John B. Quigley, professor of law at Ohio State University, talked with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Saturday about the recent Denver shooting and its aspects, including the problem of easy gun purchase in the United States.
He said that one issue in the tragic incident is “the availability of weapons. Weapons of some seriousness like weapons that this fellow bought are generally available for legal purchase. There are requirements, but those requirements are not very stringent.”
He said it is most likely that a person that plans to carry out a mass killing could legally have accesses to powerful firearms.
Reports say Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, along with four guns at local stores, in the weeks leading up to the tragic event that claimed numerous lives and left dozens injured at a movie theater outside Denver.
At a news conference on Friday night, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said, "My understanding is all weapons he possessed, he possessed legally. All ammunition he possessed, he possessed legally."
71 people were shot in a suburban Denver movie theater early Friday during midnight shows of the new Batman movie. Twelve people were killed, ten of them at the theater. Another 59 adults and children were wounded.