The gun control debate is reinvigorated among everyone after the national and local shooting tragedies last Friday: 26 people, including children, were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, and a Memphis police officer is killed while doing her job.
"We need to deal with this now. America's waited way too long and lost too many people let along the 20 children and the six teachers," says Congressman Steve Cohen.
Cohen, who says he does own a gun, says everyone's rights come with some reasonable restrictions: He says we have the right to free speech but also the restrictions to privacy. He says the second amendment right to bear arms should be no different.
"In this case I don't think there's a need or the constitution envisioned people having assault weapons. I think the assault weapons ban needs to be reimposed," says Cohen.
Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery is calling for the gun show at the Agricenter to be postponed in light of the recent shootings, saying, "The gun sale promoter at the Agricenter is interested in one thing: Making money. He doesn't care who those guns kill and those guns will kill: Someone or an animal."
Lowery and Cohen agree when it comes to the National Rifle Association's response to the Newtown Elementary School shooting. The NRA suggests police officers be placed in every school or arm teachers. Both local politicians say this suggestion is irresponsible.
Cohen says, "That is an irrational response to a sad situation and that just sells more guns and more bullets. That's what they're about."
"The NRA wants to promote gun sales by having police officers in every school," says Lowery, "An armed person to protect children. Well this benefits them."
Congressman Cohen also says that gun control laws need to restrict access to guns for those who have mental health concerns.
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