Will more security curve violent crimes?

Firearms are used in two thirds of all murders

(WWLP) – A shooting at a Maryland mall on Saturday morning is re-igniting the gun control debate. The Maryland mall re-opened under tight security after two people were killed inside a skate shop this weekend.

Three people are dead after a teenager shot two people with a shotgun, before killing himself, inside a busy Maryland mall on Saturday morning.

“I think that we need tighter controls on guns, especially assault riffles and high powered automatic weapons,” said Kathy McKeown of Haydenville.

In the last month, we’ve seen several school shootings. The most recent school shooting was last Friday. A 20-year-old football player was killed outside a South Carolina State dorm. Also, on January 13th, a 43-year-old man was shot dead inside a movie theater in Florida. The National Institute of Justice says nearly half a million people were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011.

Tom Caine of Northampton told 22News, “Metal detectors in some places would be good and everything.  It’s been shown that armed guards in schools are not solving the problem as far as school violence.

Northampton’s Tom Caine says efforts should be focused on the government limiting access to guns. Abd Lomax agrees and says it’s hard to strike a balance between basic liberties and security.

Abd Lomax of Northampton told 22News, “We tend to think; oh it’s horrible we have to do something.  So let’s have massive security, let’s inspect everybody, let’s create this whole structure so nothing can happen. But things still happen.”

The FBI says firearms are used in nearly two thirds of all murders.