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Chris Dodd Questions Need For Assault Weapons in Wake of Denver Shootings

The former senator, now head of the Motion Picture Association of America, was stumping for a candidate in Windsor on Monday and said the U.S. needs greater gun controls.

Former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd said Monday he supports restrictions on some types of guns, particularly assault weapons, in the wake of the Denver shootings last week.

Dodd, a Democrat, was in Windsor stumping for a local democratic candidate. He questioned why anyone would need an assault rifle ---  one of the weapons the accused gunman used in Friday's rampage in Colorado that killed 12 and injured 58 --- and said even hunters can't make a good argument in support of the sale of assault weapon, according to the blog Capitol Watch.

“People have Second Amendment rights, in a sense," the blog quotes the former senator. "I respect that and support that. But, like all rights, there needs to be limitations. The right to free speech is not unlimited. You can’t scream fire in a crowded theater, as the saying goes. The right to bear arms ought not to be an unlimited right."

His comments come at a time when some are debating the role that accessibility to guns and violence in movies may have played in the shooting attack that took place during a screen of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."

Dodd, who has a home on the Connecticut River in East Haddam, was a longtime and powerful member of the U.S. Senate who opted not to seek re-election in 2010. He also made a brief run for president.

charles August 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
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Spiff August 01, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Dude, that was from another thread, actually several. We were focused on this thread, or at least I was (guess you weren't though).
Spiff August 01, 2012 at 08:14 PM
(Oops, accidentally hit submit) Dude, that was from another thread, actually several. We were focused on this thread, or at least I was (guess you weren't though). OK, you sucked me in Chuck, what do you want to talk about?
carl slicer August 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Yes Charles: Mr Dodd is entitled to free speech & free movement. That's why he pulled a "Sam Gjedenson" and moved out of Conn, when he was a Connecticut Senator, for 2 years & lived to Iowa. Talk about taking advantage of his Democrat friends. Then thru Freedom of Speech Senator Dodd & Congressman Frank authored the "Dodd-Frank" bill which passed July 2010. The "DF Bill" was designed to protect the consumer from the Big Bad bankers on Wall Street. However it never protected the consumers from reckless abuse of FANNIE MAE & FREDDIE MAC. And then dont forget how how Mr. Dodd didn't recieve insider influenced consideration on new mortgages from CountryWide. Charles: Keep backing those Democrat friends that take could care of you. Carl.
meowkats4 August 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Why in hell is a Candidate from Windsor, having Chris Dodd "stumping" for them? Good thing they didn't mention the Candidates Name in the above article! Just the association with Chis Dodd puts that candidate at the wrong side of voters!!

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