Gun control demands reiterated by theater shooting victim's father after CT school shooting Friday
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AURORA, Colo. - After a gunman killed 20 children, 6 adults and himself inside a Connecticut school, the father of a man killed in the July mass shooting in an Aurora movie theater renewed demands for gun control.
Tom Teves lost his son, Alex, in the July 20 theater shooting. Teves insisted Friday that there is no need for the public to have access to weapons like the one allegedly used by the gunman in Newtown, Conn.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said lawmakers on both sides of the gun control issue have been working on proposals, but he hasn't seen their work yet. The governor said the biggest challenge is making sure everyone is using the same information as a platform to create fitting legislation.
"There are real issues about mental issues; there are real issues about violence in the media and games," HIckenlooper said. "We don't have orders of magnitude, different numbers of guns than Canada does, they have handguns and shotguns and sport shooting but they don't have anywhere near the same level of gun violence that we do, why is that?"
Thursday, Hickenlooper said enough time has passed since the Aurora shooting and that the legislative session in January would be an appropriate time to take up a debate gun control measures.
University of Colorado student James Holmes is accused of purchasing a semi-automatic rifle and other weapons before killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in July during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie inside the theater in Aurora.
The Scripps Howard News Service reports that semiautomatic weapons, specifically Glocks, were found in the arsenal of shooters at Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, and now Newtown, Conn.
The high-power capabilities of Glock pistols, as well as the ease of concealing them, attracts those bent on a high body count, according to criminal-justice experts. They are legally sold in gun shops and online, some for less than $500.
"Not only are semiautomatic pistols capable of rapid fire, they utilize high-capacity magazines and can be quickly reloaded," said a 2011 report -- titled "The Glock Pistol: A Favorite of Mass Shooters" -- by the Washington-based Violence Policy Center.
A Glock 9mm was the weapon used in the March 1998 rampage at Connecticut State Lottery headquarters, where Matthew Beck killed four people and himself.
In Norway during July 2011, Anders Behring Brenik relied on a Glock 17 9mm pistol, as well as a semiautomatic rifle, to mow down 69 people -- mostly teenagers -- at a youth camp.
President Barack Obama did not address a resurrection of that ban when he spoke about the Connecticut school shootings Friday, but he expressed support for some unspecified measures.
"We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics," Obama said, choking up during his statement.
Although the White House didn't get into the issue of gun control Friday, others are. Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York said in a statement, "If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our society, I don't know when is."
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