Photos: Aurora, Columbine families hold emotional conference urging gun reforms

The pleas from Boik's grieving family members come the same week that there has been a renewed discussion of gun control and gun violence in Colorado, with two Democratic members of Congress pushing different pieces of legislation that could make it harder for criminals to access such dangerous weapons.

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Sam Levin
Dave and Theresa Hoover.
Governor John Hickenlooper also recently said he was interested in reforms, but he was short on specifics.

Meanwhile, the NRA this morning called for guards in every school in America.

The NRA placed blame for Sandy Hook in a lot of different places, but not on guns. And Wayne LaPierre, the head of the association, said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy is a good guy with a gun."

A reporter read this quote out loud at the news conference at the Capitol today, asking Dave Hoover for his perspective.

"What we need to do is stop blaming people for what is happening in this world and start fixing the infrastructure that we live within, because if we fix the problem after everything is done, nobody's going to be around," he said. "We have to stand up and say.... Let's start right now... Let's stop killing our families out there in the streets."

He added: "Nobody wants to come in and take your gun away from you. But I don't think it's too much for us to ask that if I'm an individual who has lost their mind and wants to go wreak havoc...for the love of God, we should be able to stop that.... For us to say let's throw more guns at it. Well, there were fewer guns on the street when Columbine happened. There are more guns on the street now and look at where we stand."

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Sam Levin
On the third floor of the Capitol this morning.
Carroll and Fields both said they expect to see many gun-control proposals in the next legislative cycle and, though they anticipate the debates to be contentious, the time has come for common-sense solutions.

"When you just sort of increase the influx of firearms without fixing the structural issues, you're frankly going to make the problem worse," Carroll says of the responses coming from gun-rights groups like the NRA and of the surge of gun sales in Colorado. "It's not a solution. It's a decoy."

Mauser, who has been a vocal gun-control advocate since his son died, said he has stood at too many of these press conferences and is sick of the same statements and excuses. "We want a plan for something better," he said. "We want action."

Meanwhile, in Civic Center Park all day today, activists are hosting a "Colorado Day of Peace" in honor of the Sandy Hook victims.

Continue for more photos from the Capitol and from Civic Center Park.

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They should give EVERYONE a free gun .

Then OUTLAW bullets .........

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I knew I'd find that media whore Tom Mauser's name in this article.


those that trade a little liberty for a little security will have neither.B.F

Patrick Esser
Patrick Esser

Timothy McVeigh killed more without a gun...

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Murder is already against the law, yet people do why do people feel passing gun laws will keep people from killing others using guns? There are already strict laws buying guns, if you can't buy one in a store its easy to get one on the street, even easier to steal one. Take time to pass a high capacity clip law where you can't buy one in store...fine, it takes 5 minutes and make one. NEWS FLASH...Laws will never keep people from being criminals.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Easiest way to conquer a nation is to disarm them ~ Adolf hitler


I sometimes wonder when an event occurs & remains the #1 topic on EVERY news source such as w/ Columbine, Aurora, & New Town ect..., if it might be the unintentional glamorization that fuels these troubled, ARMED, youth to begin with in the first place .

Bad attention, is STILL attention . I imagine potential mental cases that are capable of initiating this degree of actual hell,  are somewhat inspired by the endless media coverages from every angle imaginable . The extremely sad story about the puppy not being able to spend it's 1st x-mas w/ the now dead little boy from New Town, is a bit too much . 

I am nowhere near a solution . Just a sad witness to this growing monster !

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

American Gun MADNESS !!

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