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Should lawmakers pull the reigns on gun ownership?

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 15 2012 07:00:00 PM HST

The Newtown tragedy has renewed a call for lawmakers to pull the reigns on gun ownership.

HONOLULU -

The Newtown incident is one of 16 mass shootings in the U.S. this year. The tragedy has renewed a call for lawmakers to reign in gun ownership.
Many are wondering now if these shootings will have an impact on the nation's gun laws.

The tragedy of 26 killed in Newtown, Connecticut has brought to the forefront the discussion of gun control.

Some who support gun ownership say more restrictions and laws shouldn't be considered.

"I think it would be wrong to as a knee-jerk reaction to try and implement gun control laws at this point. The reality is, (the) U.S. and Hawaii have gun control laws that number in the thousands if not tens of thousands," said Bill Richter with the Hawaii Rifle Association.  

The guns used in the massacre belonged to the shooter's mother.

"He stole them. He wasn't even old enough to possess one, so it's difficult for me to fathom how yet one more law would have been able to prevent this tragedy," said Richter.  

But others said that more laws will help prevent horrific tragedies like this from happening again.

"It shouldn't just be, 'Do you have a criminal record and are you mentally ill?' but maybe, Do the people who live in your household have mental illness?"" said George Atta, who believes in having more gun laws.

And some say just strict laws on guns won't be enough.

"Just this year, we've had, I believe, three incidents including the one in Aurora, Colorado and this one, which is the second worst in us history, so I think by now, gun control laws, stricter gun control laws, if not outright banning guns is very important," said Lena Moore.

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