PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – When President Obama addressed the nation follow Thursday’s deadly shooting in Oregon, he appeared frustrated and upset. “We’ve become numb to this. We’ve talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown,” Obama said.
Obama is urging stiffer gun laws nationwide. “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings,” he said.
Local gun owners and advocates were quick to chime in. Bill Bunting is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a gun rights lobbyist.
“FBI statistics have said, just came out two days ag,o and gun crimes are down to the lowest level since 1957. The only thing that’s been up is these mass shootings,” Bunting said. Bunting says his research reveals mass shootings on college campuses would decrease if students and faculty could legally carry firearms. “Utah is an example. The state of Utah has had it in effect for nine years and they haven’t had one shooting on campus. Why? The criminal isn’t going to go into where he knows he’s going to get shot,” Bunting said.
The issue of gun control and stiffer regulation always seems to surface following a mass shooting. Bunting finds that troubling. “I was just outraged because he uses it as a bully pulpit,” he said. “And he comes from a city that just this past weekend had 50 homicides with guns. And they have some of the toughest gun laws in the country.”