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 J. 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.

rrtdie July 24, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The only thing Chris Dodd should be questioning is how he got cushy deals from Country Wide..
RonH July 25, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Yes, we certainly wouldn't want to place the blame on hollywood for producing these young psychopaths capable of commiting such carnage. I can't imagine where this wonderful young man got the idea to commit this horrible crime. Oh, yeah, that's right - he saw it in the movies. Must be the guns. It's time to wake up folks - the stuff that hollywood is putting out goes far beyond freedom of speech issues - it is changing the character of our nation one lousy movie at a time, and we all slavishly line up to see the next one.
Spiff July 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Who cares what Chris Dodd thinks. He's a liar, a crook, and a political has been! The only reason he didn't run for re-election is that he knew he wouldn't win. Heck, even the CT liberals had him figured out after the Countrywide scandal!


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