Gun Debate Persists Six Months After Sandy Hook Shootings

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Gun Debate Persists Six Months After Sandy Hook Shootings

June 14, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Less than one month after legislation that would have beefed up gun laws failed in the Minnesota legislature, a handful of frustrated people publicly call for change.

"They decided not to bring them for a vote on the floor, that's very frustrating," said Joan Peterson with Protect Minnesota. "We'll be here. We're not going away. We continue to meet, we continue to organize. We'll be back in the fall. This issue is not going away."

The issue comes to light six months after 26 people were killed by gunfire in Newtown, Connecticut. Supporters of stricter laws call for universal background checks for gun purchases and a ban on military-style assault weapons.

"How many mass shootings do we have to have in this country?" said Peterson. "32 Americans a day die from gun homicides alone."

Gun proponents argue that the rulebook on gun regulations is already strict and an emphasis on firearms education and mental health awareness would go a long way in mass shooting prevention.

"If we would just take a hard look at the gun laws have now, and perhaps as a community, we should use a little more common sense in certain situations," said Pat Kukell of Superior Shooters Supply.

"If you'd look around and be a little more aware, maybe some of these things could have been stopped or at least helped," said Kukell. "There are people out there crying for help, but people aren't aware of it or choose not to be."

The victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings were remembered Friday morning in Newtown with 26 seconds of silence for each of the 26 victims.

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