Reporting Susie Jones
ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (WCCO) — Stepping inside Bill’s Gun Shop in Robbinsdale, there’s a buzz of activity, with people buying ammunition, guns and signing up for classes.
“I came to sign up for a conceal and carry class,” said one man getting into his car.
Gaylynn Franzen lives in Minneapolis. She believes everyone should have a gun to protect themselves.
“I live in a bad part of Minneapolis where that little boy was shot. I live a block away and I heard it. And I want to protect myself and my sister and her young daughter,” Franzen said.
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They all said they are concerned about what new gun control measures would mean to their second amendment rights.
“What’s next? They’ll take away our rifles for deer hunting,” Franzen said.
Greg Vilina lives in Ham Lake and has been shooting for years.
“I take them out and do target practice, skeet shoot, just basically have fun with them,” Vilina said.
He is also worried about possible new restrictions.
“You know the people that are going to end up having guns are the outlaws,” he said.
His friend, Sean Miller, says more gun control is not the answer.
“When I saw the boy that shot all those children in Connecticut, he looked mentally ill,” Miller said, who blames the government for letting many mentally ill patients out of state hospitals.
It’s been just a little more than a month since the Connecticut school massacre that killed 20 young children and six adults.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama will be unveiling his proposals to fight gun violence. The White House says he and Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by children who wrote the president letters after the Newtown shooting.
Obama is looking at 19 steps he could take through executive action alone.