By Kyle Balluck
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) on Saturday expressed her thanks for the “outpouring of support” on the one-year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting and called on lawmakers to come together on gun control, saying “enough is enough."
“Today we remember the victims of the Aurora theater massacre – the lives they would have and could have led, had they not been gunned down while innocently watching a movie on a Thursday night” she said in a statement.
“We pay tribute to their lives and remind their families and loved ones that they are still in our hearts, our thoughts and prayers; and they will not be forgotten.”
DeGette added that lawmakers owe it to the victims to “make sure they did not die in vain."
“Since I’ve been in Congress, we’ve had over 25 moments of silence on the Floor of the House for victims of gun violence … Including one on July 24, 2012 for the Aurora victims, and of course, the moment last December for all the little children killed in Newtown.
“Surely we can come together in the name of the victims of Aurora; and Newtown; and Columbine; and Virginia Tech; and Fort Hood… and all the others… and say once and for all, enough is enough.”
President Obama “reaffirmed his commitment” to gun control during a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus earlier this month.
Obama started the year with a serious effort to win congressional approval of gun legislation. But his effort appeared to fail in the Senate, where legislation to impose tougher background checks on gun purchases failed to win 60 votes and overcome a filibuster.
Suspect James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to more than 100 charges in the theater shooting.