Colorado Lawmaker Tells Victim’s Dad It Was ‘A Good Thing’ That James Holmes Had A 100-Round Magazine
Colorado State Senator Bernie Herpin was arguing to do away with the state’s ban on magazines with more than 15 rounds. Democratic State Senator Irene Aguilar pointed out that James Holmes would never have been able to legally buy such capacity with this law in effect and the law would have stopped him.
“Perhaps, James Holmes would not have been able to purchase a 100-round magazine,” Herpin admitted.
“As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed,” he added. “If he had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”
But he fired off 65 rounds in the meantime.
Tom Sullivan was also at the Capitol on Tuesday to oppose repealing the high capacity magazine ban because his son, Alex, was one of the victims of the theater shooting.
“I’ve had a lot of thoughts since July 20, 2012, but never once did I think anyone was better off because the shooter brought a hundred round drum into that theater,” Sullivan insisted. “Alex never had a chance. He was watching a movie one second and the next he was dead. The fact is, if the shooter had to change his magazine that would have been a chance for Alex to survive.”
Herpin gave a further statement to Raw Story:
“It’s a good thing when innocent lives are saved from violence – that’s the point I was making yesterday,” Herpin remarked. “The Aurora shooting was an absolute tragedy and I would never say anything to lessen that tragedy.”