Conn. shooting reignites gun control debate

By: NBC News Email
By: NBC News Email

The tragedy in Connecticut has re-ignited the debate over whether the United States should ban assault weapons.

The school shooting has also created a renewed push to bring back the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago.

"We ought to make sure we ban the assault weapons, limit the number of bullets in a clip, and prevent mentally ill people from getting guns," says New York's Senator Chuck Schumer.

In Connecticut this weekend, President Obama called for action.

"No set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can't be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this," he said.

Lawmakers say it will be first on their agenda in January.

Fearing new restrictions, gun enthusiasts are buying now, and stores are seeing record sales.

"Yesterday was the biggest day we've ever done in 20 years. Today will probably eclipse that," said Karl Durkheimer, owner of Milwaukie, Oregon's Northwest Armory gun store.

Opponents of gun control argue Connecticut already had tough gun laws, and so do other areas with high crime rates.

Lawmakers here are also calling for a national commission to examine mass shootings like the one in Connecticut.

Here in Colorado, residents across the state set a record for background check requests in a single day on Dec. 15, the day after the Connecticut shooting.

According to the Associated Press, more than 4,200 requests to buy guns were submitted, compared to the 4,028 requests on Black Friday this year.

President Obama and Gov. Hickenlooper have floated the idea of tougher gun control laws. What do you think?

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  • by Scott1 on Dec 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    It'll send a message, all right. Probably not the one you want to send, but far be it from me to infringe on your right to shoot yourself in the foot, no pun intended.
  • by rich Location: Location on Dec 18, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    I need an asault weapon to protect myself from the biggest terrorist organization in america , the N.R.A.
  • by AmericanPatriot. on Dec 17, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    I’m hearing a rumor that there's a nationwide rally being planned to protest gun control, only I haven’t got a location. But this could be bigger than the TEA parties. And I think it’s an excellent idea. Just imagine a million legal, peaceful gun owners all gathered in one place. That could send a message. I’m in! Let me know if you get a time and place.
  • by Scott on Dec 17, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    Trolley Square Mall, Salt Lake City. February 12, 2007.
  • by Szabla Location: Location on Dec 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    I don't see any mass shootings in Utah, they can carry a gun concealed anywhere. They only places that have strict gun control are the places where the most gun crime exists. More guns less crime, is what the statistics show. However, don't let the truth get in the way of the anti-gun nuts. Their utopian society only exists in their drug induced stupors.
  • by don Location: GJ on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
    Connecticut already has an assault weapons ban. None of the firearms used was banned by that law. They were purchased legally. The problem is the PC manner in which we treat the mentally ill. They need to be confined like they used to be. The PC crowd has gotten us to believe that it isn't fair to confine them but we get what we have now in that case.
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