CO Gov. John Hickenlooper Doubts Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Have Stopped James Holmes Shooting Rampage

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CO Gov. John Hickenlooper Doubts Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Have Stopped James Holmes Shooting Rampage (Photo Credit:  TMZ)

Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” that he doubted tougher gun control laws would have averted the movie-house killings in Aurora, Colo., speculating James Holmes could have found various ways to perpetrate a massacre, the Hill reports.

The Hill:  “This person, if there were no assault weapons available, if there were no this or no that, this guy’s going to find something. Right? He’s going to know how to create a bomb. Who knows where his mind would have gone. Clearly a very intelligent individual however twisted. That’s the problem, this is a human issue in some profound way,” Hickenlooper said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

I understand the governor’s point, but I don’t believe anyone who purchases 6,000 rounds of ammunition in a short period of time should fly under the radar. They should be visited by law enforcement.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney to “man up” and tell the country how they intend to avoid future tragedies like the horrific shootings in Aurora, Colo.

“This really is an enormous problem for the country, and it’s up to these two presidential candidates,” he said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” “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? If they want our votes, they better.”

Bloomberg noted that President Obama and former Mitt Romney have previously backed measures to limit the sale of deadly weapons, accusing both of them of going soft on the cause in the face of political pressure. “The governor has apparently changed his views and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue — or if he’s facing it I don’t know anybody that’s seen him face it.” Source

Is anyone surprised neither candidate wants to start a discussion on gun control? Um, let’s see who will blink first. I seriously doubt it will be Mitt Romney. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) wants to see the 1994-2004 federal assault weapons ban reinstated in the wake of the deadly shooting saying on “Face the Nation,” “I think this is really a congressional issue that has to be dealt with,” he said. “You know, should we reinstate the assault weapons ban? I think we should. And I think that’s where it starts.” This is quite a different position from his Democratic governor. As I said before, I don’t believe anyone should be able to purchase 6,000 rounds of ammunition without a red flag going off.

Conservative columnist George Will said on ABC’s “This Week” roundtable that the shooting had little to do with gun laws and more to do with the actions of an “isolated, deranged individual.” He said, “That’s what the problem is – an individual’s twisted mind. There is a human itch in the modern age to commit sociology as soon as this happens and to piggy-back various political agendas on a tragedy. And I just think we ought to resist that. … There are deranged people in the world.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper tells ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that even if there were stronger restrictions, the alleged shooter would “have found something else” to commit the murders, very similar to what he told Candy Crowley on “State of the Union:”

  • Truthcop

    You are saying that because you buy a lot of ammo the police should come visit you??
    To do what?????
    This guy was a Phd with no criminal history his crime is buying a ton of ammo??
    Are you also saying that the police should also be allowed to enter the home to see what that person is doing??