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Gun Control Debate Heats up in Kent County

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DOVER, Del.- The school shooting that left 26 dead in Connecticut has many people across the nation calling for stiffer gun control.

One gun rights advocate in Kent County said legislation will not keep the wrong people from getting their hands on firearms.

Others say something needs to be done, especially with assault-type weapons.

"Taking away people's rights is not the way to go about fixing things," said Beth Parsons, owner of Shooter's Choice Gun Range in Dover.

Parsons said lawmakers pass legislation to ban certain guns, it would be against the Constitution.

"It's our constitutional right to bear arms and it doesn't matter what it is. It's our right," Parsons said. "When they take one right away the next thing you know, they're taking something else away."

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California wants to introduce legislation to ban high-powered rifles - rifles similar to the weapon used in the Connecticut shooting.

"It's really not necessary to have a high-powered rifle, unless you're in a war and we're not in a war. We don't need it," said Myrtle Burris of Felton.

Gun rights advocates said it is not guns that kill people: it is people that kill people. They said tighter gun legislation might not make a difference if guns get into the hands of the wrong people.

"You can go to a gun show and buy a gun without being registered and don't have to wait a week of getting a government clearance. You can advertise in a paper and get a gun without waiting," said Charles Anderson of Dover.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said he supports closing the gun show loophole.

"Felons, the severely mentally ill and other prohibited persons who want to avoid background checks and records of their purchases are able to buy firearms at gun shows," Carper said. "This gun show loophole allows people to purchase firearms without going through background checks."

Democratic Delaware Congressman John Carney said he will support efforts to pass legislation to get extended magazine clip and military assault weapons off the streets.

"To help protect our citizens, our children, and our law enforcement officials, we need to take serious action in Congress," Carney said.

Others in Kent County said tougher legislation will not stop people from committing mass shootings.

"I think everyone wants someone to be held responsible so that it doesn't happen again, but I don't think tighter gun laws would prevent something like that from happening," said Nicole Gaillard of Dover.

Still, there are those who say lawmakers need to do a better job to prevent another tragedy like the one in Newtown.

"There are [26] children and adults in Connecticut that should not have died like that. There's no way that anyone could get a hold of a gun like that and kill people. Obama needs to do a lot more," said Arnetta Shockley of Dover.

Shockley said lawmakers need to find ways to make the country a safer place.

Kristy Winborne of Chestertown, Md., said the Connecticut shooting has made her worry about her daughter Kolby Lynn's safety in pre-kindergarten.

"You worry about sending your babies out in the world, but you just have to have faith and hope that they're safe," she said.

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