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CT school shooting raises concern for gun control

Owner of Backwoods Outdoors says there's been an increase in gun sales Owner of Backwoods Outdoors says there's been an increase in gun sales
CT governor Dannel Malloy they'll take a closer look at gun control policies CT governor Dannel Malloy they'll take a closer look at gun control policies
Shooting raises concern for stricter gun control laws Shooting raises concern for stricter gun control laws
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Details continue to unfold Saturday night after 26 people, 20 those of those who were children, were shot and killed Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary school in southwestern Connecticut.

The heart-breaking tragedy is one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. History. It's left many people mourning the loss of so many innocent young lives and across the country it's raising questions about gun control.

Just hours after the shooting, several online petitions about gun control were put up on the White House web site.

"You can definitely see a spike. People are nervous about gun control," says owner of Backwoods Outdoors Jackie Sizemore.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy gave his condolences and says talks of public policies surrounding stricter gun control will soon take place.

"There will be time soon for a discussion of the public policy issues surrounding yesterday's events," says Malloy.

Sizemore says people in South Georgia are taking notice of the concern for stricter laws.

"They thought they'd come in today and buy a gun because they think they're not going to be allowed to get guns in the future."

Federal law makes gun ownership illegal for someone who's been ruled "mentally defective," convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors. And while each state's gun control policies differ, Connecticut's is among the toughest in the country. Yet, 27 people are dead after Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary with two 9 millimeters.

But many say it's not the gun who killed so many, but Lanza himself.

"A gun is not going to kill somebody by itself. Whether there are guns or not, there is going to be crazy people," says Sizemore.

Others say regardless of the law, getting a hold of a gun illegally isn't too hard to do in this day and age.

"The criminal will get the gun no matter what they have to do. They will make their guns they will do whatever they have to do," says local resident Libby Hamilton.

And for the families who their lost their child or loved one in the shooting, a gun in the hands of Lanza meant a life taken too soon.

Investigators say three guns were found next to the shooter's body inside the school and some those of those firearms were owned by his mother, prior to the shooting.

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