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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.

Jay Gatsby July 26, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Absolutely yes. The way I see it is that the second amendment exist to ensure Americans of their right to safety. In the 1700s, owning a gun meant safety and security. That has changed. Now, in 2012, our loosy-goosy gun ownership laws are, in fact, threatening public safety more than they're ensuring it, a sad truth very clearly shown by this horrible, heart-breaking tragedy in Colorado. Also, in the 1700s, guns were very different devices than they are today; back then guns were much bigger and harder to conceal or hide, and when one wanted to fire a gun in the 1700s they had to manually load it. Now we have guns that can be hidden all over peoples bodies as well as terribly dangerous automatic guns. The times have changed and our policies must do the same. I certainly don't think our second amendment right should be abolished entirely, I simply believe that there desperately needs to be stricter regulations. People should not be allowed to purchase guns over the internet or at gun shows where background checks are not required. I also think we, as a country, seriously need to consider whether or not allowing people to own semi-automatic assault rifles is a good idea. I don't think it is. I think mayor Bloomberg is right; tragedies like these should inspire meaningful conversation and debate. First we, as a nation, must grieve, but then we must move on and do whatever it takes to prevent tragedies like these from occurring again.
AMichaels July 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Ideally, yes, but the government should only take guns away if they are willing to give them up themselves.
Brigid July 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Could not agree with you more, Mr. Gatsby. Its one thing to have a gun for hunting, and if I lived in an isolated are, I might have one for personal protection, but automatic assault rifles are meant for war and should only be used by trained professionals in the business of protecting a community or country. People who make the argument, "Maybe we should ban automobiles because they kill people too," are being obtuse. The purpose of an automobile is to transport people. The purpose of an assault rifle is to kill many people all at once.
Brigid July 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
AMichaels, The government needs weapons in order to protect our country and our communities. If you want an assault rifle because you're worried that the government is going to come after you, let's be clear - the government has enough weapons to destroy the entire world several times over, so a few assault rifles in your home is not going to be very effective.
Brigid July 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
A militia guy was once asked by the cops searching his house, "Why do you have so many guns?" The man replied, "So I'll be ready if China shows up in my backyard someday." Newsflash Mr. Militia - If China shows up in your backyard someday, they've already won.

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