EL PASO TX — President Obama takes aim at gun regulations and proposes the most comprehensive set of gun control measures in U.S. history.
This comes a month after the Sandy Hook school massacre, that took the lives of 20 children.The proposal is getting mixed reactions, not just on Capitol hill, but in states across the country. Local Four News got reaction from the borderland.
Today President Obama announced his plans to curb gun violence, including incentives for schools to hire resource officers and a review of safety standards for gun locks and safes.
"Concrete steps we can take right now to keep our children safe, to help prevent mass shootings.”
But a few proposals in particular would need more than just his signature. He'll need Congress and the American people to back him.
Those are limiting ammunition magazines to ten rounds, requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales banning the sale of assault rifles or military style weapons.
"AR 15 assault rifle style weapons are just sold out. Our distributors don't have any to sell us or else we'd be stocking up," said Sportsman's Elite's store manager Shane Koch.
Even though Richard Peinado collects guns, he didn't rush to buy more in light of the the Presidents plans and says he can see both sides of the gun control debate.
"We need to make it harder for people to acquire a gun. We need to have better background checks and I do believe if you go to a gun show, everybody that buys a gun at a gun show, should have a background check,” said Peinado.
People around town seemed eager to talk about the President's proposal.
"I'm personally ok with it. I don't think there's any need for people to have assault weapons. Assault weapons are for people to kill other people,” said a local El Pasoan gun owner.
Most seem to agree that no matter the regulation, it matters who handles the guns.
"If you have a substantial illness, than you know you shouldn't be allowed to have a gun," said Peinado.
A gun owner said he feels that the real issue is hidden behind the gun debate.
"I do worry though with gun control issues, people are taking their minds off what really matters and mental illness is what really matters.”
"This country was founded on the right to bare arms. You know you have the right just as long as you don't use it improperly,” said a local El Pasoan.
The Presidential memorandum issued by President Obama today also calls for more research into the origin of gun violence and making more data available to retailers when conducting background checks on someone trying to purchase a gun.