“New York City offers our hearts to Aurora, Colorado as we all deal with the horror of last night’s mass shooting. There is simply no excuse or rationale that can be acceptable for the carnage wrought in that movie theater against innocent families and children. Our prayers for peace and comfort go to those who lost loved ones and to the victims we hope will recover physically and emotionally.

“We will not reduce our vigilance in working to save lives here in this city and beyond. In the memory of those we have lost, both last night in Aurora and this summer in our five boroughs, we must recommit to stopping the flow of illegal weapons and instituting gun control measures such as microstamping and stringent background checks. Gun violence is an epidemic requiring our full attention and resources to combat it, as last night tragically showed.”