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Do You Support Gun Control?

The president has proposed comprehensive legislation to curb gun violence. Read what your neighbors think about gun control and join the conversation on Patch.

President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious, $500 million proposal to curb access to guns and improve mental health services Wednesday, putting the hot-button issue of gun control at the top of the public agenda a month after the horrific mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Huffington Post reports that the plan calls for:

"requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; eliminating armor-piercing bullets; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies. The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds."

In metro Atlanta, as in other parts of the country, many gun owners have worried about changes that could make it harder to buy guns. Business has been booming at the Sandy Springs Gun Club & Range. "Everyone is buying everything," the manager reports. "We are running out of ammunition and guns; people are coming into shoot, it has been non-stop."

On the day that Obama's proposals were announced, a customer at Tucker Guns said assault rifles should not be banned because high-capacity handguns can be just as deadly.

Henry Louis Adams, who has written blog posts about the dangers of celebratory gunfire, told Patch: "I think that every responsible law abiding American should be able to own a gun.

"However, I also believe that there needs to be a strong system in place to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of the mentally unstable or criminals. Tougher punishment should be issued to those that handle their firearms irresponsibly in which causes harm to themselves, their families and others."

In the General Assembly, a state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow school principals to carry firearms, but some Buckhead parents don't like the idea.

Cynthia Briscoe Brown, co-president of the NAPPS and mother of a current North Atlanta High junior and a NAHS alumna, said, "I think it's a bad idea. Firearms and children in close proximity is never a good idea."

In Stone Mountain, William Dawson, whose son was shot in the arm during a robbery at their family restaurant, had his own perspective. "Education is the best thing" on guns and the responsibilities of gun ownership, he said, "as well as harsher consequences for those who commit crimes using firearms."

Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, reflected on the issue as her father's birthday -- a national holiday -- approaches. She lost her father to an assasin's bullet, and says she is "embarrassed" that in America young children can be shot and killed at a school. While King doesn't take a specific position on gun control, she says the nation needs to change its psyche toward guns and violence, and stop their glorification in our culture.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Public Schools officials are considering moving toward 100 percent APS law enforcement services, which would replace a mix of part-time and full-time Atlanta police officers currently working in the schools. That discussion was already under way before the Newtown school shooting.

Patch wants to know how you feel about gun control legislation? Should assault weapons be banned? Or large capcity magazines? Do you support stricter background checks? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Kate January 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Yes to all of the above questions.!!!
Kate January 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM
YES!!!!!!
robert grover January 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM
i think we should start by not making a horrific act like newtown the best way to be immortalized in the media. if this monster hadnt been sensationalized {granted, in a negative way} in the media and been made famous by his acts the next mentally unstable and violent evil doer might not dream of being the next adam lanza. lets face facts, if the tool isnt a gun it would be a bomb, a vehicle in a crosswalk that runs down a group of preschoolers, a sword, a gas can and a road flare. take your pick. EVIL PEOPLE bent on doing EVIL will carry it out no matter the means. if the next madman meets an armed guard, armed teacher, armed CITIZEN and catches a bullet in the head it ends before any innocent blood is shed. stop hating people who were every single bit as broken hearted about this as you all were. protect what thousands of people fought for, the "outdated document" that is the basis this country was founded on! if you choose not to carry a gun,it is your right NOT to. i dont fault you in the least. however, understand that you have no right to tell other people who want just as badly to never hear about another atrocity that they arent entitled to protect the people that they hold dear from the evil people this world harbors. make violent crime a HUGE offense! punish the criminal and DO NOT attack those who you would pray were in the room if your child was facing an an armed attacker with nothing to lose. STOP making these crimes a great way to become famous.
Cory January 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Robert. In other words status quo is ok. Let us not hear about it and then it won't happen? That plan makes as much sense as fighting to keep the right to own a thing which has a crime in the name of the thing. I wish some one could answer my question. What is an assault rifle for? What is their purpose? The only answer I receive is that they are fun. Hardly reason enough for me. Please help me understand.
BigMike62 January 22, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Cory, your low IQ is showing.. First, there is no such thing as an Assault Rifle. Second, a reason doesn't have to be given as it is a RIGHT to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. But if you need an answer, a gun, any gun is first and foremost to protect the liberty of individuals. If that is too far over your head, consult an American History book.
Kenneth Geeslin January 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Exactly!
Cory January 22, 2013 at 09:18 PM
BigMike62, so when they say repeatedly that they are pushing to enact a ban on assault rifles and large magazines clips, it is just low IQ? Explain to me how the entire US media machine is in the dark Mr. BigMike62. A conspiracy I'm sure. Right?
Cory January 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Also. No one is questioning the RIGHT to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. My question is simply why you need an Assault Rifle? You can draw your line at assault rifles, whereas someone else may want to keep and bear bombs. What if I want to protect my property with a bazooka or napalm. I fire assault rifles regularly, however I don't understand why they are REALLY necessary. Logic should prevail, not defensive posturing.
Rick Paul January 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Well I'll try to help. We do not sell assault weapons but look likes. Some are used for hunting as well. Since I no longer hunt mine is for range fun and no it is not my first choice or thought for home safety. As for the fun issue, I find it fun to get in my car and drive to work rather than call a taxi or walk a long distance so fun has its place to for some. Over the counter purchase does have a background check. Fast and Furious was by our government not citizens and they speak nothing on that. Safety begins with understanding just like with a car.
Rick Paul January 29, 2013 at 03:13 PM
But the point you miss in the RIGHT is the limits they want lack common sense and typically just increases the push for more and more. Criminals do not buy guns at the store, but does seem like Mr. Holder can help them with that.

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