School shooting ignites gun control debate
The debate over gun control has reached a new high after the school shooting in Connecticut last week.
"It is counter-productive for the anti-gun movement," said Greg Burge, owner of Beech Grove Firearms.
"What kind of firepower they have, those are things we might be able to deal with," said State Rep. Ed Delaney (D-Indianapolis), a long-time gun control advocate.
Both sides could not be further apart. Gun buyers, on the other hand, are not waiting for the debate to end.
"Since opening Monday at 10 a.m., we have sold 51 AR-15s," Burge said.
That's exactly the kind of buying Delaney would like to see stopped.
"There is no way anyone could radically limit gun ownership," he said.
Delaney has proposed legislation in the past and will ask again for a law to limit the sale of high-capacity magazines and ban the sale of sporting rifles, commonly known as the AR-15. He also realizes the odds are not stacked in his favor.
"Now, if you realize we are going to have a lot of weapons, then the question ought to be how they are used," Delaney said.
Which strikes right at the core of the debate.
"We have to ask ourselves, 'Do we really want to go there?' Is there a line between personal protection, hunting and something else? I think there is," Delaney said.
"So if we are going to expand why one person wants to dictate their way of life onto another person - in this case, non-gun owners versus gun owners - then where is the line going to stop?" Burge asked.
As the debate continues, Zionsville mother Shannon Watts has started an online campaign, "One Million Moms For Gun Control. She says it is not political, just a mother's intuition.
"We believe in the 2nd Amendment, at least this group I have started does. It is about making sure the NRA is not driving the conversation for profit," Watts said.