Gun control debate continues as people mourn tragic Florida massacre

As people still mourn the tragic massacre in Parkland, FL., the debate over gun control is once again making headlines.

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 7:03 PM

As people still mourn the tragic massacre in Parkland, FL., the debate over gun control is once again making headlines.

Many want to ban guns, but many others say that's just unrealistic.

Here are some simple stats: according to the Pew Research Center about 40% of adults say they live in a household with a gun and about 30% of the people actually own a gun.

Out of the about 265 million privately owned guns, just 3% of the people own half of that entire stash.
But many still say guns aren't the problem here.

“You can legislate all you want the feeling of being safe, it doesn't make you safe. What makes us safe is putting criminals behind bars,” said Down Range Indoor Training Center CEO Will Clark.

He is against banning guns and says that doesn't make things safer. Law abiding citizens having guns is not the problem, but we need much stricter rules to prevent people who shouldn't have guns from getting their hands on it.

“You use a gun illegally, go to jail. You try to buy a gun illegally, you go to jail. Cause that doesn't happen,” he said.

He uses cities like Chicago and Baltimore as examples; cities that have some of the strictest gun laws but some of the highest yearly homicide rates.

“What are we trying to control? People from coming into high schools and shooting up our high schools? Absolutely, nobody wants that. However, how do you prevent it? Ban all guns? That's absolutely ridiculous,” he said.

But not everyone shares that view, and Al Hoffman is an example. He's a real estate developer and big time GOP donor, and after the tragedy in Florida is telling Republicans that he will not give any more money unless they do something about gun control.

“I thought, 'my god what can we do?' And the only thought that came to me is that now I’ve got to adopt a plan whereby we contact every republican donor around the country to endorse the adoption of a ban on assault weapons. The majority of the people in the country are for that," he said.

Clark says we can't stop people from committing crimes, though we can try and make it more and more difficult, but at the end of the day we need to make sure the people who shouldn't have guns don't have guns.

On Monday there was also a rally to end gun violence.

A student who was at the high school during the massacre says it's simply a matter of either being with them and pushing for gun control, or taking the NRA’s blood money.

“My friends and I, my community and I have stared down the barrel of an AR-15 the way you have not. We have seen this weapon of war mow down people we know and love the way you have not. How dare you tell us we don't know what we are talking about. You have no idea what you are talking about,” said Cameron.

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