Gun Control More or Less Likely After Colorado?
The St. Louis area represents both extremes in the debate in a single week.
There's no way to avoid it. The gun control debate re-emerges with every shooting like the one on Friday morning in Aurora, CO: A man kills 12 and wounds more than 50 in a movie theater at a premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."
On one end of the gun debate, Missouri Rep. John McCaherty (R-90th District), of High Ridge, is set to raffle off the civilian version of the military M16 rifle at a fundraising dinner Aug. 27. The rifle is a legally owned AR15 rifle that was given to him by the NRA.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the debate over guns — legal or otherwise — only two mayors in the area have joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and University City Mayor Shelley Welsch. (It should be noted, however, that the Washington Post reported the guns at the Colorado crime scene were purchased legally.)
A lot will need to be sorted out in Aurora over the next few weeks.
But this raises the question again: Do you think events like this make stronger gun control laws more or less likely? Is it worthwhile to have the discussion, or are the various points of view too far apart?