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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.

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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