Asked Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" whether there's an appetite to look at gun laws in the wake of the Aurora shootings, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper demurred.
"Well, I'm not sure there's any way in a free society to be able to do that kind of -- he was buying things in different places," he said. "Certainly we can -- I'm sure we will try -- to create some checks and balances on these things. But I mean this is a case of evil -- somebody who was an aberration of nature. If it wasn't one weapon it would have been another. I mean, he was diabolical."
He added: "We are certainly looking at that and trying to say ... how do we preserve our freedoms and all those things that define this country and yet try to prevent something like this from happening. Let me tell you, there's no easy answer. There isn't."