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Poll: Does Colorado Shooting Show a Need for More Gun Restrictions?

In the wake of the Aurora theater massacre, we're wondering how Twin City area residents feel about gun ownership vs. public-safety concerns.

The massacre at Columbine High School. The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The violence at Virginia Tech. And now, the rampage at a theater in Aurora, Colo., that's left 12 dead and 50 or more injured.

Incidents of gun violence often dominate the news, and after every such incident, the debate begins anew: Should federal and state governments make it more difficult for people to get their hands on guns?

In the Twin Cities area:

AMC Showplace Inver Grove To Beef Up Security After Colorado Shooting

Edina Police Working to Prevent Any 'Dark Knight Rises' Copycat Incidents

Dark Knight Rises Showings Still on in Shakopee After Colorado Shootings

Showings of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Continue in Oakdale Despite Shootings at Colo. Movie Theater

Burnsville Police Step Up Presence Near Movie Theater in Wake 'Dark Knight' Shootings in Colorado

In Hudson, Gun Shop, Indoor Shooting Range Could Open in Vacant Theater Space

 

The issue tends to divide Americans right down the middle; in April 2010, Pew Research found more Americans placing greater importance on protecting the rights of gun owners (49 percent) than on restricting gun ownership (45 percent).

That poll, of course, was conducted before this latest tragedy. So we're wondering whether this incident will have an impact on the issue in the Twin Cities region. Please let us know how you feel by voting in our poll, and describing the reason for your opinion in the comments below.

And as always, please keep the debate respectful.

yomammy December 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM
lol...wut?
yomammy December 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
how did prohibition work? how does banning pot work?
Timothy Hall December 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
We need to reach people, not peoples guns. A new school is a step in the right direction. Trying to take peoples guns away would be the same as trying to deport 15 million people.
Ryan Desmond February 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
With respect to George Zimmerman, I think it really does boil down to race and gun rights. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the trial. http://longwelllawyers.com/2012/05/the-george-zimmerman-case
rob_h78 February 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I think when people go into a gun show they are aware that guns will be around so I don't see a reason for more controls on them other than background checks for sales. IMHO - we should not penalize gun dealers who own stores and sell guns in a gun store with having to do background checks and not have the same rule for gun shows.

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