Some of the most restrictive gun control laws could be coming from the next Congress. But is that the direction this debate needs to be headed?
"We set a record for this store," said Greg Burge. the owner of Beech Grove firearms as he straightened the inventory after a record number of buyers jammed the store this weekend. Many of those customers were buying in reaction to members of Congress calling for a renewal of the assault weapons ban.
Representative Diane Feinstein authored the original ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004, and said Sunday morning on NBC's Meet The Press that new legislation is ready to target assault weapons. "It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession. Not retroactively, but perceptively," she said. "And it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets."
Before Beech Grove Firearms opened for business Saturday, ten people were waiting outside for the doors to open. The rush to buy is not just in Indiana. At other gun shops all over the country, it is the same story. In Oregon, new gun buyers waited up to four hours for background checks.
The debate on guns has been going on for decades.
Said Burge, "There are so many facets to what happen in Connecticut, but just to pull out one piece of it and blame an inanimate object, to me, does the victims no good."
The gun debate, many will argue, is over shadowing the real issue - the need for better mental health care and treatment.
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