Gun Control Debate Continues

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Gun control is back at the forefront of people's minds after the Navy Yard shooting.

"We're confronting yet another mass shooting," said President Barack Obama in a press conference on Monday.

Monday's shooting at Washington's Navy Yard is hitting close to home for students at JMU.

"This is absolutely ridiculous, I live in Connecticut and I was very close to the Newtown incident and I have a stepdad that was in the Marine Core and the fact that this is even possible is very upsetting," said Felicia Knise, a JMU student from Connecticut.

One student from D.C. was worried about his family.

"I have so many relatives, so many cousins, so many friends there that are living that could have been around there," said Michael Bilew who is from North West D.C.

Back in April, the senate voted down gun control legislation that would have made it harder for people to buy high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.

NRA member Sam Taylor believes guns aren't the problem the government should be taking up.

"If my wife or a loved one was working somewhere and somebody walked in with a gun and my wife had a concealed, maybe things wouldn't be so bad," said Taylor, who works at Pawn Emporium. The shop sells assault rifles and other guns.

Taylor says before selling guns, he has to first verify that those customers are able to provide two forms of ID, with matching addresses, and also make sure they pass a criminal background check.

"I don't think it's too stringent and I don't think it's too easy," said Taylor.

Knise who still remembers the Newtown shooting is hoping Congress will take another shot at gun control.

"There needs to be a better way for the government to control how we use our guns," said Knise.

Tuesday the Newtown Action Alliance will be on Capitol Hill to take in congressional meetings and deliver letters to lawmakers asking for stricter background checks for gun buyers.

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