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Dodd Questions Need for Assault Weapons in Wake of Aurora Shootings

The former senator, now head of the Motion Picture Association of America, was stumping for a candidate in Windsor on Monday and said the U.S. needs greater gun controls.

Former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd said Monday he supports restrictions on some types of guns, particularly assault weapons, in the wake of the Aurora shootings last week.

Dodd, a Democrat, was in Windsor stumping for a local democratic candidate. He questioned why anyone would need an assault rifle — one of the weapons the accused gunman used in Friday's rampage in Colorado that killed 12 and injured 58 — and said even hunters can't make a good argument in support of the sale of assault weapon, according to the blog Capitol Watch.

“People have Second Amendment rights, in a sense," the blog quotes the former senator. "I respect that and support that. But, like all rights, there needs to be limitations. The right to free speech is not unlimited. You can’t scream fire in a crowded theater, as the saying goes. The right to bear arms ought not to be an unlimited right."

His comments come at a time when some are debating the role that accessibility to guns and violence in movies may have played in the shooting attack that took place during a screen of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."

Dodd, who has a home on the Connecticut River in East Haddam, was a longtime and powerful member of the U.S. Senate who opted not to seek re-election in 2010. He also made a brief run for president.

Rob Gianazza July 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The Second Amendment wasn't written for hunters, it was written for the citizens of a free country. Have you examined what is considered an "assault weapon"? Most rational people associate it with military style weapons. However that is NOT how the anti-gun legislation is written. It is the anti-gun lobby's desire to categorize most semi-automatic firearms as assault weapons. The Second Amendment is the guarantee that citizens have for the prevention an oppressive government.
Dr. Robin Appleby July 24, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What has changed in our country ? Until 1962, a 12 year old could order a gun from Sears and have it delivered to his home. I know an older gentleman who used to sling his 22 rifle over his shoulder, walk down hill to the middle school in New Milford, and put his rifle in his locker. After school, he would take his rifle and shoot rabbits and squirrels on his way home, and his mother would make Mulligan's Stew. No one thought this odd or dangerous and no one said anything. An older gentleman once said, "When I was a boy, (around the 1930s) every boy had a 22 rifle......BUT WE DIDN'T SHOOT EACH OTHER !" . What has changed in our society ? We didn't have so many mass killings/massacres in the past. Why is our modern day America producing so many psychopaths ?
Kevin O'Connor July 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Nothing has changed. There were rampage killings all throughout United States history. Here's a Wikipedia compiled list http://goo.gl/1lJfQ (you can order by United States to find the relevant info). That also doesn't include school shootings, workplaces shooting, and a few other that get their own sections (you can find links from that article). It's not that we're doing something so obviously bad that we're mass-producing psychopaths--Heck, men used to settle debates through marching paces and firing at each other. To be honest, there's not that many massacres, this isn't a daily thing. But we're talking about a country that was about the same size (I'm ignoring Alaska and Hawaii) 80 years ago but has doubled in population. There would be an expected increase in the amount of these occurrences with that trend. That being said, I made a comment on the Patch the other day about an issue with how the media reports these kind of events. See http://goo.gl/O3Q4T. Gun control isn't going to stop something like this from happening. It's just not. There's so many other methods that you're just going to piss off people that are responsible gun owners. I love US history, I indulge in it and if there's one thing I can say that has changed is that we didn't used to scare so easily. And when we did scare we met those obstacles with monumental efforts for humanity. We built the greatest highway system of the time and we went to the moon. Not today, today we make the TSA.
Dave Abernethy July 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The first infringement of the second amendment occured with the NFA in 1934. Mr Dodd's former close personal friend, Ted Kennedy, did much to limit the second amendment. The Clinton ban on scary-looking rifles and certain magazines was the last straw and many Democrats felt the voter's wrath. Guns are dangerous--that's the whole point of them. Ludicrous laws written and passed by people who fear inanimate objects and distrust an armed citizenry are no longer seen by the majority as preventing evil people from doing evil things. But, if Messrs. Dodd, Bloomberg, etal. want to examine the government's role in the cultural deterioration of America (which might have had an affect on this Colorado murderer), it would make a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.
Dr. Robin Appleby July 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What has changed in our country ? Trust is one of the things. Indiana University was considered hitch hiking distance from Norwalk, Connecticut, according to elderly folks I have spoken with. That took a lot of trust to hitch hike alone that many miles, sometimes at night. During the Depression, the "hobos" would put an X on the curb in front of a house. That meant that if you went around to the back door, the woman (often alone) would open the door and give you food. Seems to me that one of the things that we have lost is a lot of the trust that we used to have, as recently as 1-2 generations ago.
Steven DeVaux July 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Robin, You only need look at the banks and other businesses where personal accountability is completely lacking and they simply get another job. Look at Jon Corzine. Today people are robbed with a pen instead of a gun. More people are killed with cars and trucks than guns, yet they don't look to outlaw them. The politically correctness of today's society has eliminated consequences as to actions and as a result, our laws have become guidelines subject to a legistlative judiciary.
Michael Gianfranceschi July 25, 2012 at 01:38 AM
the scariest thing is when Dodd said "Peole have second amendment rights, in a sense , I respect that and support that. But, like all rights, there needs to be limitations." Thank God he knows better than us and can take care of us
Steven DeVaux July 25, 2012 at 09:12 AM
The Libor scandal, that Dodd's committee missed completely, is more than just the latest financial deception to come to light. It shows that trust shouldn't exist at all until the current rogues are gone. It exposes a fraud that runs to the heart of our financial system. Libor, the London interbank offered rate, is a benchmark for a range of interest rates, and the misdeeds making headlines have to do with how those rates are set. If insiders can manipulate the basic measurement of a loan, the interest rate, there is rot at the core of our financial system and it can't be trusted. We tax and interest payers lost our money as a result. Barclays padded its bottom line by taking money from everyone else: It won when it shouldn't have won, and others lost when they shouldn't have lost. The amount of money involved is staggering. On any given day, $800 trillion worth of credit-related transactions are linked to Libor rates. In most markets, we can simply take our business elsewhere once we learn the scales are rigged. But interest rates are different. Everyone who borrows money on a mortgage, credit card, or loan — basically, everyone — is affected. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, in 2008, more than half of all adjustable-rate mortgages were linked to Libor. Even those who didn't borrow but saved for retirement or their children's education got hit with faked interest rates.

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