July 22nd, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: "A deeply troubled, twisted, delusional person. I can't for the life of me... conceive of a motive."

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke about the aftermath in his community, following the deadly theater shooting. A highlighted excerpt is after the jump, and a full transcript is posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sotu.html.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: “He wasn't a terrorist in the sense of politics, but for whatever twisted reasons that we can barely even imagine, he wanted to create terror all right.  He wanted to put fear in people's lives.”

VIDEO: CO Gov.: President Obama to visit Aurora
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VIDEO: Getting serious about gun control?
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MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Highlighted Excerpts
THIS IS A RUSH FDCH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CROWLEY:  You said something on Friday that caught my attention talking about the safety, relative safety of the country and the state and the cities.  And you said, we need to recognize that we can't allow people that are aberrations of nature to take away the joys and the freedoms that we enjoy.  I know you know that the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and along with Mayor Bloomberg in particular of New York, some on Capitol Hill, and former Governor Rendell have all said, folks, we need to get serious about gun control.

I wonder in the statement that you made, were you speaking in particular of the second amendment or what were you talking about there?

HICKENLOOPER:  No.  I was talking - I mean, I think that the political will come, but at this point, you know, in a funny way, this guy is a terrorist, right.  He wasn't a terrorist in the sense of politics, but for whatever twisted reasons that we can barely even imagine, he wanted to create terror all right.  He wanted to put fear in people's lives.

And for so many of us, movies are one of the places that we find solace and get away from the life.  And it is hot in the summer and the movie theater is cool, and when it is freezing in the winter, the movie theater is warm.  You get to get outside of your daily life.  We can't let him take that away from us, right.  My chief of staff, her daughter organized 20 kids last night all in the early 20s to go see "Batman" just to make - to drive a stake in the ground to say, listen we are not going to be terrorized, right, we're not going to accept that.  We are - we're not going let that happen

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