Old Sacramento Shooting Renews Gun Debate

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SACRAMENTO-

Visitors to Old Sacramento had visible reminders of the shooting that killed two people and injured three others including the suspect and a security guard: blood covered the wooden sidewalk and rubber gloves and bandages were strewn about by paramedics who were trying to save lives.

Some lamented the fact that a gun was used to kill multiple people so soon after the death of 20 elementary school students in Connecticut.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Larry Peters, who walked by the  sports bar and cafe where the shooting took place.  He sees no need for so many guns.

“Only the police force, SWAT teams… anybody else own a gun, get rid of them,” said Peters.

Sacramento resident Lee Beebe was riding past on his bicycle. A one time gun owner, he doesn’t advocate getting rid of all guns. But he says tighter controls are needed.

“We just continue to have innocent people shot and killed.  It’s just not right,” said Beebe.

He objected to the NRA solution to the school shooting.

“Let’s put a person who is armed at every bar and every restaurant? I don’t think we’re really solving or addressing the problem,” said Beebe.

But it was an armed security guard that shot the suspect and possibly prevented him from causing more harm.

And others continue to believe that guns are not responsible for the shootings.

“It’s unfortunate there are people with guns.  It’s not the guns that are dangerous, it’s the operators,” said Tom Amos who attended the event with his family.

Others are simply puzzled by the whole incident.  Mike Gray heard perhaps a dozen shots by a semi-automatic hand gun and witnessed the arrest of the suspect.

“I don’t know if it’s gang related or what it is but why people choose to carry guns in crowded locations is beyond me,” said Gray.

Beebe is frustrated because there isn’t an easy solution.

“Something’s got to be done,” said Beebe.

Exactly what will no doubt be the source of continued debate.

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