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Gun Debate Was Already Raging in Newtown
Sound of frequent gunshots sparked complaints
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 17, 2012 10:08 AM CST
A family listens to a memorial service outside Newtown High School for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Guns have long been a fixture in Newtown, Conn., but this year, controversy has boiled over. The months leading to July saw 50 complaints about gunfire, twice the number made throughout 2011, the New York Times reports. The sound of shooting emanated from unusual spots—near homes, for instance, and in the woods near an elementary school. Unlicensed shooting ranges abound in the town; some of the noise echoed from within a few miles of Adam and Nancy Lanza's home. Crowds gathered at town meetings to discuss local gun laws, but proponents of tougher restrictions faced opposition from the National Sports Shooting Foundation, based in the town.

A hunter who's on the town's police commission proposed cutting the number of legal shooting hours and requiring police approval of target ranges. "Something needs to be done," he said. "These are not normal guns, that people need. These are guns for an arsenal ... We live in a town, not in a war." But when residents met to discuss the proposed ordinance, the Shooting Foundation reportedly argued that swimming posed a bigger danger than guns. "No safety concerns exist," said a spokesman. But "right now, if you’re standing on your property and my house is 20 feet away, you can shoot," says a library aide and town official who saved lives during the school attack.

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Dec 17, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Enough of the Facist take our guns crap, just outlaw evil!
Dec 17, 2012 12:10 PM CST
A question got all you Gun hating liberal Pot Heads on Newswer.. A paradox in you logical thinking.. At best Gun controls objective will be to limit the accessibility of guns available to mentally ill and criminals.. With a huge increase of accessibility to LEGAL drugs.. What is the TOTAL effect on society??? We will be worrying about out 7 year getting shot as much as shooting up… We will have a whole new group of Gun Abusers to worry about.
Dec 17, 2012 11:59 AM CST
there are many here that do not understand a basic concept; imperfect union. some problems can not be overcome, crime. we can not stop it, but there are those that would restrict citizens rights for the promise of false security. benjamin franklin warned about short sighted people. modern america is awash with them now.