Jan. 8 shooting survivors speak about gun control - Tucson News Now

Jan. 8 shooting survivors speak about gun control

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Since the beginning, victims of the January 8th shooting have been fighting for more gun control. It's a controversial issue after Jared Loughner opened fire on a group of people at Safeway near Oracle and Ina on the Northwest side.

At his sentencing, some victims say one thing that could've prevented this all is tighter gun laws. They say in addition to a better mental health system, people who want to buy a gun should all go through background checks and not be allowed to purchase extended clips.

Gun rights activists say it's their right and there are already too many gun laws in place. Others argue there needs to be more gun control because mass shootings keep happening.

Daniel Hernandez, a January 8th shooting victim, said "We must do what we can to close those loopholes and make sure people can bear arms because that is our constitutional right. But, making sure it is common sense and reasonable."

"We already have 10,000 gun laws on the books in the U.S.A. and that doesn't stop people who are insane from causing horrible acts with firearms," said Todd Rathner, a gun rights activist, "More gun control laws aren't going to do anything."

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