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Colorado Lawmaker Shocks Victim's Dad: 'Good Thing' Aurora Shooter Had 100-Round Magazine


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Kit
- 1616 days ago - rawstory.com
Of the 76 shell casings found by investigators after the shooting, 65 were fired from Holmes' .223 caliber assault-style rifle with the 100 round magazine.



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Richard S (209)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:03 pm
And here's what the victim's dad said:
“I’ve had a lot of thoughts since July 20, 2012, but never once did I think anyone was better off because the shooter brought a hundred round drum into that theater,” Sullivan insisted. “Alex never had a chance. He was watching a movie one second and the next he was dead. The fact is, if the shooter had to change his magazine that would have been a chance for Alex to survive." "The lack of empathy and compassion is shocking,” the victim's dad later told KDVR. “Not just to me and my family, but to all of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and to all the people of Colorado.”
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:03 pm
Photo of Colorado state senator Bernie Herpin



A Republican state senator in Colorado stunned the father of one of the victims of the Aurora theater shooting when he claimed that it was “a good thing” that James Holmes had a 100-round magazine.

During a Wednesday hearing about overturning the state’s ban on magazines larger than 15 rounds, Democratic state Sen. Irene Aguilar pointed out that Holmes would have never been able to legally buy the arsenal he used to slaughter 12 people and injure 70 others.

“My understanding is that James Holmes bought his 100-round capacity magazine legally,” Aguilar told Republican state Sen. Bernie Herpin. “So in fact, this law would have stopped James Holmes from purchasing a 100-round magazine.”

“I was wondering if you agree with me,” she asked.

“Perhaps, James Holmes would not have been able to purchase a 100-round magazine,” Herpin admitted.

“As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed,” he added. “If he had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”

Of the 76 shell casings found by investigators after the shooting, 65 were fired from Holmes’ .223 caliber assault-style rifle with the 100 round magazine.

Tom Sullivan’s was also at the Capitol on Tuesday to oppose repealing the high capacity magazine ban because his son, Alex, was one of the victims of the theater shooting.

“I’ve had a lot of thoughts since July 20, 2012, but never once did I think anyone was better off because the shooter brought a hundred round drum into that theater,” Sullivan insisted. “Alex never had a chance. He was watching a movie one second and the next he was dead. The fact is, if the shooter had to change his magazine that would have been a chance for Alex to survive.”

“The lack of empathy and compassion is shocking,” Sullivan later told KDVR. “Not just to me and my family, but to all of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and to all the people of Colorado.”

“But this is what he truly believes.”

Sullivan observed that it was almost unthinkable that voters had decided to replace former Senate President John Morse with Herpin in a recall election over the new gun control laws.

But with public support beginning to once again swing back in favor of the gun control measures, Democrats suggested that the issue was backfiring on Republicans.

“Thanks for giving us back your seat,” one Democratic staffer was heard saying at the hearing on Wednesday. Herpin is up for re-election in November.

Update (2:20 p.m. ET): In a statement to Raw Story, Sen. Herpin said that he was not trying to diminish the tragedy in Aurora.

“It’s a good thing when innocent lives are saved from violence – that’s the point I was making yesterday,” Herpin remarked. “The Aurora shooting was an absolute tragedy and I would never say anything to lessen that tragedy.”

Watch the videos below from KDVR, broadcast Feb. 12, 2013.
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By: David Edwards | Raw Story |
 

Brad Miller (120)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:22 pm
The twisted, vile and cruel garbage that continues to come out of repugnacuns "minds" and mouths never ceases to astound, terrify and disgust me.
 

JL A (281)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:07 pm
Scary that someone like that got elected
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:04 pm
Noted....sadly. Bad karma.
 

Vallee R (280)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:41 pm
Living In Colorado I can tell you that the gun control laws are a big controversy - but I think sometimes we are missing the point - the "bad" guys will always have these guns - and as the article comments - "until a good guy with a gun shows up". So why shouldn't private "good" people have the same guns and ammo as the "bad guys"- if movie theaters and schools weren't "gun free" zones" and if at least some people in the theater and some teachers were trained with a gun and allowed to have them in these places than they would be much safer places for our children and ourselves- this would never have happened at the theater or at the schools which are basically all staged anyway by the government -
 

Barbara K (62)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:46 pm
More toxic waste driveling from the mouth from another soulless, hypocritical, piece of Rethug/Tbagger trash.
 

Robert B (60)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 6:16 pm
this jackass Herpin is a disgrace, unfortunately gullible people like Val R. believe his shit. Ever heard of England, where gun control works? Compare the death rates by guns there and here.
 

Joanne D (38)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 10:02 pm
What's scary to me is that Herpin did not get legitimately elected, he was the stooge the Republicans picked to put on the ballot to recall John Morse, one of the finest legislators we have ever had. Even with all the other demographics going, I can't believe that recall would have been successful without the Repubs lying to the voters about what the law actually did, as is also just coming out. Note that all the laws have survuved attempts to repeal them so far.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:41 am
More obnoxious crap from a Republican I think someone should call in the environmental health because the amount of crap excreted by these people is a danger to health.
 

Carmen S (611)
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:47 am
So sad, thanks Kit for sharing this.
 

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 8:20 am

“As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed,” he added. “If he had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”

++++++++++++++++ THAT is the most convoluted bit of illogical thinking I've seen in awhile. Want to bet this fool has an NRA membership?
 

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 4:20 am
This leaves me pretty much speechless.
 
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