Gun Control Debate Heats Up

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Doug Carl has been the owner of Total Firearms in Mason for 29 years. Like most, he was devastated when he hear 26 people were shot and killed in a Connecticut elementary school, including 20 students.

"It's just horror, everyone's heartbroken," said Carl. "It's just a sick individual that tore the guts out of this country."

While many people are calling for more gun control, Carl says legislation banning the ability to carry a concealed weapon wouldn't do anything to help.

"It makes absolutely zero sense," said Carl. "If someone would have been there with a firearm, there may have been far fewer bodies coming out of that school."

Robert Bianchi, a Cooley Law School student, agrees with Carl. In fact, he thinks it has less to do with guns and more to do with mental health.

"In the end, I think it just comes down to intent," said Bianchi. "Whether it's a gun, a knife, a bomb, they're going to find the means to do whatever they need to carry it out."

Carl also blames shootings like this on the constant media attention they get.

"They get their name in the news," said Carl. "That's how they want to go out, in a blaze of glory. They go crazy, they don't care."

No matter what the reason behind these incidents, Bianchi says he's curious to see where the debate on gun control goes from here.

"There's good points on both sides of the issue and hopefully, we'll meet somewhere in the middle."

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