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Gun control debate rekindled

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

In a week when violence once again put Chicago in the national spotlight with 13 people shot at a Southside Park, and just days after the Navy Yard massacre, the debate over gun control is yet again ramping up.

The head of the National Rifle Association, on Meet the Press this morning, called for more security and more guns in the hands of military personnel on bases. "There weren't enough good guys with guns. When the good guys got there, it stopped. I mean what really happened here is the mental health situation in the country is in a complete breakdown," said Wayne Lapierre.

DC gunman Aaron Alexis told doctors he had been hearing voices and that he had been seeking mental health treatment at the VA Hospital.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy suggests the shootings point out a glaring problem with gun control laws... that politicians don't seem to have the will to address. "The United States Senate had an opportunity to pass universal background checks, which are designed to prevent criminals, terrorists and mentally ill persons from obtaining firearms. And yet just this week in Washington DC we had a mentally ill criminal commit a terrorist act with a weapon that was recently purchased, legally," said McCarthy.

In the battle against gang violence, which police said was behind Thursday night's shooting, Governor Pat Quinn floated the idea of the State Police helping patrol the streets of Chicago. "Our State Police do work with communities in the East St. Louis area patrolling and that's at the invitation of the local authorities, You have to have team work. I'm always open for any mayor or anyone to talk to us about working in that area," said Quinn.

Tackling the problem of guns, the Police Superintendent said that this is more than just a police issue. Already 5000 guns have been taken off Chicago's streets this year. "There's an issue with parenting, there's an issue with prevention, there's an issue with programs to get kids off the street, there's an issue with education, there's an issue with poverty," said McCarthy.

Also, some argue that a return to "traditional values" would stem the violence. A Chicago funeral director -- who has conducted over 100 funerals this year for victims of gang violence -- is pushing for bibles in the classroom.

"The only way we can instill values into these children is get them when they are a contained audience, in first, second, third, fourth grades and instill those values in them, and I say the only way to do that is with a bible as a part of the curriculum, as a part of Chicago Public Schools," said Spencer Leak.

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