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Von Maur shooting survivor reacts to gun proposals

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By: Bill Schammert

For Fred Wilson, it was a casual December day at Westroads mall, one that was soon to be interrupted by gun fire.  The tragic 2007 Von Maur shootings left nine people dead and Wilson fighting for his life with a gun shot wound to the chest. 

He survived, but it's left him with a unique perspective on gun control.

"We should never have to view a special report that tells us that innocent individuals in our country have been brought down by gun fire," Wilson said.

Five years and countless special reports later, he's happy serious changes are finally being proposed.

"Someone needed to take the first step, and I hope follow-up steps will be taken to bring about this legislation in our country."

But that's the key question, will Congress pass these costly and controversial changes?

We took to the streets of Lincoln to find out what people had to say.

"As long as he's willing to make some compromises," Matt Dougherty said. "I think part of it is definitely very useful and much needed, but the other parts are a little extreme."

Kelly Espineli doesn't think it's a matter of party affiliation.

"Regardless of weather you're republican or democrat, I think it's something that needs to be done," she said. "It's sad we've had all these tragedies leading up to Sandy Hook and now something is finally being done."

Others think the proposals are too far reaching.  Bruce Binder told us he doesn't believe in the president's request to give states more federal aid to put more resource officers in schools.

"We don't need more people getting jobs in the government to guard schools," he said. "It'll raise taxes and we'll go more in debt."


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