Friday's shooting tragedy at a Connecticut school has again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront.
Twenty elementary school children were among the 27 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary. Adam Lanza, who killed his mother first, was identified as the shooter. He killed himself as a finale to the massacre.
Immediately the debate turned to gun control with advocates saying stricter gun controls are obviously needed. This is the fifth time this president has had to visit the families of mass shooting victims. White House press secretary Jay Carney, however, said Friday "was not the day" to discuss gun control. But the president made it clear that this does bring the topic back up. He was criticized during the elections by gun control advocates for allowing politics to temper his voice on this issue. Gun owners and strong Second Amendment supporters expect that to change now that there is no longer an election on the line.
Assemb. Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, a strong advocate for stricter gun control legislation said elected officials must put public safety before the interests of the strongest gun lobbyists.
Those who support gun ownership, however, say disarming those who legally seek gun ownership only leaves the criminals armed since they don't follow the law anyway. They suggest it is a cry for more gun ownership, not less, just stricter enforcement against those who possess guns illegally.
What was your gut reaction to the tragedy? Stricter gun control or time to go out and buy a gun of your own?