Central Florida residents react to National Rifle Association proposal

Gun owners agree more laws to restrict ownership isn't right solution

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. - The National Rifle Association, in its first major public statements after the Sandy Hook shooting, called on Congress to put armed guards in all schools, but left out any talk of further gun control.

Gun owners in Central Florida seem to agree that more laws to restrict gun ownership are not the right solution when it comes to keeping children safe.

"All that gun control does is take the guns away from law abiding citizens," said Ray Pelosi.

Instead, Pelosi agreed with the NRA's push to focus on better dealing with people suffering from mental health issues and the availability of violent media.

Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, said in Friday's news conference, "the only way to protect from a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Mom Michelle Hallemeier said more guns are the absolute worst answer.

"I don't think more guns are the solution here at all. I think less guns and kind of monitoring even closer than what we do today because what we're doing now isn't working," she said.

Ronnie White lives across the street from gun shop and range Shoot Straight in Casselberry. He's been to the shop before and owns guns, but said he'd like to see the NRA take a stand against assault weapons.

"That's too much. We don't need that," said White.

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