Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ducks gun control in interview

In an interview with CNN, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said that stricter gun laws would not have prevented the recent tragedy in Aurora. “If there were no assault weapons available and no this or no that, this guy is going find something, right?” Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said on the show. “He’s going to know how to create a bomb.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, the congressman that represents Aurora, took a tougher stance, calling on Congress today to reinstate the assault weapons ban, according to The Hill. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin defended lax gun laws, saying on Fox News Sunday that a “responsible individual” with a gun could have stopped “some of these deaths,” according to Bloomberg News. “I don’t think society can keep sick, demented individuals from obtaining weapons,” Johnson said on the show. 

The Aurora shootings have sparked a volatile debate about gun control, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calling on President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to debate the issue, which so far hasn’t been discussed in the campaign, the Boston Globe reported

But Hickenlooper appears to be taking a less-confrontational approach. Watch a video of the interview below:

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/23/2012 - 10:10 am.

    Three boyfriends

    stepped into the line of fire and gave their lives for their girlfriends. Imagine if one of them had been armed.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 07/24/2012 - 10:04 pm.

    Little Red Riding Hood lives……

    “….if one of them had been armed”. A citizen handgun against a man with a 100 round clip in his assult rifle ? A citizen, who in the dark theater may just as soon shoot and kill other theater patrons with his/her wild flailing as being able to hit this maniac.
    There is no need, what-so-ever for our Country to permit assult weapons and multi-bullet clips among the citizenry.
    Mr. Tester…….I am beginning to wonder about you.

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