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Old 07-22-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I do believe that this tragic incident will become the overiding issue in the forthcoming presidential and state elections. All the people on both sides of the issue will want to know where candidates stand.
IMO, the best response by both presidential candidates is to take the following approach.
The issue of federal gun laws is for all intents and purposes, settled law. The Supreme Court has ruled what the federal stance on gun rights are from a constitutional standpoint. Reasonable restrictions are constitutional as per SCOTUS.
Where the rubber meets the road is on the state level of reasonable restrictions concerning gun control. Those running for congress from various districts will have to state their stand on more restrictive controls. During elections, politicians hate to take a stand. They'd rather attack the other guy.
An example of local restrictions is New Jersey only allows guns in their state with 10 rounds or less capacity.
California does not allow detachable magazines on their semi-auto weapons.
These laws have been in place for years and I expect a plethora of new, feel good regulations passed on a regional level.
Strangely enough, Romney is in a much worse position on gun rights than Pres. Obama is. Assault weapon types of guns were banned in Massachusetts completely during the Romney administration. He lobbied for the bill and signed it when it hit his desk and it was his inititive. Obama has never passed any form of gun control bill into law.
It will be a very interesting campaign for all candidates, on the presidential and state level from here on out. Politicians will Have to come down on one side or the other if they want to get elected.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Relax. It won't be an issue and neither will gun control. The sad fact is that these kind of incidents have become so common that it no longer stirs anyone to action.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Area 51.5
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It won't have the slightest effect on the election.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:22 PM
 
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I don't think it will be an issue either. I hate to say it, but I think this country is starting to get desensitized to events like this because they happen all too often.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Oh? How often do they happen in a nation of over 300 million?
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Every Sunday news program like Face The Nation, This Week, Fox, etc. had politicians on the air and every one was asked where they stand on the issue of more restrictive gun control. Every one of them ducked the issue but the people, their constituents, want to know so I don't think we've heard the last of this yet. Right now this is front and center with the American people. I expect a lot of politicians coming out of the woodwork in the near future on the issue. But maybe that's just me.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Exactly, and for all the "Obama's gonna take away your guns" hysteria, Obama has actually avoided the subject the whole time he's been in office!!
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Area 51.5
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The government will take our guns about the same time as they take our Social Security.

Ain't gonna happen.

*I hope*

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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It's not going to have even the tiniest effect, it has nothing to do with politics or the election. It's the same thing as after Columbine there were calls for more gun control but the NRA nutjobs have their claws so deep into both parties it'll never happen. Obama and Romney are both also equally pro gun so no effect.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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I think Aurora,CO is probably a Democrat area. Looked at the demos,20% black,which is very high % for a western city. 28% hispanic. 5 % Asian. Would also bet money most of the people who would attend a midnight Batman movie are not Republicans. That's not a dig or anything,just a statement.
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