The massacre in Colorado has ignited a national debate over gun control. More than 500 mayors have been pushing for new rules, and the gun lobby has been pushing back.
When you buy a gun, you're supposed to clear a background check. But there are some loopholes. You don't ‘need' a background check if you buy from gun show instead of a licensed gun store.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading the coalition of mayors. He said the tragedy in Colorado should be a wake-up call for more gun control.
"If it was one of your kids yesterday in Aurora, maybe you'd stand up and say I'm not going to take this anymore," said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg is pressing for background checks for everyone who purchases a gun. He also wants to tighten up the background check system by requiring states and federal agencies to share more information.
At least two mayors in the Bay Area have signed on with Bloomberg's coalition: Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields and Largo Mayor Patricia Gerard
Gun-rights supporters say criminals will work around background checks, and closing loopholes in the system would not have stopped the presumed killer in Colorado. He had no felony record and no documented mental illness.
It turns out that obtaining ammunition and body armor was not all that difficult for the suspect either. Holmes bought thousands of rounds and he was legally entitled to have it delivered right to his front door.
He was also able to legally purchase body armor from head to toe. That concerns Dan Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. He says only a few states have restrictions on the sale of ammunition sales and body armor, but Colorado and Florida are wide open.
"Florida is among the easiest states to buy whatever you want, and the weakest for gun laws," Vice said. His group is launching a new on-line petition called, We Are Better Than This.
Supporters of the 2nd Amendment are quick to point out that the gunman, James Holmes, did not have a criminal record and stricter gun laws would not have prevented the tragedy that unfolded in a Colorado movie theater.
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