Some politicians are already calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of last week’s deadly shootings in Aurora, but several Colorado lawmakers say it’s still too soon to say what the policy impacts could be.
In the days since the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., there's been little discussion of the laws that allowed the gunman to acquire his arsenal.
Authorities say suspect James Holmes, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens more, was armed with a modified assault rifle, two pistols, a shotgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told CNN this weekend that the guns are not the problem.
On the day of the shootings at the Aurora Theater, one of the telling quotes that defines the times we live in was "I want to emphasize, at this point, we do not see a nexus of terrorism...". This was said by FBI Special Agent Jim Yacone at a Friday press briefing. Yet over the weekend, Governor Hickenlooper during TV appearances said, "In a funny way, this guy was a terrorist." Nathan Heffel was on The Takeaway this morning as they confronted that question.
In the days since the Colorado shootings, commentators and politicians have started to liken James Holmes, the suspected killer, to a terrorist. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper did so twice yesterday morning - on NBC's Meet the Press, and again on CNN's State of the Union.
Steve Inskeep speaks with Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee
A dazed-looking James Holmes, his hair dyed a reddish orange, made his first court appearance this morning as the state of Colorado began its case against the man arrested at the scene of Friday's massacre in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and an additional 58 were wounded.
It was a short hearing in an Arapahoe County, Colo., courtroom, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. He'll be formally charged next Monday, the judge announced.