Gun Control Brought Back Into the Spotlight

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's in our constitution. The second amendment of the United States says,"The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Now after Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control and safety is back in the spotlight.

Many are once again calling for tighter restrictions when it comes to carrying firearms while others are fighting back against that mindset.

NewsWest 9 spoke to people in the community and got their thoughts on gun control in the Lone Star State.

"It's not the guns that are doing the shootings and killings, guns don't shoot by themselves," Tommy Atchison, Owner of Tommy's Atchison Guns, said.

Tommy Atchison has been in the business of selling guns for over 30 years and says after Sunday's address to the nation by President Obama, he feels gun control wouldn't do much to prevent a tragedy similar to the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.

"People can use a car, they can use dynamite, I mean chemicals, all kinds of stuff. If a person has their mind set to do something, they are going to do it," Atchison said.

Ladd Turner, who was in law enforcement for over 30 years, says no matter what is implemented, nothing is going to be 100 percent proof.

"It's never going to be fool proof at all, but the myth of gun control, it's too late for all that. Bad guys will always have the guns, they are going to get them," Turner said.

Atchison says the more President Obama talks about gun control, the more people will go out and buy them as they have been doing for the past several months.

"Gun sales have been skyrocketed. My AK's, I've sold every one that I had. I had quite few of them AK's, I've sold all of those. The AR's, we are selling them quickly and have been for three months," Atchison said.

Not everybody agrees with Atchison, Joann Hernandez says even though it's in our Constitution to bear arms, it should only be for those in law enforcement or the military and says people should be more inclined towards the president's view point on gun control.

"A lot of people have hunting rifles and they have them locked which is good, but I don't like them, I really don't like them.  No kind of weapon, so I pray and hope so everyone can listen to the President. I know they don't agree with him," Hernandez said.

NewsWest 9 contacted Governor Rick Perry's office to ask about his stance on gun control, our calls weren't returned.