Video: Denver Shootings Highlight Brady Campaign’s Call for Stricter Gun Laws

Posted July 21, 2012 in Criminal Law by Kate Stafford


Accused mass murderer James Holmes

The horrific shooting of 70 people at the opening at a movie theater near Denver has put a renewed focus on calls for stricter guns laws, as advocated by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Meanwhile, guns are spreading into the general population now that 43 states have some form of open carry law, thanks to legislation and the recent Supreme Court decisions. Nearly half of all Americans — 47 percent — own firearms. However, views on gun ownership are still sharply divided: According to a recent Gallup poll, the population is evenly split between those wanting stricter laws and those who want to see fewer restrictions on gun ownership. 

Dennis Henigan

Our reporter Kate Stafford-Walter travels to Washington, D.C. to interview Dennis Henigan, Vice President of Law and Policy at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in part two of our series on gun laws in the United States.

Henigan contends that the spread of open carry laws hasn’t made Americans safer, but has actually put more citizens at risk of violent death. He cites some disturbing statistics in support of his claim:

  • Gun-related homicides have increased each year since 2002.
  • The homicide rate in the United States is 10 – 20 times greater than in other industrialized nations.

View the first part of our series, Packing Heat Part 1: Open Carry Prevails in 28 States.

Do you believe open carry is making Americans safer, or do you feel the removal of restrictions on gun ownership has created a more dangerous environment? Share your opinion by leaving a comment below.

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