Outside Century 16 movie theater where a gunmen attacked movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie (Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)

Gun Control advocates say last week’s mass shooting in a crowded Colorado movie theater proves the United States needs strict new gun laws. But the gun rights community counters that if someone in the theater had been armed, the shooter may have been stopped.

“The fact is, if there were a concealed-carry holder in that theater with a 45-caliber handgun and a well-placed shot, that attack could have been stopped as soon as it began,” director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America John Velleco told Forum host Michael Krasny this morning.

“We all want to be safe,” Velleco continued. “The question is, what makes us safe? Will restricting the gun rights of the law-abiding? Will banning so-called assault weapons? Will that makes us any safer? Will closing the so-called gun show loop hole make us any safer? Or are those things just an illusion of safety?”

“What we’ve learned… is that the increase in prevalence of gun ownership and gun use in public is associated with increases–and not decreases–in violence,” responded Garen Wintemute, director at the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis.

Wintemute told Krasny people need to speak up and demand legislators pass gun control laws, and stop blaming the NRA and the gun lobby. He said most people in the United States–even gun owners–believe that buyers should be background checked, and that those convicted of violent misdemeanors should not be allowed to buy guns. “Gun policy in the United States represents the interest of a small group of radicals,” he said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is one of several politicians to come forward in the wake of the shooting to voice support of stricter gun laws. She appeared on Fox News today to promote an assault weapons ban.

“Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” Feinstein said. “I have no problem with people being licensed and buying a firearm. But these are weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close combat. That’s the purpose of that weapon.”

  • Dylan Koenig

    “I have no problem with people being licensed and buying a firearm. But these are weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close combat. That’s the purpose of that weapon.”

    I think shes thinking about shotguns? which will NEVER be banned… which is one of the weapons he used to do ALOT of damage.

    Someone could do alot more damage with a shot gun full of buck shot than they could with a 5.56 Semi auto “ASSAULT” rifle.

    • Dylan Koenig

      and you can buy shot guns at Walmart ffs.. probably even the hallmark store..

      This is america, and its time these senators start acting like they have even the slightest interests in the liberty’s of the people.

  • tinner666

    Dianne Feinstein is out of touch with reality.

  • get real

    Gun control would not have stopped this guy from shooting all of these innocent people no more than a lock on a door will stop a thief. A criminal will always find away. What ever happen to good old common sense!?!?

  • Anonymous

    Feinstein, in her usual fashion, lied on Fox News Sunday. She DOES have a problem with people owning firearms, she said so before when she said if she had enough votes in Congress she’s confiscate ALL firearms from citizens. Did Wallace let her get away with it? Most likely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=738845234 Darryl Sinclair

    “Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” Feinstein said. “I have no
    problem with people being licensed and buying a firearm. But these are
    weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close
    combat. That’s the purpose of that weapon.”

    “these are
    weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close
    combat…” But, isn’t that the framer’s intention for the 2nd Amendment…???The Second Amendment was NOT conceived of or included in the Constitution for Duck Hunters… It was created for “Patriots” primarily and anyone who desires to undermine the Second Amendment, only wishes to control Patriots… Caprendi?

  • Molon Labe’

    Remember: The Government was the object of the framers intent.

    I can’t imagine how sick someone would have to be to slaughter innocent people like that but I’m sure he could think of even worse ways to do it without guns.

  • EuReekCA

    I wonder if Feinstein still has her Concealed Carry permit..

  • Dafuq ?

    we allready have strict laws aganst killing people and he didnt follow those laws why do we think he would have followed gun laws?

  • Legislators Need A Lesson

    I think every legislator in this country needs to go through a gun training course before they be allowed to speak on the subject. 99% of them don’t know semi-automatic from automatic and have no idea of what laws are in place or how much it actually takes to get a weapon.

    “Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” Feinstein said. “…. But these are weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close combat. That’s the purpose of that weapon.”

    Yes, actually they do belong on the street and that is the exact purpose the founding fathers had in mind. That their government would be able to quell any uprising by the citizens was their fear. The founders stated many times that they expected all citizens to be armed with the weapons prevalent and in use by the military for the sole purpose of defending against government. Weapons are great for hunting, personal protection, but first and foremost their purpose is to protect every other words in the bill of rights FROM the government. MANY believe that is crazy but all our other rights have remained in place this long because we have always reserved the right to defend our constitution by force. It can be seen around the world since recorded history of how governments can tyrannize their citizenry only after they have disarmed them.

  • frankfcolorado

    Flashback!
    Alex predicted something like this when he got the leaked script from
    the new batman movie. Not only do I bet they use this to pass the UN
    Gun Grab and take away the 2nd Amendment, but I bet they roll out the
    TSA in Malls, bus stations, and check-points. There is soo much more I
    want to say, but this is not the format. If anyone want to unplug from
    the matrix send me a message and I can put you on my account to
    prisonplanet.tv. I can put five more people on the account. http://www.infowars.com/colorado-batman-shooting-shows-obvious-signs-of-being-staged/

  • hpaulie

    Guns dont Kill People, People Kill People, and if one person had been armed in that theater it could of been stopped,, 6,734 people are killed in a 4 month period in America in traffic Fatalities, gun deaths are extremely low in America by comparison…

  • ROBERT

    This week a vehicle accident in Texas took more lives. then the shooting in Colorado. Are we going to make pick up trucks illeagle? Before you scream not the same thing! Why is it leagle to buy any vehicle in america that goes over 80 mph?? Not very many states have speed limits above 80 mph.Then only on long mostly deserted streaches of highways. A firearm like a truck is a tool. People like different models and their own personal choices are what is bad or good about the tool. As far as more laws, the only ones who listen to the laws are the leagle law obideing citizens. The murders,theives,rapest,and theives dont care about laws that is why they are called OUTLAWS!

  • ROBERT

    If the powers that be could only stop at assault rifles most would say ok. As you and everyone else knows that will never happen. They will go after more and more till we are just like England and Yes they will go after shot guns like they did in England. Their oylmpic teams can not even train in for shooting events because they are outlawed guns

  • http://www.facebook.com/reid.sedik Reid Sedik

    Why don’t these Jewish anti gunners go and preach their trash in Isreal? Just see how far they get.

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