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Patch's Poll: 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 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 several months 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."

What do you think? Should the U.S. adopt stricter gun laws? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

BigTitan July 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I bet many don't even actually know the difference between an "assault rifle" and an "assault weapon"...the latter being a legal term that many law abiding gun owners disagree with...In any case, the argument against anyone "needing" a rifle with a magazine that has a 100 round capacity is pretty weak..we don't "need" cars with top speeds of 180 MPH but we have them, and much like guns, when in the hands of law abiding citizens, a car that can go 180 is no more dangerous then one that can go 70. You can take away all the guns and in the end law abiding citizens will remain law abiding, and criminals will remain criminals, but they'll be the only ones with guns. I'm for laws that make it tougher for criminals to obtain guns, fine, but otherwise as far as I am concerned - "gun control means having a steady hand"....
Sami Mehmed Jr July 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@big Titan. Your absolutely correct. The public does not need cars that can travel at 180 MPH. The roads are not designed to accommodate. Drivers are not accustomed to handling vehicles at 180 MPH. Your argument is not balanced in my opinion. Bye the way, if the car manufactures and government limited the engine size maybe the united states's usage of energy, oil, would decrease. Maybe I don't know the difference between an assault rifle and an assault weapon but the word assault is defining ..... point ... not needed for target practice or recreational activity. Neither are 100 round clips. Criminal would not be the only ones with guns of different types. The organization authorized to protect citizens will also have guns of all types.
charles July 31, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Why is a gun needed in the first place?
000 August 01, 2012 at 12:04 AM
The Second Amendment is clear, the "people's right to keep and bear arms shall not be INFRINGED." It doesn't matter what anyone thinks about "assault weapons" or semis. To ban or restrict them in any way necessitates an AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, PERIOD. For those who disagree, you must AMEND the Const. to change this. Finally, you may believe no one has the right or need to have an "assault weapon" or a semi auto or a high capacity magazine all you want. But what does that have to do with ANYONE ELSE? If you don't want an "assault rifle," then don't get one. What is your problem if others have them as long as they are not threatening harm to others??? BE SPECIFIC - what is your problem with others who do NOT threaten you? You have kitchen knives, gasoline, bats, and 3,000 pound SUV's that can be used as weapons, yet no one has a right to take them away as long as you are not behaving in a threatening manner with them. Guns are no different except that when you start banning and restricting guns, you've started down that slippery slope. Where does this stop? If you can restrict the rights of others when they do not threaten you in an articulable way, where does this end? Does it end tapping your phones? Does it end groping your young daughter's crotch at the airport, bus or train terminals? Does it end when they do a "border" stop check of you and your family on I91 in mid VT or with drones zipping in your back yard?
Sami Mehmed Jr August 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Some really great points. "Nothing is wrong as long as they are not threatening harm to others". How do we detect when this changes? Is it common for cowards to use a knife, automobile or gasoline? But a coward that is determined to take many innocent lives will use an assault type weapon with large clip capacity. The Second amendment, in my opinion, was written to protect the Republic at that time in history and in the future, however, do we, the public, need this capability instantly or will the United States provide the necessary weapons to defend ourselves if the need arises against any enemy external or internal. Hopefully, we all have confidence in our armed forces and government when the time comes to arm all of the pubic. Respectfully.

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