|Published:||Dec 16, 2012 4:10 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 16, 2012 4:29 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - There are millions of guns registered in the US. As the country reels from another mass shooting, this one claiming the lives of young children, supporters and opponents of gun laws wonder how this event will affect current policy.
Both sides say they are equally devastated by the tragedy but each have their own ideas on how to prevent future shootings.
"We have to stop talking about gun control and start talking about gun safety," said local Democratic advocate, Will Prather.
Richard Nascak with "Florida Carry" says concealed weapons protect innocent citizens from violent criminals.
"Why do we have so many gun-free zones, a gun-free zone doesn't do anything but disarm people. It doesn't disarm criminals. I can't say for sure what would have happened in Connecticut had an armed citizen been there. I can't say, but I think it's pretty obvious what happened since there wasn't one," said Nascak.
Gun control advocates disagree and say the current screening system is to blame. "Just because you have the right to own a gun doesn't mean you should be able to own a gun without the proper amount of background checks, safety and training," said Prather.
President Obama's weekly address echoed a similar sentiment, saying as a nation, we have endured far too many tragedies in the last few years.
"Any of these neighborhoods could be our own. We have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics."
People on both sides agree there were troubling signs that were ignored.
"You hear the same thing, he was a loner, he didn't have any friends he acted odd, he was intelligent. We as a society need to identify those individuals and get them the help they need.
And while the President and other lawmakers have called for action on the issue of gun control only time will tell what, if any, specific changes will be made.