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.

Adam July 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I agree, and I like your analogy to the spoon, but you are missing the point.
michael July 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Police/SWAT always show up in time to write the report. It's up to individual citizens to protect themselves and each other from the dangers of life. When the day comes where things really fall apart we will need to protect each other from even greater and more organized threats. High-capacity semi-automatic weapons would help serve that role. That day has not arrived yet but history has shown that it certainly will. Yes, these murders in Colorado are a tragic event. Don't allow a lunatic's actions to allow government further encroachment on your personal freedoms.
Patti July 25, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Next on the government agenda is taking away our ammo.
Adam July 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Next on my agenda is disarming the government.
Dave July 30, 2012 at 07:57 PM
What business is it of yours or the govt. what I own and choose to shoot? If I choose to shoot what you call an "assault" weapon or a recreation of a gun from the early 1800's is my business, not yours, and certainly not big brothers. The media is thone rpoviding misleading information regarding gun sales. In most places sales are stictly regulated. It takes about a half hour or so to fill out all the paper work for me to sell a gun here in CT. Then I sit on hold with the State Police waiting for an "authorization number" to sell one gun to one law abiding citizen. Contary to what one talking head stated on CNBC last week, you can't just walk in and buy and "automatic weapon",,,, anywhere.


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