Congress moves closer to meaningful gun control legislation

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Meaningful gun control legislation hasn’t been passed in nearly a decade, but congress may be closer now than ever before.

San Bernardino, California, Aurora, Colorado, Newtown, Connecticut, each a tragedy. None changed federal gun laws.

Guns are arguably the most controversial topic of our time.

“There have been too many shootings,” said Edward Hanlon of Easthampton. “Too many kids killed, too many women killed, too many people killed and if they don’t have most strict gun control laws its just going to get worse.”

But not everyone feels that way.

“People kill people. Its not the guns that kill people,” remark Ilona Murray of Easthampton. “Anybody that has a mental disability should not be able to even have a gun.”

Tragedy after tragedy, no big changes to federal gun laws. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy represented Newtown in congress. After a 15 hour standoff Thursday with Republicans an agreement was reach to vote on if people on a terror watch list should be able to buy a gun, and if background checks should be expanded to gun shows and online sales.

“They were designed to kill as many people as possible and that is why you see this epic rate of slaughter when they are used inside schools, inside nightclubs, inside churches,” said Sen. Murray.

Around the country, amid vigils to remember the victims, including one in Northampton. A call for action.

“One person can kill so many people. It’s a real tragedy,” said Northampton resident Alex Vykhovsky.

Meanwhile, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is vowing to protect the second ammendment, and insisting armed Orlando victims could have saved lives.

“You would’ve had a situation folks which would’ve been always horrible but nothing like the carnage that we all as a people suffered this weekend…nothing,” said Trump.

The last time federal gun control laws were updated was in 2007 after the Virginia Tech massacre.

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