Sandy Hook Elementary shooting ignites gun control debate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The shooting inside of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has sparked a debate about gun control in the United States. Many want to see tougher gun laws, while others want to protect Second Amendment rights.

Police Chief Darryl Forte and Alvin Brooks, with Kansas City's Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, held a news conference Saturday afternoon to talk about the Connecticut shooting. The massacre left 28 people dead; the shooter and 20 children were among the victims. 

Both Forte and Brooks agree that tougher gun laws are needed across the nation.

"It's easier to deal with the gun issue than it is to deal with those who are mentally deranged, because those who are mentally deranged, there's a fine line for all of us between sanity and insanity," Brooks said.

A position not shared by members of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, a group committed to protecting Second Amendment rights. 

Kevin Jamison is a member of the group. He said the focus should be on helping the mentally ill, not taking rights away from law-abiding citizens.

"Find the guys who are crazy," Jamison said. "Guys who do have these mental {issues}. People noticed him, and all of these other fellows who had mass murders."

After praying for the attendees, Chief Forte also talked about  the gun control issue in Kansas City. He says he's not against people collecting guns, but accessibility needs to be more difficult and gun owners need to be more responsible.

"A lot of guns are obtained through the secondary market, when they go to some of the gun shows and out of the trucks of cars," Forte said.  "A lot of those guns are stolen weapons. When we have guns in our houses we need to make sure that they're secure so when they break in our houses, they don't get the guns."

Brooks plans to hold vigils in the coming week to honor the young victims and the teachers.

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