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.

yoda July 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM
G, Sam, I have a couple of little friends that keep my kids safe at night, just in case someone wishes to break in to my house and do them harm! You will make it in, but you won’t make it out. It's called SELF DEFENSE!
yoda July 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM
G, DO you know how many mentally ill people are in the United States without a diagnosis? Everyone that ends up on the front pages with the word killer on top!
John Munro July 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Would someone tell CHris Dodd that the second amendment has nothing to do with hunting deer.
G July 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Sorry, Sam - "Spike" is already spoken for...and plays on the other team.
G July 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Yoda - That's why they shouldn't have access to guns.


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