West Texas Gun Enthusiasts Say More Laws Won’t Stop Violent Acts 7/28/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
July 28, 2012
Midland, TX - Today at the Silver Spur Trade Show in Midland, hundreds of gun enthusiasts spent the day trading, selling and buying guns.
"Our 2nd amendment right, yea we love our 2nd amendment right. And it's a right just like the freedom of speech. You know this is the freedom that we all have" said show organizer Kim Samson.
Since the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, the debate on gun control has heated up. West Texans at today's show are holding strong to their belief that problem isn't the current gun laws.
"It's bad what happened. It's not the guns fault. It's not the caliber of the gun. It's not the type of weapon that was used, the ammunition and the magazines. It was the person behind it,” said gun vendor Ray Johnson.
They stated violence is an issue that has been a problem for centuries. But with gun shows like this they can promote proper gun practices and safety measures.
"Violence has been from the beginning of time and it will be to the end of time. Unfortunately because we're all human… and its tragic a lot of the things that have happened out there… we follow laws. We make this a family even t. we do everything we were supposed to do and there is a lot of great people out there, " stated Kim Samson.
They stated that the best control for gun users is not more laws but education.
"Get educated, don't be scared of it. They're tools just like anything else. Any tool can be used for good or it can be used for bad," gun vendor Ray Johnson.
The gun show will continue until tomorrow at 5pm at the Midland Horseshoe. As for the debate on gun control, it seems to be an ongoing battle left in the hands of lawmaker and voters.