As debate intensifies over tightening gun control laws since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last week, we asked local residents to share their thoughts:
Here’s what a reader on the Gulfport Facebook fan page had to say:
It was not that long ago that there was rioting in this country. Even mob style (not as in gangsters/mafia...but that Internet mob thing I can't think of the word) violence is showing signs of increasing and becoming more dangerous. If you are in your own home...I ask all of you who support guns bans...''what type of weapon will you wish you had to protect yourself with?''. Hmmmmm? A simple pistol? No. You are going to want real firepower, and have the freedom to be able to decide what that will be. OK...that was an extreme example...''or was it''? Do any of you really doubt civil violence will never return to our streets? That's a pretty foolish assumption. I sure hope not...but I am hardly convinced it won't. Even looting after strong storms, for example, ''can'' be near as bad. One thing is for sure...some of us want to be ready. Take a more real or current example of what any of us could face. A burglar. Do you still only want a simple handgun? Or...worse yet...do you want to end up being hauled off to jail for protecting your house with an assault rifle because you were not allowed to use it? Getting arrested for that is going to be a federal crime and you will likely be in as much trouble as the burglar. I want the freedom to decide what type of firepower I need to protect my home and family...and not be faced with being ''out gunned'' because the law did not allow me to arm myself the way I felt I needed to.
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