Should There Be Stricter Gun Control Laws?


By Jessica Gertler

The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is sparking talk about stricter gun control laws. We spoke to one parent who lost his child in a shooting and is now backing new controls on guns. It's an interview you'll only see on CBS 8 News.

Gene Kaiser says his son, Timothy, was playing at a friend's house when his friend got a hold of his dad's gun. He says by accident, his friend shot Timothy in the head killing him instantly, and changing Kaiser's view on guns.

"I was at work when my wife called, and of course, I was in disbelief. Hearing the fear in her voice, I knew was real," says Kaiser.

Timothy was 13 years old at the time of the accident.

"I rushed in the house. I saw my son laying on the floor in the bedroom, and he was dead," he says.

Kaiser says he's been reliving his son's death after the recent tragedy in Newtown.

"The emotions come creeping back. The emptiness in your heart returns," he says.

Kaiser says it's those emotions that changed his mind about gun control backing stricter measures against assault weapons.

"Are we man enough to omit what guns need to be taken out of our society, and be taken out all together," he says.

In 2004, a ban against military-style assault weapons expired, and since then, few Americans supported stricter laws. That is until the Sandy Hook gunman was carrying a high-powered rifle.

"I think there should be more regulation of who has access. I think parents should do a better of how freely their children can get a hold of guns," says Rachel Mitchell.

But some say guns are not to blame and taking those rights away won't change anything.

"We don't blame the cars when the drunk drivers are in the accidents. We don't blame knives when people use the knives," says Shannon Coburn.

But Kaiser says he is hoping the law changes, because he doesn't want a parent to ever feel the pain that he did.

"The memories right before they close the casket. You're final kiss goodbye. I don't wish that upon any parent or anyone," he says.

Several democrats in congress say it's time congress discusses gun policy. Some are even hoping to ban the sale of assault weapons.

Officials with the Southern Poverty Law Center say they haven't seen any statement released from the NRA since the Sandy Hook shootings, but the Gun Owners of America released a statement saying "the tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones."

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