Gun control debate spikes conversation, sales


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 7:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- The tragedy in Connecticut has sparked a debate over gun control laws. With both local congressman and Senator McConnell speaking out, the discussion is not only stirring conversation among those across Kentuckiana, bit it is causing sales of weapons to spike to an all time high.

While the nation continues to mourn the tragedy in Connecticut,  the debate is growing louder over who should be able to get their hands on weapons and which ones should be pulled from the shelves altogether.

"Coming after civilians who own handguns and rifles isn't gonna change anything or make anything better because we all know criminals don't adhere to those laws cause if they did these incidents would not happen," gun owner, Todd Collins said.

"I think stricter gun control is necessary. To what level, I'm not sure and something needs to be done," Jillian Rosen said.

Congressman John Yarmuth said Monday that he cannot be silent any longer. He called for banning certain  types of weapons.

"I strongly support the re-institution of the assault weapons ban. I intend to co-sponsor legislation to that affect," Yarmuth said.

The Open Range Gun Shop and shooting range in Oldham County is close to selling out of their semi-automatic rifles. The inventory is expected to be gone by the end of the week, but open range CEO Barry Laws disagrees with a ban on certain weapons and does not think it would solve the problem.

"I think there is a lot of anger among the firearms community because they feel like they are being blamed. And almost everyone I talk to acknowledges that it's a mental issue so we don't understand why they are making it a gun issue," Laws said.

On the Senate floor Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell made no mention of the politics of gun control, instead offered his support to those affected by the tragedy

"We can mourn with them. We can't do anything to lessen their anguish but we share a tiny part of the burden in our own hearts," McConnell said.