Gun Control Debate Heats Up
From the President to people on the street, the gun control debate is now front and center after the tragedy in Connecticut. The Governor took up the topic Monday.
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"I don't think the founding fathers had the idea that every man, woman and child could carry an assault weapon," New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said over the weekend.
It was the topic of the talk shows this weekend.
"You have to take a hard look at these assault weapons and the high capacity magazines that make it possible to murder a large number of people in a very short amount of time without reloading," said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
From the President...
"Can we say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country, the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness, and with purpose. I've been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no."
...to people on the street.
"Guns in the wrong hands are very dangerous," said Ana Castaway, a mother.
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people."
They're talking about guns in America.
Governor Andrew Cuomo answered questions about that Monday, saying they are taking a closer look at the gun laws NY already has on the books. He'd like to see something come from the federal government.
"The most efficient and effective vehicle is a federal law. You can change the laws in the state of New York, we have some of the toughest guns laws in the nation. As does the state of the Connecticut, but you can buy a gun in another state and drive several miles and that's that," said Cuomo, (D).
There was a federal ban on assault weapons approved by Congress in 1994. That ban expired in 2004. After Sandy Hook, some are calling for that ban again.
"The thing I find unfortunate is that everybody is quick to judge..."
Dave Jenkins teaches self defense that includes firearms training. He says what happened in Newtown was the work of a mentally ill person.
"They're rushing because it was a gun that was used, because guns are bad. Guns are not bad. It's the people behind them. Guns are inanimate objects. They have no feelings, no prejudice. They don't choose to do anything. They only reflect the person behind them."
Jenkins says legal gun owners, including those who own assault weapons, are not the ones committing the crimes. He does expect things will change after this latest tragedy.
Governor Cuomo is calling for those changes too.
"There's no doubt that our assault weapons ban, our assault weapons law, has significant flaws and significant loopholes," Cuomo said. "There's no question in my mind the law needs to be improved."