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.

Paul Alexander July 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
2nd Patch article on gun control. Still waiting for the first article to address the mental health care shortcomings in the US.
DAY July 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Ah yes, Chris Dodd. The man who got sweetheart deals on mortgage refis from Countrywide while a sitting senator, then blamed the real estate bubble and financial collapse on greedy bankers; The man who bought property in Ireland in a shady deal with two guys, one a a buddy who pleaded guilty to insider trading and securities fraud and paid the SEC $11M in a settlement. The man who then lobbied Clinton to pardon his buddy. The man who then magically wound up owning the entire property in Ireland for four times less than its value. Good ol' Chris Dodd. now a lobbyist. Should we listen to Chris Dodd's opinion on anything?
Daniel Patti July 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Chris Dodd is a perfect example of what's wrong with Wahington. Dispicible
G July 24, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I agree. The mentally ill should also not have access to guns.
Marisa C July 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Oh, the people have rights "in a sense". What a moron.
Irving Weber July 25, 2012 at 01:50 AM
danny boy, you appear to be a Sarah Palin putz!
Irving July 25, 2012 at 02:06 AM
that would exclude about 90% of the NRA members.
Sam Mihailoff July 25, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I own a lovely friendly buddy known as "Mr. Mossberg." If someone chooses to visit after hours,no doubt "my little friend" would say howdy do. That being said...I really think jumbo magazines hooked up to weapons really have no place except in the hands of the military and "SWAT" police enforement.
G July 25, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Sam- You really need to get out more and find someone else to play with "Mr. Mossberg". The fresh air would do him some good.
Andy Webster July 25, 2012 at 03:28 AM
"Sarah Palin putz"? Wow.. How 2008 of you!
Sam Mihailoff July 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
G You're right...take me on a vacation, ok?
Daniel Patti July 25, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Very intelligent Irving
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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