Gun Control: What Are People on the Beaches Saying?

Should there be more controls on gun ownership? We asked Florida Gulf beach residents. Feel free to leave your comments below.

As debate intensifies over tightening gun control legislation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, we asked local residents to share their thoughts:

Here’s what readers on the Pinellas Beaches Facebook fan page had to say:

This is a "feel good" legislation. These are not assault weapons. Assault weapons have a selector switch and are auto loading. These are semi automatic firearms. The Second Amendment is not about hunting or sport shooting. The Second Amendment is about being able to have a firearm in the face of a Hurricane Katrina, LA Riots, phone and power outages. If this legislation passes, this is giving away a large part of your personal rights that you will not be able to get back. This was the very first part of the Nazi Gun Laws of 1933. Gun Control, it didn't work too well for the Jews did it? Everywhere and every time you have Gun Control, crime goes up not down. Look at New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angels. Criminals love a weakened or unarmed population. Benjamin Franklin said "Those that sacrifice a little of their personal rights for a little personal safety...deserve none".
Richard Franklin

Just to make it clear to those who think that banning large-capacity weapons will stop mass killings, it is easy to carry a large number of 10-round magazines in any jacket or coat. Only 8 of these is 80 rounds. I submit that you are all being disingenuous, and that if the next killing happened that way, you will finally admit to wanting to ban all guns except in the hands of the government. Google "Death by Government" for more information on how that works out for people.
Mitch McConnell

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

bob henderson December 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Ban the heavy stuff, who needs a sub machine gun to go hunting or protect yourself, should only be available by special permit under certain circumstances, spend more time recognizing and then helping the mentally ill people who need help.
Dave Flood December 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Full Auto weapons ( The heavy Stuff ) are banned and only available legally to people with special permits required by Federal Gov't. Very few people have that permit and most people that have full auto weapons are criminals that aquired them illegally. Sad to say, but that won't stop. I think we should look at some of the drugs that are prescibed to a lot of young people that change their mindset on how they look at life. UnfortunatelySometimes not good. God Bless to all and hug your loved ones and keep them safe however you can.


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