Have East Texas gun owners shifted their stance on gun control in light of more school shootings?

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of this school shooting President Obama spoke out about the gun control issue. He says mass shootings are becoming the norm and Washington is not doing anything about it.

"My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. We're the only developed country on earth where this happens, and it happens now once a week," said President Obama.

So the East Texas News set out to find if the stance on gun control shifted at all.

Tuesday's shooting marks the 74th school shooting since the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

But has what seems like an increase in gun violence across the nation changed gun owners opinions on gun control?

"Absolutely not," said Laura Loftin, co-owner of Hog Arms. "The only change that I think there should be is to get rid of the gun free zones. I think allowing teachers or administrative staff to arm themselves would help in a tremendous way."

Co-owner of Hog Arms in Lufkin, Karl Hogsett said, "We have a second amendment right and I think the gun control laws that we have in place now are fine. They just need to be enforced."

Hogsett says the answer is not more gun control laws.      

"The problem I see with a lot of these shootings going on it's a gun owner problem and maybe even a parent problem," said Hogsett. "So as a gun owner you're responsible for that weapon and that gun needs to be locked and secured and kept away from the kid where they can't have access to them when someone bullies them or disses them on Facebook and they want to go shoot up a school house."

Loftin stands firmly behind her right to bear arms and doesn't think that responsible gun owners who have nothing to do with acts of violence should have to be more regulated in fact, she says the allowances for guns in certain places should be expanded.

"I think that the gun free zones on those school campuses are what the problem is," said Loftin. "They're there with them more than anybody else. They're with the kids and that's where it's happening. If you have a shooting on campus, who is there, the staff, the teachers. They're there. We're not."

While Hogsett and Loftin's opinions on the subject haven't shifted the President is still calling for change.

President Obama said Tuesday that he has initiated more than 20 executive actions to try to tighten up some of the rules and the laws but the only thing that's going to demand change in Congress is if there is a change in public opinion.

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