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.

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."

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.

Eric Buhrendorf July 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
It seems to me that if a politician can't imagine your need for something, s/he thinks it should be illegal. Do the American people really share in this feeling?
James September 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
This guy will do or say darn near anything that may get him some press. I thought we were rid of him when he left office under some questionable circumstances. He was and still is an elitist. If I don't like it you can't have. If you are going to yammer on at least address the real reasons for these nut cases and or talk about enforcing laws that exist. For people like him, it’s always go after the rational law abiding citizens and don't address the real issues. It's easier for a chest thumper like Dodd to go after us average folk than to really work to actually address the cause of these outbreaks. Hey Dodd, here's some low hanging fruit for you, take a look at the movie and gaming industry and their contribution to creating nutcases and violence.


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