As more details pour out from Aurora, Colorado, following the mass shooting during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” many are asking if incidents like these will finally persuade lawmakers to take on the gun lobby and institute stronger weapons laws.

Early Friday morning, Colorado police allege 24-year-old James Holmes burst into an Aurora theater, dressed in all black and wearing a helmet and gas mask, and began firing on a crowd of moviegoers, killing 12, and wounding at least 58 more. According to police, Holmes, a local medical student, acted alone.

NBC News reports that the gunman had “two handguns made by Glock, a Remington 870 single-barrel shotgun, and a Smith and Wesson AR-15 assault-style rifle,” each of which allowed for large ammunition clips, giving Holmes the firepower to harm so many on his own.

As with previous mass shootings, I can’t help but wonder if politicians will finally take on the NRA (National Riffle Association) and enact tougher laws against assault-style weapons with large ammunition capacities. While I understand using weapons for hunting and self-defense, I don’t get the need to own guns legally that can shoot 40 or 50 bullets at a time.

Although tragic, this horrific shooting gives us another opportunity to reopen the conversation about what weapons should and should not be available for purchase.

What do you think? Should we take another look at banning assault-style weapons? Sound off! 

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  • Marisa

    One of these days this country is going to have seriously discuss the impact of these guns cant even go to the movies cuz they blasting up in there too huh, yet here we all are all shocked why. We got folks doing drive bys because dude disrespected you or,shooting people over air jordans, shooting up the work place, the schools and yet we still just shocked. I am southern born has/had hunters in the family but strange thing is we kids never knew were the guns were kept,no available access, we have 6 or 7 year olds packing heat.

    . Also I’ve had it with the strangle hold the NRA has on society this aint the 1700-1800′s anymore we dont need to hunt to survive anymore, and you damn sure dont need AK-47 semi automatic to catch a deer. On top of that for a girl to just get out of a Toronto mall shooting last month only to end up dead at a movie theater shooting I cant RIP to all and hope those who are injured to recover

  • jamesfrmphilly

    corporate profit controls our society…….

  • SS25

    Children are being murdered in Chicago, Philly, and it takes a white guy shooting people in a theater to talk about gun laws and violence in this country? Derrion Albert beat to death, Trayvon Martin shot to death and we “chilling” and “that could have been my son” from The White House.

    • Val

      “Children are being murdered in Chicago, Philly, and it takes a white guy shooting people in a theater to talk about gun laws and violence in this country? ”

      That’s exactly what I was thinking.

  • Uncontainable Spirit

    A few things first. No regular citizen needs an Automatic Rifle to protect themselves. We do not need stricter gun control laws, we merely need to enforce those that are already on the books. That said, I encourage every person to:

    1. In your city/county, apply for your permit to legally carry a firearm. Period. It’s your constitutional right to do so. Make it happen. Do it today if you can.

    2. Once you are legally allowed to carry a firearm, go purchase a firearm. If you’re an average sized woman I suggest a .38. It’s small with a smallish barrel and can be easily carried in a purse. This is my suggestion ladies: “Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight Revolver” If you’re an average sized man I suggest the “Smith & Wesson M&P360 Revolver” (I suggest a revolver because they are typically easier to maintain, they don’t jam as easily and you can keep your shells.)

    3. Once you are LEGALLY permitted to carry your firearm and you have LEGALLY obtained your firearm proceed to the nearest firearms safety class and learn EVERYTHING about your firearm. How to clean it, how to load it, how to fire it, how to carry it, how to take it apart, how to store it in your home and in your automobile… EVERYTHING!

    4. Go to the Gun Range Regularly. Let me repeat that… GO TO THE GUN RANGE REGULARLY! Take a friend. Form a meetup group. Join a group of others if you feel uncomfortable but GO! Become friends with your firearm.

    5. Carry your legally permitted and purchased firearm everywhere you are legally permitted to carry it.