Gun Control Debate Heats Up
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The increase in mass shootings has renewed calls for stricter gun legislation. In Washington, Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Mark Warner both called for outright bans on assault rifles.
The onslaught of massacres in recent years hasn't led to more federal gun restrictions, but for some the tragedy in Connecticut could be the tipping point.
"[Gun control] has been ping ponged back and forth for so long every state has a view on gun ownership, but as a country we need to start looking at these issues," said Palm Desert resident Erlyn Garrison.
The shooter at Sandy Hook--- Adam Lanza-- used an AR-15, an assault rifle also used in the Aurora Colorado massacre. In both cases, the guns were legally purchased.
The ban on assault rifles expired in 2004--that could change with new legislation on the table in the new year.
But former police officer and gun store owner, John Holcomb, says the focus shouldn't be on more gun laws.
"I really think it has more to do with our culture than it has to do with gun control," said Holcomb.
Lawmakers calling for gun control will face off against gun rights advocates---one of the strongest lobbying teams in Washington.
-Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.