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Gun control debate heats up after Friday's shooting

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By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

The debate over gun control is in the forefront again following Friday's school massacre in Connecticut.

On Sunday, it took the morning airwaves where California Senator Dianne Fienestein (D-CA) promised immediate action.

"A bill to ban assault weapons. It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively," Fienstein said.

This comes just two days after 26 people were gunned down at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Officials have said most of those killed were shot with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle. The weapons were legally owned by the gunman's mother, who was also killed.

But here in Nebraska, a different opinion. Many say more laws won't make a difference.

"The wrong people will still get the guns. It's got to come from some place else, family or parents," Bob Giffin of Kearney said.

The massacre of 20 children in Newtown has impacted everyone, even gun owners. At buyback programs in California and Maryland this weekend, hundreds of guns were being surrendered voluntarily. Many saying they felt inspired to do so after Friday's tragic events.

"It really brought to light that I didn't need them in my house," Cindy Parker of D.C. said.

"It hit me pretty hard. "that why you brought the guns?" "Yes absolutely why I brought them. I never thought about getting rid of them before," Ose Najera of San Francisco said.

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