Gun control debate pushed into spotlight following Colorado shooting

Gun control debate pushed into spotlight following Colorado shooting

By Makayla Zurn. CREATED Jul 24, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The man suspected in the massacre at the movies will be back in court next Monday.

James Holmes made his first appearance Monday. He looked dazed and confused.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado last Friday.

Police are still searching for a motive in the rampage.

Legal experts think Holmes' lawyers will probably try an insanity plea, based on what he looked like and how he acted in court Monday.

While we still don't know a motive, police are sure the attack was not random. They say Holmes had been planning for months; buying guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and body armor.

The question is: How could be afford it? It turns out he received a $26,000 research grant by the National Institutes of Health funded by taxpayer money.

Holmes withdrew from the University of Colorado research program in June, after already stockpiling all those guns and ammunition.

The shooting that he's accused of is renewing the debate on gun control in America.

Holmes was able to purchase four guns and an entire gun shop supply of ammunition, and he did it in just a matter of months through local gun stores and online.

The guns: a 12-gauge shotgun, a semi automatic rifle, capable of getting off 100 rounds in 30 seconds, as well as two 40 millimeter glock handguns.

Holmes also bought 6,000 rounds and 300 shot gun shells. Small gun stores don't even keep that much ammo on premises.

The National Rifle Association has opposed restrictions on online ammunition sales in the past.

They would not comment to the media, but say it's time to let families grieve and that there will be an appropriate time down the road to engage in political and policy discussions.