SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) - President Obama's new plan to curb gun violence in the U.S. is sparking debate on local levels. Some say the president's plan will hurt those who stick to the law and use guns appropriately, while others say his priorities are in the wrong spot and what the nation really needs is a focus on education.
On Wednesday Obama unveiled the most sweeping proposals in two decades, asking Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. He also issued 23 orders that do not need congressional approval.
Theresa Cleland, owner of Cleland's Outdoor World, is not worried about her business because they already enforce some of what Obama requested. She does not believe any of the president's plan would work since they already conduct background checks. Plus, if they are uncomfortable selling something to someone, they simply do not.
"These are things that we have tried in the past and they did not work," said Cleland.
She says restrictions and bans might not be the answer. She feels the only thing that would help curb violence is more education about guns and gun training. She also thinks we need to remove places where guns are not allowed and just allow them everywhere.
"You can ban anything you want. The criminal is still going to have it. It's only the honest citizens that aren't going to have it," said Cleland.
Store customers agreed.
"It don't matter what he does, you know? If you take away firearms, people are just going to find other ways to hurt people," said Derrick Johnson.
Johnson does not think it is fair to punish people that use guns the right way and does not want to see people lose their privileges as a result of careless individuals.
Cleland believes people will still find a way to get their hands on the assault-type weapons if they want them.
"My business is the least of my concerns. I'm worried about my children, my grandchildren. I'm worried about the future of this country," said Cleland. "People want guns. They should be allowed to have guns. They should be proficient with guns."
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