August 6th, 2012
09:23 PM ET

Gun control debate amid Sikh temple tragedy: Do more guns equal less crime?

Officials are still trying to piece together what prompted an Army veteran to go on a killing spree at a Sikh temple, leaving 7 dead, including the gunman and 4 injured.

Authorities say that 40-year-old, Wade Michael Page acquired the gun used in the shooting legally. Like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, within hours of the Sikh temple shooting there were calls for gun control.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors released a statement Monday calling for common sense gun law regulation.

“Just 17 days have passed since the tragic shooting in Aurora. The U.S. Conference of Mayors repeats its call for reasonable changes in our gun laws and regulations that could help to prevent senseless tragedies such as the one that has shocked Oak Creek and the nation.”

 OutFront tonight: ATF Special Agent Bernard ZaporJohn Lott, Jr. author of "More Guns, Less Crime" and CNN Contributor Roland Martin.

Bloomberg blasts 'deafening silence' on guns from Obama and Romney

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bemoaned Monday what he called a "deafening silence" on gun control from the two presidential candidates after a pair of high-profile shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin killed a combined 18 people.

Long an outspoken advocate for tighter restrictions on guns, Bloomberg originally called on President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to lay out their respective plans on stemming gun violence after 12 people were shot at a movie theater outside Denver on July 20.

His remarks Monday came one day after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

"Just two weeks after the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, we've seen another mass shooting," Bloomberg, an independent, said on the steps of a Sikh community center in Queens. "One in which it appears there were some warning signs in the shooter. And still the two presidential candidates have not given the American public a plan to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Every day 34 Americans are murdered with guns. The fact that criminals, terrorists and other mentally ill people have access to guns is a national crisis."


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