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Locals react to gun control debate

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"I don't know the answer to fixing it. Something has to be done" says Nicholas Dibble. 

Shoppers at Midwest Gun Exchange say they too are mourning last Friday's massacre in Connecticut, but they say tighter gun restrictions won't prevent such tragedies from happening again.

"It's not the guns that created the problem, what creates the problem is the atmosphere that we live in now," says shopper Jerry Long.

"In reality with 200-300 million firearms in this country...it will never all go away. We can ban the future sale of every firearm, but the firearms are out there. They're already in private hands, they're already in the hands of criminals," says General Manager, Brad Rupert.

He says his store has been packed because customers are scared they will lose their rights. "Anytime they start saying anything about a ban it causes hysteria. We've been busy all week."

Rupert says they're struggling to keep guns on the shelves and now that President Obama is pushing for policy changes, gun owners say they're worried.

"They're going after the wrong people. They're after people who are legal, who are law abiding, who follow the rules, who hopefully are getting trained and know how to use these things," says Kirk Miller, gun owner.

They say restrictions on military style assault weapons and magazine sizes won't stop violence.

"People are going to fight, they're going to hurt each other anyway," says Miller.

These folks say the only people that would be hurt by new policies would be law abiding citizens. 

"For the hundreds of millions of citizens that hold firearms, this is calling them criminals," says Rupert.

President Obama also mentioned a push for background checks which these shoppers had no problem with.

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