PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — This is a scene that has played out many times before. This time, at an elementary school in Texas, an 18-year-old gunman murdered 19 children and two teachers. Many hope the tragedy will trigger action and convince lawmakers in Arizona and across the country to do something to prevent future tragedies.
Jacob Martinez is pretty sure nothing will change, just like nothing has changed after countless other mass shootings. The former Arizona State University gun control activist said there are simple things that can be done to better protect the public. “It’s not about trying to take anybody’s guns,” Martinez said. “It’s trying to ensure that we have common sense gun laws that will prevent someone from carrying out a mass shooting, where they have high capacity magazines, or reserve stocks, or guns that can convert firearms into weapons of war.”
President Joe Biden addressed the nation after the mass shooting, where he pleaded with Republican lawmakers to step in and help pass gun control measures.
Among the gun control proposals:
- Extensive background checks
- Red flag laws to allow authorities to restrict possession of firearms to someone deemed a threat to public safety
- Ban assault weapons like AR-15s
Bailey Murphy is the manager of AZ Ammo in Phoenix. He’s as heartbroken as anyone about Tuesday’s mass shooting, but doesn’t think better gun control is the answer. “A lot of people need to step back and look at what we can do to help, as opposed to it helping one side over the other when it comes to politics,” Murphy said. “Instead of gun control, something as simple as adding more safety to schools.”
Steve Hooper is a former FBI agent who owns a cybersecurity company called TriggerWire. Hooper also doesn’t think gun control is the answer. He said local law enforcement needed more tools to investigate potential threats in the community before they start killing people. “Remember 9/11, it was never, never again,” Hooper said. “The idea was not to let it go, so why don’t we take the same approach to this?”
“If schools are reporting that they have a child with a problem, why aren’t we giving the police the tools to take action to help prevent this from even happening in the first place,” he said. added.
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