Veterans views on gun control

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Another mass shooting took place at a school this past Friday night. After the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut, members of Congress and even the President spoke strongly about creating stricter gun laws, but no new laws have passed.

22News reveals what some of our veterans think about our current gun control laws.

Like many Americans, veterans we spoke with have differing views on what if anything needs to be done.

“I think gun control should be a lot stricter, there’s too many people being killed by guns floating around the city,” said Springfield’s Thomas O’Connor.

“I’m a great believer in the 2nd amendment. Of course it’s been proven in past wars, mostly our young men when they went off to war, they were proficient in firearms so it gave us an edge,” said Dan Kneeland, East Longmeadow’s Veterans Grave Officer.

Once you get into the military you’re properly trained to use a weapon, one issue they see is that guns sometimes get into the wrong hands.

“I think it (Gun Control Laws) should stay like it is, they should have rules for people who shouldn’t have firearms that’s for sure,” said Kneeland.

The gun control conversation has been renewed after a mass shooting around the UC Santa Barbara campus. On Friday, Elliot Rodger is accused of going on a killing spree, stabbing three men to death, and shooting and killing three more before allegedly his own life. Rodger passed the firearms background check in California. Police found more than 400 rounds of unused ammunition and three handguns in his car.  All had been legally purchased.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said it’s unclear if the failed legislation after the Sandy Hook massacre would have prevented this shooting, but he did say at least better mental health resources would have been available.

California already has some of the strongest gun control laws in the country, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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