A heated debate over gun control began before the sun rose in Colorado Springs Saturday with President Barack Obama weighing in early.
"If we truly care about this - if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience - then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them," Obama said in a statement released before 7 a.m. "Period. Enough is enough."
The president was countered by others, including Colorado Springs politician and radio talk show host Jeff Crank who decried the pro-gun control stance on his Saturday morning show.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers took a middle road as he walked the crime scene Saturday morning. The former Colorado attorney general said he's long examined gun-control issues, and doesn't think regulations on weapons make much sense.
But controlling who gets their hands on guns was much on the mayor's mind.
"We need to do a much better job of screening for mental health situations," he said.
Suthers said he also supports the state Constitution's provision that allows Coloradans to openly carry weapons.
He said he's looked at crime statistics and the differences between those who openly carry weapons and those who have concealed-carry permits "doesn't matter."
Without detailing a legislative fix, Obama said laws are needed.
"This is not normal," he said of the Colorado Springs shooting. "We can't let it become normal."
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