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derrick z. jackson

Denver presidential debate needs question on guns

‘How many deaths are enough for either of you to become concerned?’

If ever a site dictated a question that must be asked in a presidential debate, it is Denver. Two of the worst mass shootings in the nation’s history happened in its suburbs, at Columbine High School in 1999 and at a movie theater in Aurora this summer. The shootings combined killed 27 people and injured 81.

Moderator Jim Lehrer will spend half of Wednesday’s 90-minute debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney on the economy. That is understandable. But somewhere in the remaining half dedicated to “health care,” “the role of government,” and “governing,” he must ask about the obvious issue: guns.

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