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Theater Shooting Renews US Gun Control Debates

Denise Paba, who lost her 6-year-old niece Veronica Moser, is comforted as she cries at a memorial for victims behind the theatre where a gunman opened fire last Friday on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 22, 2012.
Denise Paba, who lost her 6-year-old niece Veronica Moser, is comforted as she cries at a memorial for victims behind the theatre where a gunman opened fire last Friday on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 22, 2012.
Ralph Eckhardt
The theater shooting Friday in Colorado has renewed gun control debate in the United States.

A young attendee tries out a pistol during the National Rifle Association's (NRA) 141st Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri, April 13, 2012.A young attendee tries out a pistol during the National Rifle Association's (NRA) 141st Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri, April 13, 2012.
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A young attendee tries out a pistol during the National Rifle Association's (NRA) 141st Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri, April 13, 2012.
A young attendee tries out a pistol during the National Rifle Association's (NRA) 141st Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri, April 13, 2012.
The Colorado shooter was able to arm himself because gun ownership in the United States has been protected by the U.S. Constitution since 1791. At that time, the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, were ratified to protect personal freedoms that had been curtailed by Britain, the recently defeated colonial power.  

The Second Amendment says, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

But a background check is now required for anyone seeking to buy a gun, to guard against selling to criminals and people who are mentally ill.   

Gun control advocates say those limits are not enough and say strengthened controls will cut the 10,000 murders committed by firearms each year in the United States.  

Despite the violence, a Gallup poll last year found nearly half of all American adults have a gun on their property and only one-in-four Americans favor banning handguns.

This has not stopped calls in the U.S. Congress for tighter gun regulations. Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, told the House of Representatives Monday, "The 70 killed or wounded [in the Colorado shooting] are the latest in a pattern that happens repeatedly, predictably, with overall loss of life being in the tens of thousands over the years."

Gun rights are defended by the powerful lobbying group, the National Rifle Association, which argues that the right to bear arms is "the fundamental right that separates us from all other nations on earth. There is no greater freedom than the ability to own a firearm to protect yourself, your family, your community and your country."

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by: ken hargesheimer from: lubbock tx
July 24, 2012 5:03 PM
Man buys guns and kills people; outlaw guns.

DWI drivers killed 17,000 people last year; outlaw cars.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
July 24, 2012 6:00 AM
Dear the National Rifle Association. Yes, you are the only one nation bearing arms and killing people like the brutes. If the ownership of firearms is the greatest freedom, it measns killing people is also the greatest freedom. Where's humanity? How do you feel if your families had been involved in this Colorado masacre, nomatter which either a shooting murderer or shooted victimes?

by: Jose from: Texas
July 23, 2012 7:42 PM
I don't think a gun debate is going to do anything about the booby traps left in the apartment.

It seems to me that violent movies like Batman are the problem. Why not ban sinister movies.
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by: Jose from: Texas
July 24, 2012 8:12 AM
The teenager didn't have a machine gun. It's amazing how little you Australians know about guns.
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by: Lindsay from: Australia
July 23, 2012 10:47 PM
You are not making any sense mate. How can a teenager get hold of a machine gun and kill innocent people. How can a country condone this anymore!

by: Roger from: Michigan
July 23, 2012 5:01 PM
Used to live in CO...there is a lot of carry permit holders there....too bad they could not carry into the theater....would most certainly have saved lives....very similar to Luby's in Texas. Maybe CO with change there laws to permit carry in theaters now.
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by: Jose from: Texas
July 24, 2012 8:14 AM
If it was an Israeli theatre, the shooter would have been dead before the police arrived and it is not because of a gun ban.
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by: Lindsay from: Australia
July 23, 2012 10:43 PM
You are off your rocker mate!!!

by: Carla from: Canada
July 23, 2012 3:58 PM
Maybe it is not the gun regulations so much but the type of guns and munition that are being sold?
Why does someone need a automatic gun with a clip that holds 100 rounds?? Deer hunting?
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by: Jose from: Texas
July 24, 2012 8:13 AM
It's a good thing he had a 100 round clip because they jam. No self respecting terrorist who knows about guns would use one.

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