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LA mayor: ban assault weapons in wake of Colorado shooting

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In the wake of a shooting during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today called for a ban on assault weapons.

Flags at city buildings will also fly at half-mast through Tuesday.

Twelve people were killed and another 59 wounded when a gunman, identified as James Holmes, opened fire in the crowded movie theater. Holmes was allegedly armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and two Glock pistols, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

“It’s beyond time for the political leaders of this nation, in a bipartisan fashion, to make it wholly more difficult to own assault weapons—guns that have no rational place in our communities,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.

 The mayor went on to say:

It’s time for the federal government to again ban these weapons, just like California enacted the nation’s toughest law against assault weapons nearly two decades ago. It’s time for nationwide background checks and waiting periods so guns don’t fall into the wrong hands—criminal hands—only to be used against innocent victims in everyday crimes as well as mass murders. Our lawmakers need to come together and do more than just talk about the pain and sorrow in the aftermath of these gun violence tragedies. They need to act. They need to take a stand.

Villaraigosa is chair of this year's Democratic National Convention.

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