Thousands participate in Charlotte gun show
Updated: 07/21/2012 02:45 PM
By: McKinsey Harris
CHARLOTTE—One day after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. a gun show drawing out roughly 6,000 people took place in Charlotte.
The incident is sparking more discussion about the ongoing debate about gun control in our country. Video of the scene has been played over and over since Friday morning, after police say a 24-year-old man opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at an Aurora, Colo. theater.
“My heart just sank. We can only imagine what the families of the victims are going through,” said executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Gail Neely.
It’s tragedies such as this one that have gun control advocates such as Neely saying it is too easy to get a gun and large amounts of ammunition.
"Obviously there are people who should not have them, people who are dangerous to themselves and others. People who have felonies, violent felonies, domestic violence abusers, and people who abuse drugs and alcohol. Those people can't control their actions, so they should not have a gun,” said Neely.
However at a gun show in Charlotte Saturday, hundreds of others disagree. They say strict background checks are in place and there is no way to regulate an individual’s actions.
"I mean if there's no predictor of it, I just don't know how it gets stopped. I don't think it ever can be stopped,” said president and owner of C&E Gun Shows Inc. Steven Elliott
Elliot said in a situation such as this, having more armed individuals could help.
"There's no way to prove that it would've changed anything. But absolutely, I'd rather have 10 people armed in that situation than nobody armed in that situation. It could have made a drastic difference,” said Elliot.
Neely disagrees and while she doesn't’t think guns should be banned, she and Elliot disagree on whether or not more regulations should be put in place.
"[It is] the most regulated commodity in the country. And we just don't need any more. If they enforce the rules and regulations the way they're written, that's enough,” said Elliott.
“That is not true. They are undoing. If we have all of the gun laws we need, they need to sit tight and not try to weaken the laws we have, and that is what's happening,” said Neely.
However, both sides can agree that this situation is a tragedy for everyone.
"It's hard to describe, it really is. It's hard to describe, it's very sad,” said Elliott.
Individuals on both sides of the gun control debate say they do agree that no matter what rules and regulations are in place, you can’t stop all gun violence from occurring. Officials say suspected gunman James Holmes legally bought the weapons used in the shooting.
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