yet have all of the facts in the case, we do know that
all evidence this morning points to a heavily armed assailant now
in police custody. While questions about his motives and about how
he obtained his weapons will be answered in the hours and days ahead,
the fact remains that once again guns have been used in a mass killing
of innocent people.
U.S. Conference of Mayors is repeating its call for reasonable changes
in our gun laws and regulations that could help to prevent senseless
tragedies such as the one that has rocked Aurora and the nation
Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of
cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,295 such
cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the
Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on
Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors,
or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Theater Gunman Terrorizes Audience; Safety Expert Reveals Steps
to Protect Yourself During a Shooting Rampage
-- A shooting early this morning at a movie theater in
Aurora, Colorado occurred with no warning as a gunman fired into
the crowd of moviegoers killing several people and injuring many
others. If you're faced with a shooter in a public place, can you
take steps to protect yourself and your family?
acclaimed safety expert David Nance says that once a gunman begins
firing, panic sets in and the dynamics of the crowd change instantly.
Knowing what to do in those initial seconds can save your life.
Invite Nance to reveal what you need to know to remain safe when
violence erupts suddenly in a public place:
is one thing you should do when entering any public place?
- Why should
you assume the worst when something seems out of the ordinary?
can you do in advance to prevent yourself from freezing?
the one thing you must discuss before entering a public place
with a group of people?
is a nationally acclaimed safety expert who works with police departments
around the world. His training program for law enforcement has certified
over 3,000 law enforcement instructors on the use of force, defensive
tactics, and the right way to use pepper spray. Nance is a repeat
guest on WFLD-TV Fox News in Chicago and has been featured by The
History Channel, Spike TV, The Doctors, Philadelphia Daily News,
the National Rifle Association's self defense video series, and
many other media outlets nationwide.
Association Offers Tips to Help Children Deal with Concerns Following
the Shootings in Aurora, CO
-- Following the shooting of dozens of people in a movie
theater in Aurora, Colorado, American Humane Association issued
these tips for parents and other caregivers to help children cope
with the fear and uncertainty caused by this tragedy:
an eye on children's emotional reactions. Talk to children –
and just as important – listen to them. Encourage kids to
express how they feel and ask if anything is worrying them.
- Regardless of age,
reassure them frequently of their safety and security, and reinforce
that you, local officials, and their communities are working to
keep them safe. Older children may seem more capable, but can
also be affected.
- Keep your descriptions
to children simple and limit their exposure to graphic information.
Keep to the basic facts that something bad happened but that they
are safe. Use words they can understand and avoid technical details
and terms such as "smoke grenades" and "sniper."
- Limit their access
to television and radio news reports since young children may
have trouble processing the enormity of the experience, and sometimes
believe that each news report may be a new attack.
- Be prepared for children
to ask if such violence can occur to them. Do not lie but repeat
that it is very unlikely and that you are there to keep them safe.
- Watch for symptoms
of stress, including clinginess, stomachaches, headaches, nightmares,
trouble eating or sleeping, or changes in behavior. If you are
concerned about the way your children are responding, consult
your doctor, school counselor or local mental health professional.
are especially vulnerable at a time like this," noted Dr. Robin
Ganzert, president & CEO of American Humane Association, which
for many decades has been working in the Denver area. "Parents,
teachers, and other caregivers need to be especially sensitive to
how children are reacting and help them cope with their fears and
feelings. The best thing is to talk to children now and in the weeks
to come to ensure they receive the attention they need in dealing
with this tragedy."
American Humane Association
the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront
of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and
farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading
the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in
society. As the nation's voice for the protection of children and
animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people
every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and
services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and
businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American
Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org
American Humane Association
Against Illegal Guns Statements on Aurora Shooting
YORK -- The following is being released by Mayors Against
of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair New York City Mayor Michael
heart shatters when you think of the family members who were given
the worst news imaginable, and we pray for the recovery of the dozens
who were injured. Now there will be many expressions of support
and condolences from politicians in the coming days, but maybe it's
time that the two people who want to be President of the United
States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it,
because this is obviously a problem across the country. There are
so many murders with guns every day – it's just got to stop.
And instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor
Romney – talking in broad terms about they want to do to make
the world a better place, okay, tell us how. 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? I can tell you what we do here in New
York. The State Legislature passed the toughest gun laws –
some other states may say no. That's okay, what do you want to do?
And maybe every Governor should stand up. But in the end, it is
really the leadership at a national level, which is whoever is going
to be President of the United States – what are they going
to do about guns?"
of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
condolences and prayers go out to the victims and families of victims
who were affected by this random and senseless act. While we still
don't know much about how this happened, we do know that we have
laws in this country that allow people who have no business ever
possessing a firearm to get their hands on guns. We have a Columbine,
a Virginia Tech, a Tucson, an Aurora theater every day in America.
34 people are killed with guns every single day in America. And
yet – we will see a few weeks of media attention that forces
politicians to express their condolences, but then no action is
taken in Washington to fix the problem. The fixes are easy and they
are common sense. It's about enforcing existing Federal laws and
making sure we don't let criminals buy weapons. We need to put a
background check on all sales and require states to step up their
reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
(NICS) to make sure we have a check that works. Maybe this will
finally wake up Washington. We are going to keep the pressure on
because this just has to stop."
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
of Cities Reaches Out to Aurora
-- Ted Ellis, president of the National League of Cities
and mayor, Bluffton, IN, communicated to the Mayor and City Council
of Aurora, CO. The letter is below.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city
leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the
49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate
for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.
The Honorable Mayor Steve Hogan and the Aurora City Council
15151 E. Alameda Pkwy
Aurora, Colorado 80012
Hogan and Aurora Council Members,
It is with
shock and sadness that I write to express my condolences for the
tragedy the City of Aurora experienced this morning. I speak on
behalf of all of us at the National League of Cities in sending
our thoughts and prayers to you, the victims, and the families of
those who lost their lives.
The role of local elected officials is full of tough duties. However,
the type of horrible event you woke up to today, and the role you
will be playing as leaders guiding a community through a healing
process, is one that we should never have to face. Please know that
we stand behind you, ready to offer our support and counsel over
the coming days and weeks.
is difficult to see any good in such horrific events, may we remember
the best parts of humanity that were exhibited: the quick thinking
theater goers who helped one another as the tragedy unfolded, the
first responders of your community who moved quickly to the scene,
and the heartfelt support exhibited across the nation.
and pray that the community of Aurora will be able to quickly find
peace in the coming days and weeks.
Mayor, Bluffton, IN
President Ted Ellis
National League of Cities