Debate over gun control rages on

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Updated: 5/26/2013 11:56 pm
EAST RIDGE, Tennessee(WDEF) - A proposed gun control bill may have recently failed in the Senate but the debate over gun laws continues on.

WDEF talked to gun enthusiast who took part in the Chattanooga Camp Jordan Gun Show. Despite a proposed new gun law failing in the Senate, many gun owners still feel sensitive about the future of their second amendment rights to bare arms.

"I feel it's unconstitutional. They're infringing upon my second amendment rights. If we lose our second amendment rights then we've lost all of our rights," said gun owner J.W.Compton.

"They're just as sensitive about freedom of speech and freedom of religion. They're all guaranteed but they're all guaranteed by the second amendment and the fact that we can own guns and the fact that we as a people can protect ourselves and our family with the use of firearms," said  gun owner Dan Richardson.

Many congressional Democrats want to extend background checks to be more comprehensive in an effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

"I like that they have the background checks because I don't think bad people should have guns. The gun doesn't kill you. The bad person with the gun kills you," said gun enthusiast Mark Crane.

A majority of congressional Democrats are also pushing to limit the number of bullets a magazine can carry. Gun advocates who attended the gun show said that proposal will do little to keep potential killers from committing mass shootings.

"It's stupid because all you have to do is carry more magazines," said Richardson.

In April, the proposal failed in the senate with a 54 to 46 vote which was six votes shy of the votes needed to advance the bill.

Despite the bills failure, a recent study by the Pew Research Foundation shows that a majority of Independents, Republicans and Democrats support Universal background checks.

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Tommy Roff - 5/28/2013 8:56 PM
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Sorry about spelling in last post... here ya go: The 2nd Amendment was written solely to ensure the people could put down a govt that went tyrannical. It was not aimed at hunting, robberies, or personal defense, as the Libtards want us to think. LOL

Tommy Roff - 5/28/2013 8:54 PM
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The 2nd Amendment was written soley to ensure the epopel could put down a govt that went tryancal. It was not aimed at hunting, robbieries, or persdonal defense, as the Libtards want us to think. LOL

Spencer60000 - 5/27/2013 1:18 PM
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opiea1c - The firearms industry is making money because Americans are voting with their dollars. Last time I looked, no one from the NRA was outside my door forcing me to buy another rifle. People who decry the increase in firearms ownership are missing the real conspiracy here. You have a powerful and profitable gun control industry that tries to enforce it's elitist views across the world. Sponsored by billionaires like Soros and Bloomberg, they bankroll politicians and mass media propaganda to try and eliminate the entire concept of the 'armed citizen'. We recently saw this in action, with select politicians pushing their agenda for them, even though popular support was completely lacking. We saw a bought-and-paid-for media generate a propaganda attack on Constitutional rights and firearms owners unseen before in US history. We saw states like NY pass draconian anti-rights laws literally in the middle of the night using emergency powers they didn't even invoke during Hurricane Sandy. We saw the media constantly spew made-up 'facts' like the '90%' myth to support legislation that even by the Dept. of Justices own reckoning would prevent less than 1% of all illegal firearms from ending up in criminal hands. At the end of the day, we already have way too many gun laws. Some, like the feel-good 'gun free zone' laws are directly responsible for turning churches, schools and other public areas into potential free-fire zones. By removing the deterrent of legally armed citizens, these areas are now far more dangerous than they were before the passage of these laws back in the 1990s. In the future, please look into the facts a but before you start pointing a finger and crying 'conspiracy'. You might be looking into a mirror.

opiea1c - 5/27/2013 7:20 AM
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There is far too much profit for the fun companies and gun lobbyists for this issue to go away any time soon.

goingbust - 5/27/2013 4:57 AM
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"rights to bare arms." Written by idiots, for idiots. Good work.

Spencer60000 - 5/26/2013 10:00 PM
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It's hardly 'raging'. Gun control is dead at the Federal level, where despite the biggest propaganda campaign in history the gun control lobby couldn't even get the Democratically-controlled Senate to pass it.
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