Talking Gun Safety After Sandy Hook Shooting
LAKE CITY - The Sandy Hook shooting sparked a national debate on gun control and access to firearms, that still continues one year later. North Central Florida was a part of that conversation.
A gun safety event put together by congressman Ted Yoho coincided with the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Saturday afternoon residents in North Central Florida raised their voices about gun safety in America.
Children in Lake City were taught to, “Stop, don't touch, tell a parent." Families took part in a gun safety event hosted by Representative Ted Yoho.
Gun control is a topic that stirs a lot of emotion, especially after the sandy hook shooting. One year ago Adam Lanza entered sandy hook elementary school, opened fire and killed 20 children along with six adults. He used weapons legally purchased by his mother.
Adrianne Pickett the CFO for Pickett Weaponry said, "The big thing about firearm safety is to get educated, you have a whole world of different clubs that provide different types of NRA clubs, you have commercial applications that are arranged that provides classes on gun safety, etc."
While some people around the country say these type of tragedies will continue to happen unless we get rid of guns. People like, Martina Leinz, president of Northern Virginia Chapter of Million Mom March. "In this past year, congress has failed to enact any sensible reform to our nation's lack of gun laws."
Others in Live Oak think otherwise. Tom Brown a longtime resident of Live Oak said, "I think that in these schools, in the problems that we have in the schools is that there should be at least 5 people in that school trained with guns... Because most people if you watch the news-- these people that are invading the schools and killing these kids, when they are confronted they kill themselves."
The event discussed the dangers posed by firearms and how to use a gun properly. One focus was safety equipment including gun locks and safes all to ensure guns aren't readily accessible. Mark Hunter the Columbia County Sheriff said, "Overall is about responsible ownership and safety with a firearm, as the people who choose to own the firearms need to have responsible use and care for them and have storage for them."
According to ted Yoho's Facebook the date was not chosen to coincide with the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook but landed on a day like today due to scheduling.
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