What Colorado Shooting Means For Gun Control16:50
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Family members of the victims of the Century 16 theater shooting leave roses at a memorial display during a vigil at the Aurora Municipal Center campus in Aurora, Colo. Sunday. (AP/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)
Family members of the victims of the Century 16 theater shooting leave roses at a memorial display during a vigil at the Aurora Municipal Center campus in Aurora, Colo. Sunday. (AP/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

James Holmes, the man suspected of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, is expected to be formally charged next Monday.

The case has again brought up questions about gun ownership laws. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a long time gun control advocate, says both President Obama and his likely rival Mitt Romney need to tell Americans specifically what they are going to do on this issue.

But Chris Cillizza of the Washignton Post writes, "If history is any guide... the Aurora shootings will do little to change public sentiment regarding gun control, which has been moving away from putting more laws on the books for some time."

Cillizza draws attention to this graph, based on a Gallup survey:

(Gallulp/Washington Post)
(Gallulp/Washington Post)

Guest:

  • Chris Cillizza writes "The Fix" in the Washington Post. His new book is “The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider's Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics.”

This segment aired on July 23, 2012.

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