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Does America Need More Gun Control?

In the wake of the movie theater massacre in Colorado which left 12 people dead, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called on President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to push for stricter gun laws.

 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling on President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to propose stricter gun control laws following last week's which left 12 people dead and 59 wounded in Colorado, The Huffington Post reports

“This really is an enormous problem for the country, and it's up to these two presidential candidates," Bloomberg said, according to the Huffington Post. "They want to lead this country, and they've said things before that they're in favor of banning things like assault weapons. Where are they now and why don't they stand up? And if they want our votes, they better.”

According to The Huffington Post, the alleged Colorado shooter, James Holmes, acquired his arsenal of weapons, ammunition and body armor over a several month period from the internet and brick-and-mortar stores alike. His purchases did not raise any red flags. 

Proponents of gun rights, however, argue that a vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens and that criminals who commit these kinds of massacres aren't obeying laws already in place so wouldn't obey stricter ones either. 

Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, commented on Holmes' 6,000 rounds of ammunition for an assault rifle.

"If I only had 6,000 rounds for my AR-15s, I'd literally feel naked," Brown said, according to The Huffington Post. Holmes' arsenal included "two handguns, a shotgun and a rifle. That's the average male in Colorado."

Jlo July 24, 2012 at 04:39 AM
More gun laws aren't the answer. These massacres are committed by psychopaths who would commit them regardless of whether they had access to guns (case in point Aaron Ramsey). The AR-15 is mentioned here because "Assault Rifle" sounds vicious. What Justin fails to mention is that the AR-15 jammed and Mr Holmes actually shot most of his victims with his shotgun and handgun. I don't agree with Bloombergs gun stance either. He goes after gun owners indiscriminately. A lawful concealed carry permit hold who is found with a registered gun in NYC will receive the same mandatory minimum jail sentence as a convicted felon in illegal posession of a gun with its serial numbers filed off. How does that make any sense? This is probably why it is open season on cops and innocent civilians in NYC at the moment. The sad truth is that you can't do much to stop someone who has nothing to lose. If Holmes couldn't buy weapons then he would have probably blown up the theatre or his apartment building. Same with muslim extremists, cult leaders, etc....they don't care...bans will only serve to deter lawful citizens from owning guns, they won't stop the crazies from going off the deep end. I do think that we should be much tougher on illegal guns and that no one convicted of a felony should ever own a gun. But the rest of us have to be able to excercise our right to bear arms and buy ammo to our hearts content. We don't ban cars because people drive drunk and kill others.
Alethiologist July 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM
We need more self control
Lorna July 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Let's tax the hell out of gun and ammo manufacturers so they'll go out of business. And let's disallow gun shows -- those guys have no scruples whatsoever. Ok, that won't stop weapons from getting into the wrong hands but it will make it somewhat harder. And let's see who has the cojones to stand up to the NRA and tell them we don't need the right to bear arms for a militia. I think the USA has become pretty well-fortified since the second amendment was inked.
Jlo July 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Taxing them won't put them out of business, it will just make new guns more expensive. Look at all the taxes on cigarettes, I remember them being around $2 a pack back in the day, now people pay 4-5 times that and it doesn't stop people from smoking or put much of a dent in the coffers of big tobacco.
Elyse July 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Gun laws need to be revised. There is no good reason for a person to have semi-auto or automatic weapons. To my knowledge hunters aren't blasting deer with those weapons, but correct me if I'm wrong. But if someone is determined to kill, they don't need a gun. History has shown that. Unfortunately the most stringest background checks may not catch someone with an ulterior motive, or who later develops psychiatric issues, or takes the wrong medication.
Jlo July 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Elyse people do hunt with semi-automatic rifles. They also use them for target practice, etc. All semi auto means is that the gun automatically ejects the shell and chambers the next round when a shot is fired. It doesn't increase the amount of damage the gun can do. Your last sentence is dead on, the problem isn't 99% of gun owners, its fringe elements who slip through the cracks and the criminals who illegally obtain guns who give the law abiding gun owners a bad rap.
Amo Probus July 24, 2012 at 08:28 PM
What happened in CO was horrible. Anyone using a gun in a crime should get the extra 10years or so automatically. But, it was my understanding the Second Amendment was intended to help We the People defend ourselves from a government run amuck and to protect citizens from feckless invaders (foreign or otherwise). It was not a hunting permit. The Swiss give weapons to all of their citizens, train them etc to discourage invaders from entering. What would happen if the people from xxxxx invade us? Do you realistically think the police and National Guard will camp in front of your home to protect you or their own homes to protect their own families?

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