Your Take: Chris Dodd Questions Need For Assault Weapons in Wake of Denver 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. What's your take?

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 Denver 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."

What’s your take? Do you think private citizens should be able to own assault weapons? Why or why not? Add your thoughts in our comments section.

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.

Lou July 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I think assault weapons aren't necessarily the issue. Yes, 13 people were killed at once in Aurora, However, how many have been killed in 2012 on the streets of Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport? I would bet it's close to 30 or 40 and I would also bet that very few were killed with assault weapons. This is a typical response from a life long politician - re-active. It's time to look at the overall issue and take a pro-active approach.
Bill Fasula July 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Another knee-jerk reaction from a jerk.


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