James Holmes appeared in a Colorado courtroom Monday for a hearing on the heinous Friday shooting of over 70 'Dark Knight' moviegoers--killing 12--that the 24-year-old is accused of. While both presidential campaigns and most commentators avoided politicizing the tragedy, there have been a few notable exceptions from individuals advocating for stricter gun control laws in the United States.
Not long after the incident was reported, CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted that "America has got to do something about its gun laws." During his show Friday night, Morgan clashed with a guest who challenged the anchor for debating divisive gun control laws on a day that the guest thought should be focused on national unity. Jason Alexander, known f0r portraying George Constanza on Seinfeld, released a lengthy statement over the weekend challenging gun rights advocates in reaction to the Colorado tragedy. Perhaps most notably, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been very outspoken since the attack; criticizing Obama and Romney for avoiding the gun control debate and calling on politicians to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 1994.
On "Real News" Monday the panel discussed the saturation of debate on gun control over the last three days, and broke down flaws in the common knee-jerk reactions that follow horrific events like what happened in Aurora: