Tougher Gun Laws Getting Less Support


By Rochelle Dean


More than a month ago President Barack Obama plead with the congress to put tougher gun laws in effect following the Newtown, Connecticut and Colorado Movie theater mass shootings.

With Congress on a two week break for the Easter holiday and no compromise between parties some are beginning to wonder if change will ever come. In fact, A new CNN Poll shows the percentage of Americans waiting on change is still high but the pitch from lawmakers is starting to lose it's luster.

While some Columbia residents are proud gun owners and feel the Constitutional right to bear arms should remain as is, others feelchange is needed. The delay however, is leading some we spoke with to believe putting a new laws in effect will be harder then any proposals Congress could present.

" That's hot air, they are talking about it now because of all of the things that have happened, but they should have talked about this a long time ago."

State lawmakers have been trying to tackle the issue here at home. State Senator Katrina Shealy is pushing for a bill that would allow school officials to lawfully carry and use firearms in state schools as a way to protect South Carolina children. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has proposed a bill that would aim to keep guns out of the hands of anyone declared mentally ill.

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