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From the July 10 edition of CBS' Face The Nation:

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JOHN DICKERSON (HOST): There were others arrested immediately afterwards on the scene. What can you tell us about those arrests?

DALLAS MAYOR MIKE RAWLINGS: You know, in dealing with the law of gun holding, you can carry a rifle legally, and when you have gunfire going on, you usually go with the person that's got a gun. And so our police grabbed some of those individuals, took them to police headquarters, and worked it out and figured out that they were not the shooters. But that is one of the real issues with the gun right issues that we face, that in the middle of a firefight, it's hard to pick out the good guys and the bad guys. 

DICKERSON: Did that complicate the issue at the moment? 

RAWLINGS: Well I think so. I wasn't there real time to kind of see it go on, but the common sense would tell you, you don't know where the gunfire's coming from. There were individuals that ran across the gunfire. They were in the body armor, camo gear with rifles slung over their shoulders, so it sure took our eye off the ball for a moment. We got them out of the way, we figured out what was happening, and we did our business. 


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