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By Fox News Sunday, Fox News Sunday - July 22, 2012

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CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

It was the largest mass shooting in American history and there are still plenty of unanswered questions.

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WALLACE: What happened? Why did the shooter do it? And is there any way to stop these massacres?

We'll get the latest from the crime scene and we'll talk with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a strong supporter of gun control, and Senator Ron Johnson, a gun rights advocate.

And then, civil war rages in Syria, while a terrorist targets Israeli tourists.

We'll discuss dangerous times in the Middle East with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu live, only on "Fox News Sunday."

And a campaign calls a brief truce in the wake of the Colorado shootings.

We'll ask our panel if gun control will now become an issue in this election.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

And hello again from Fox News in Washington. We'll talk with our guests in a moment. But first, here is the latest from Aurora, Colorado.

Authorities have cleared the suspect's booby trapped apartment. They are gathering evidence, which includes 30 explosive devices and a computer hard drive. Police say 12 people are dead, while 30 are still hospitalized, seven of them in critical condition.

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is in solitary confinement and will be represented by a public defender when he's arraigned Monday.

For more on all this, including President Obama's trip to Colorado today, let's bring in our Fox News colleague Jon Scott who was at the theater where the attack occurred -- Jon.

JON SCOTT, FOX NEWS: Chris, we have new and eerie photos of the suspect, 24-year-old James Holmes, and they show him with his hair dyed red. Now, that's significant because after the New York City chief was briefed on what happened here. He told reporters that the suspect, the shooter, had red dyed hair. He also told arresting officers that he was the Joker, a nemesis of the Batman character.

Apparently, the dye job photos went up on a dating Web site in the days immediately before the shooting. Along with the question, will you visit me in prison? A couple of the clues police are looking at right now.

But they also have a mountain of new evidence, they say, after successfully neutralizing the incendiary threat in Holmes' apartment.

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SCOTT: Using small explosive charges, they dismantled what they call a sophisticated booby trap left behind in the suspect's home, a nest of trip wires, flammable liquid and other devices designed, police say, to kill the first person going through the door and then set a raging fire in the apartment. Because that fire did not occur, the investigators were able to comb through place.

Last night, we saw them bringing out bags of potential evidence, including a computer tower. Police believe these attacks were planned for months, and they will be searching for further confirmation.

Across this grieving community, memorials and vigils are now a daily occurrence, remembering the 12 dead, praying for the scores of wounded.

President Obama has decided to make his way here to meet with the victim's families to offer some words of comfort and we hope and expect to lift up a grieving nation -- Chris.

WALLACE: Jon Scott -- reporting from Aurora, Colorado -- Jon, thanks for that.

Joining us now discus what happened in Colorado and whether there is any better ways to protect Americans from a twisted mind are Senator Dianne Feinstein, a longtime advocate of stricter gun control, and Senator Ron Johnson, a strong supporter of gun rights.

Senators, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, D-CALIF.: Thank you, Chris.

SEN. RON JOHNSON, R-WIS.: Good morning, Chris.

WALLACE: Senator Feinstein, let's go with the big picture. Another case of someone slaughtering innocent people on a college campus, in a restaurant, now, in a movie theater. What are your thoughts?

FEINSTEIN: My thoughts are these -- pure and simple -- weapons of war don't belong on the streets. This is a powerful weapon. He had a hundred round drum. This is a man who planned it, who went in and his purpose was to kill as many people as he could in a sold out theater.

I think -- you know, we've got to sit down and really come to grips with what is sold to the average citizen in America. I have no problem with people being licensed and buying a firearm. But these are weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close combat. That's the purpose of that weapon.

You can put a hellfire switch on it. You can fire semi-automatic very rapidly. This drum was huge. He had a hundred bullets in it, and he went out to kill a lot of people. I think that these weapons ought to be stopped. I think the sale and transfer. That's what my bill did for 10 years and since my bill expired. What happened was, there have been --

WALLACE: The assault weapons ban.

FEINSTEIN: The assault weapons ban. There have been 452 instances, 650 people have been shot, 300 have died of those 650. And it's unnecessary.

WALLACE: Let me bring in Senator Johnson.

The Supreme Court has spoken. The Constitution means when it says -- when it says that Americans have a right to bear arms.

But let's look at this case. Does the suspect James Holmes -- does he have a constitutional right to buy an AR-15 assault rifle, along with a magazine that holds a hundred rounds that makes it so easy to commit this kind of slaughter?

JOHNSON: First of all, Chris, this is a horrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and the community of aurora.

The fact of the matter is, though, he's sick and demented, you know, evil individual. And, unfortunately, I don't think society can keep sick and demented individuals from obtaining any type of weapon to kill people. I mean, somebody who wants to purposely harm another individual is going to find a method of doing it.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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July 22, 2012

Feinstein, Johnson debate stricter gun control; Netanyahu on dangerous times in the Middle East

July 15, 2012

Swing state governors talk entitlement reform; top political operatives talk campaign strategy

July 08, 2012

DNC, RNC chairs debate economy; key lawmakers on effort to repeal ObamaCare

July 01, 2012

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We'll bring you the latest from the Colorado theatre shooting.  Then, a discussion on guns in America with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a staunch supporter of gun control, and Senator Ron Johnson, a gun rights advocate.

Tensions continue to grow between Israel and Iran.  We'll get an update on where things stand in a rare interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined “Fox News Sunday” to press the case against Iran and Hezbollah, and argue that recent events illustrate the danger the world faces should Tehran be allowed to develop or possess nuclear or chemical weapons.

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