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School shooting sparks renewed debate over gun control

Published On: Dec 17 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 19 2012 05:11:35 AM CST

Advocates for more gun control legislation say they hope the tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut may be the straw that breaks the camel's back in pushing for change.

Advocates for more gun control legislation say they hope the tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut may be the straw that breaks the camel's back in pushing for change.

Gun control has been a politically argued issue for years-- never more so than this year with several high profile mass shootings:

From the mall shooting last week in Clackamas, Oregon, to the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado this summer. There was the mass shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and most recently, on Friday, 26 people dead, 20 of them children during a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Karen Feridun of the Kutztown Area Democratic Club and Jim Billman of the Berks County Patriots agree that something needs to be done.

"We need to have a real conversation for once and figure out what concessions we're all willing to make to find some happy medium," said Feridun.

"There's no words to describe how evil that was," said Billman.

Billman says the second amendment is a right that should not be taken away. He believes if the government places a ban on guns, somehow people will still find a way to get them.

"I don't know what the answer would be how to help people from access to them," said Billman.

Feridun stated that talks of reinstating President Bill Clinton's ban on assault weapons may help the problem.

"I don't understand what we can possible need to have these guns in society for," said Feridun.

Feridun also stated that more needs to be done to close the trading of guns at gun shows without proper background checks.

U.S. Pa. Congressman Charles Dent told 69 News that he will be looking at ways to solve this problem. He also stated that addressing this problem needs to be done intelligently, logically, and systematically. In the weeks and months to come, Dent said that Congress will focus its attention on this pressing problem.

The National Rifle Association released a statement stating they are, "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by the mass shooting in Connecticut. They will hold a major news conference on Friday.