|Published:||Jan 11, 2011 12:33 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 10, 2011 7:11 PM EST|
It happens after every mass shooting: a renewed debate on whether the states ought to tighten up the laws on owning a gun. Some argue, that is the wrong response after the Tuscon tragedy; others say: it's time to think of some new controls to prevent future killings.
"We have to tighten up, we have to find ways to look at the gun applicants and also to lengthen the process to get a gun," said Aaron Watters of Ft. Myers.
"Wrong approach. We must not penalize the legal gun owners; we must penalize the illegal owners, the criminals, who will never register a gun," said Josh Hackman of Fowler Firearms in Ft. Myers.
On Saturday, a 22-yr. old described as mentally unstable, shot a number of people, killing 6 and wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
"I knew right away that people would try to make something of this, they'd jump on the bandwagon of gun control. It is an isolated incident," said Hackman.
But Laura Greenhoe of Ft. Myers disagrees. "Things should be put in place to check out the applicants and if necessary, take more time to get it right," said Greenhoe.