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Gun control debate fires up again after recent shootings

Gun control debate fires up again after recent shootings

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(KYTX) - Gun sales are spiking once again after the gun control debate is laid back on the table. The discussion has fired back up after multiple recent mass shootings across the country.  

Seattle, Portland, Santa Barbara, and Vegas are all places where innocent people were killed in mass shootings in the last couple months.  

"Our levels of gun violence are off the charts, there's no advanced developed country on earth that would put up with this," President Obama said Tuesday.

In response, President Obama believes the violence will continue if the public and congress do not back gun control. 

"My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to, uh, to keep guns out of the hands of you know, people who, you know, can do just unbelievable damage," Obama says.

His first goal is to again, try to require stricter and universal background checks something that some East Texas gun owners disagree with.  

"The problem lies within the people that commit the crimes. It's not the guns. It's the people!," says Tyler gun owner Brian Patton. 

One example of what Obama is trying to change: most states do not require background checks for guns bought at gun shows from private individuals.
 Federal law only requires licensed dealers to conduct background checks.

Patton does not believe even stricter background checks will be able to confirm that someone is mentally ill.  

Every time you go to a licensed firearms dealer to buy a gun, you have to fill out a form, which comes straight from the ATF, a federal organization. Letter F on the form asks, "Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective OR Have you ever been committed to a mental institution?" 

Patton says the problem is, people could lie and check no.  

"You can check a person's name all day long and he can pass all day long, but that doesn't represent what's going on in his head," he says.

The one thing everyone agrees on is the violence has to stop. The question is: can everyone work together to come up with an answer soon enough to stop the next attack?

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