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Local Reaction to President Obama's speech

Posted at: 02/04/2013 6:55 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Both gun control advocates and opponents tuned in to hear what President Obama had to say in his speech.

"Right there, President Barack Obama just said we need to ban assault weapons and I completely support that,” said Will Morrison, a local gun control advocate.

The President’s speech in Minneapolis played in the background of the DFL headquarters in Rochester. The topic of that speech, gun control, sparking different opinions.

"I think we need to close the gun show loophole. We need to have universal background checks. We need to ban assault weapons and we also need to ban high capacity magazines,” said Morrison.

The President is pushing for universal background checks and a ban on military style weapons.

"You don't need an AK-47 to hunt deer or hunt ducks. You don't need an AK-47 to defend yourself or you don't need an AK-47 to do pretty much anything,” said Morrison.

"The truth is, an AR-15 doesn't shoot any faster than any hand gun or shot gun. It's one bullet per trigger pull and most people just because it looks like a military weapon doesn't mean it shoots like one,” said Paige Collins, the club secretary for the Pine Island White Pine’s Sportsman Club.

"Taking guns away is not the answer because can't beat that saying ya know, if guns are outlawed, the outlaws will be the only ones with guns,” said Collins.

The 600 member club is in the process of building a $1 million clubhouse. Collins says reducing magazine capacity could be devastating.

"These gun laws will take all of us law abiding citizens and impact them which is not in accordance with the second amendment,” said Collins.

Both sides of the debate acknowledge taking a look at mental health is important.