In a somber speech today, Mitt Romney expressed sympathy for the victims and their families of the Colorado shooting.
“Our prayer is that the Comforter might bring the peace to their souls that surpasses our understanding. The Apostle Paul explained, ‘Blessed be God who comforteth us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,’” Romney said in New Hampshire, where he had previously been scheduled to do a campaign event.
“What we do know is how evil is overcome,” he added. “We’re seeing that greater power today in the goodness and compassion of a wounded community. Grieving and worried families in Aurora are surrounded with love today, and not just by those who are with them and holding them in their arms. They can also know that they are being lifted up in prayer by people in every part of our great nation. Now and in the hard days to come may every one of them feel the sympathy of our whole nation and the comfort of a living God.”
Justice, Romney said, should occur for “those responsible,” but that should not be the public’s focus today.
“Today is a moment to grieve and to remember, to reach out and to help, to appreciate our blessings in life,” Romney remarked. “Each one of us will hold our kids a little closer, linger a bit longer with a colleague or a neighbor, reach out to a family member or friend. We’ll all spend a little less time thinking about the worries of our day, and more time wondering about how to help those who are in need of compassion most.”
“The answer is that we can come together,” he continued. “We will show our fellow citizens the good heart of the America we know and love.”
Watch Romney’s full remarks: