(WASHINGTON) — Putting aside his initial plan to discuss the U.S. economy in this week’s Republican address, House Speaker John Boehner offers prayers for the those affected by the Friday mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., and appreciation for the efforts of first responders at the scene.
“We join President Obama in sending condolences and prayers to the loved ones of those who were killed and wounded. And we all say ‘thank God’ for the police, the first responders, the doctors, and the nurses whose swift and heroic efforts saved lives,” Boehner says in the address.
“There is still so much, too much, to sort out about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Words cannot capture the horror, or make sense of something so senseless … So I won’t try,” Boehner says.
He notes that Americans have generally pulled together as a “national family” whenever we are “confronted with evil we cannot comprehend.”
Speaker Boehner says that tragic events like this not only cause us to “count our blessings,” but also remind us “that the depth of our grief also reveals the depth of our love and our resolve.”
“Scripture tells us that the faith that sustains us is ‘the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.’ We may not yet see or fathom comfort for the mourning, but we’ll stand by them and we’ll stand together, as one nation, in the difficult hours that like ahead,” he says.
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