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Denver shooting raises gun law questions

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 01:49

July 21 - Colorado shooting unlikely to spur changes in gun laws after gunman opens fire and kills 12 in a midnight premiere of 'Batman' film in Denver. Sarah Charlton reports.

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EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL America is coming to terms with tradegy. During a midnight showing of the new "Batman" film, a gunman opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRIS RAMOS, WITNESS, SAYING: "He started shooting at everyone. He didn't care who it was. He was shooting for a minute and a half, two minutes, it felt like it was going on forever. He shot, shot, shot, reloaded, he kept on shooting. Everyone was trying to escape, just following their basic, survival instinct." Suspect James Eagan Holmes was armed with an assult rifle, shotgun and pistol. Another handgun was found in his car. All guns were bought legally. But while it may spark fresh soul-searching on America's relationship with arms - few predict any real change in the law. Just 17 miles away is the site of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, where two students killied 13 people. While the latest tradegy may evoke memories, many continue defend their right to bear arms. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD TAYLOR, FIRING LINE GUN STORE MANAGER, SAYING: "I don't think a complete ban on firearms will take away firearms from everybody or have prevented the tragedy. He would have probably found some other way, he may have taken a five gallon can of gas into the theatre and set fire to it, who knows." President Barack Obama and others have expressed their sorrow at the massacre. But they have yet to say anything about gun control. Advocates have largely lost the argument against America's powerful gun lobby. And politicians know the issue is toxic with voters. Sarah Charlton, Reuters.

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Denver shooting raises gun law questions

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 01:49