James Holmes, 24, is suspected of killing 12 people and wounding another 58 in Friday morning's shooting at opening night of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." With no significant police record, law enforcement sources say he acquired all four of his guns, body armor and thousands of rounds of ammunition legally.
House Democrats including Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Carolyn McCarthy of New York, both long-time gun control advocates, point to the shooting in Colorado and other mass shootings as proof that the country's gun laws are insufficient. Monday Blumenauer took to the floor to accuse the National Rifle Association of political bullying. He pointed to the shooting as a renewed opportunity "to deal with an epidemic of gun violence" in the United States.
"The NRA argues that all we need is for existing gun laws to be enforced while they systematically set about to dismantle which laws we have," Blumenaue said. "I continue to feel that there's no reason to permit armor-piercing, cop-killer bullets to be sold like Tic-tac's, that automatic weapons should be available over the counter with 100-bullet magazines like killer in Colorado had, that facilitate such sprees."
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said that Congress "should get all the facts" before moving any new legislation "because you want to make sure it is done right."
"This individual also booby-trapped his entire apartment. I don't know what else was put in there, how did he acquire those, what was he able to do in that process?" McCarthy, R-Calif., wondered while speaking with reporters during a pen and pad briefing Monday. "I would rather know all the facts instead of just moving legislation."