By: Kayla Bremer
Hundreds of people rallied outside the State Capitol today in support of the Second Amendment.
Earlier this week, President Obama got the ball rolling for new and stricter gun control laws, but gun advocates and many others say they want the current laws to remain as they are.
People from all areas of the state showed their support for the Second Amendment by holding up signs at the Anti–Gun Control Rally in downtown Lincoln.
"The Second Amendment is about freedom," Scott Gunn of La Vista said. "It's not about hunting rights, it's not about self defense rights, it's about our freedom. It's to ensure that we keep our freedom."
The shooting in Connecticut marked a turning point in the gun control conversation with many calling for change.
But Saturday afternoon, members from several gun advocate groups rallied in opposition to any potential gun bans passed by the government. They slammed Obama and Washington...many of them declaring that guns aren't the problem but rather the people behind them.
"I do not think that guns are the problem," Kyle Brichacek of Fremont said. "Firearms held by law-abiding citizens are here to protect us, not harm us."
The President's proposals include universal background checks, a ban on high capacity magazine clips and military style assault weapons.
Obama says within the last month, 900 people have died from guns and he wants to see it stop.
"If there's even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, we've got an obligation to try," President Obama said.
State Senator Bill Kintner stood with the anti–gun control supporters. He says his goal is to make sure that everyone has the right to defend themselves under the Second Amendment.
"These are good people that they don't cause trouble," Kintner said. "They work their jobs, they're responsible gun owners, they don't commit crimes...to disarm these people here, that's absolutely ridiculous."
Congress is expected to begin considering the new gun legislation within the next couple of weeks.