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Colorado Shooting Rekindles Gun Control Debate

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for increased gun control in the wake of last week's Colorado shooting, saying it may have helped prevent the tragic incident.

“He’s a sick, demented, evil individual, and unfortunately I don’t think that society can keep sick, demented individuals from obtaining any type of weapon to kill people,” Johnson said.

“The left always uses the term assault rifles, what they are really talking about is semi-automatic weapons that really are used in hunting. That’s what happens in Wisconsin. These are rifles that people use in hunting,” Johnson continued.

“It’s really an issue of freedom. I swore an oath to defend the Constitution, and part of the constitution is the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms, and these types of laws infringe on that right and I don’t agree with them,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said that if someone with a concealed carry permit had a gun in the theater, some of the deaths and injuries might have been avoided.

“That is one of the rationales behind concealed carry where criminals have to actually be a little concerned before they commit a criminal act that maybe somebody could stop them, and I think that is the truth,” Johnson said. “I think if somebody, a responsible individual, had been carrying a weapon maybe, maybe they could have prevented some of those deaths, some of those injuries. I think that is just the truth."

Hickenlooper, also appearing on CNN, also said he did not believe stronger gun control laws could have stopped the shooter.

"This is a case of evil, of somebody who was an aberration of nature," he said. "If it wasn't one weapon, it would have been another."

Hickenlooper said that he will be looking at ways to stop this kind of incident, but he sounded skeptical.

"I'm not sure there's any way in a free society to be able to do that," he said.

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