LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gun control is an ongoing debate that has long divided the U.S. and since the shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., it's been a hot issue on the political agenda.
President Obama laid out his proposal for stricter gun laws this month, and on Sunday gun advocates in Louisville rallied against those restrictions at the Heart on Fire Church on Bardstown Road.
“I think that the government needs to leave good honest citizens alone as far as their rights to own and bear weapons,” said Chairman of the Kentucky Tea Party Mark Littrell.
Richard Douthitt attended the Sunday rally and says having a concealed weapons permit saved his life twice. Douthitt was able to stop two separate robbers by flashing his gun.
“Nothing fired…nothing shot, but my life was saved,” said Douthitt.
President Obama petitioned congress earlier this month to pass laws for universal background checks and ban military style assault rifles. Letha Hooper sais responsible gun owners shouldn’t be punished.
“An assault rifle is only as bad as the person using that rifle,” said Hooper.
After the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre many people support the President’s decision.
The ease and access in which you are able to buy a gun that’s a problem,” said one man.
“They don’t really need to carry guns unless they are an officer,” added another man.
Dan Johnson, the Bishop of Hearts of Fire Church, said he believes any type of ban opens the door for more restrictions.
“I do believe if we give up any of our rights that all the guns will be taken.
Johnson said his church plans to holds a monthly rally until they are comfortable with the direction the gun control debate is headed.