Often you'll find that when someone calls for an issue debate following a high profile incident somehow implicating it, the result of that debate on the part of the caller is a foregone conclusion. Case in point: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (a member of an anti-gun mayors group
Rod Dreher at the BBC details
the way the gun issue in America tends to play out in predictable ways following a tragedy of the kind witnessed in Aurora. "Fire-breathing" opponents of stricter gun laws liken them to something Hitler (who else) would embrace. Conversely, "dogmatic" proponents of gun regulation (like that found in, where else, Europe) believe mass murder could be prevented if only we'd the will to impose more laws.