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Larimer family has yet to weigh in on gun violence debate

The father of one of the 12 victims killed in the Aurora, Colo. theater shootings says he and his family have yet to formulate an opinion on the some of the gun violence prevention measures being proposed by President Barack Obama.

Scott Larimer, whose son John died protecting his girlfriend during the screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July, said his family is focusing on the the court hearings for the accused shooter, James Holmes.

"We need to get through dealing with this situation," Scott Larimer said."The next hearing is in March, and we're wondering how that will come out."

Larimer said that all of his family members, including his four other children, might all think differently on the issue of gun control and measures needed to help prevent mass shootings.

"Their opinions may be different than mine," Scott Larimer said.

The debate "has been going on for a lot longer, it's been going on since the 1960s," Larimer said. "It gets the attention when [a] young person in Chicago gets killed."

- Joseph Bustos

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