AP Interview: Udall sees calmer debate ahead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says the assassination attempt against Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords could help curb excess and exaggeration in the national political debate.

Udall told the Associated Press Tuesday the attack affected him and other lawmakers personally. Udall campaigned for Giffords, who represents a district Udall's late father, Morris Udall, represented.

Udall says the impact on the tone in Washington may be deeper and longer-lasting than some expect. He says this session of Congress could be productive on spending, energy and immigration.

Udall, a democrat who supports gun ownership rights, says the attack should prompt a debate on how to keep firearms out of the hands of mentally troubled people.

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  • by John Location: 480 28 1/4 Rd trlr #48 on Jan 12, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    I do sense the sense to do something about this issue. But we all should be allowed to have access to a firearm for self defense to protect ourselves from armed and dangerous fugitves who break into our homes and rob us blind though. I feel that some people who have mental illnesses should have the right to protect themselves from danger just like any normal person though. As long as they are taking medications for these types of illneses . If Mark Udall was not such an idiot in some cases.Those of us that do have mental illnesses still need the right to protect ourselves like any normal person would in dangerous situations.If Mark Udall only new people like my roommates and I having drug dealers coming over to our house threatening to kill us like what has happened three or four times . By God we deserve the right to have a gun as a source of protection.If we cannot have a firearm and we are mentally ill how can we defend ourselves.We need to change that law completely.
  • by Conservative Location: GJ on Jan 11, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    There is absolutely no proof that the national debate had anything to do with this tragedy. Udall is the one using "excess and exaggeration" with these comments.
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