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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 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.

Anonymous July 24, 2012 at 02:27 PM
scumbag.
Chris Knipstein July 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Maybe he should consider us and keep his opinions to himself.
Robert Chambers July 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
He's entitled to his opinions.. as ludicrous as they are, and always were. I'm not surprised he is on this bandwagon though, his dad was responsible for bringing the nazi gun control scheme to this country. http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/GCA_68.htm That group (Jews for the preservation of firearms) knows that once a group of people are disarmed (legally or otherwise) they are ripe for obliteration.

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