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Gun debate continues at Tanner Gun Show

10:34 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
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Organizers at the Tanner Gun Show say the crowd they saw on Saturday was one of the biggest they've seen. Some people say they came out to the show because they fear they won't be able to get the gun they want in the coming months.
"I think there's that fear factor that regulations are going to come down from the government. I think there's that fear of not being able to protect your family," Kevin Tillson said.

Many gun owners say tragedies, like what happened in Aurora and Connecticut, paint guns in the wrong light and say attacking firearms and trying to restrict the sale of certain products is the wrong move.

"A good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun and when you have somebody in a school who has the capability and the training to do that we can see these things stop immediately," Tyler Arnold said. If you try to ban guns that's not going to stop the criminal from getting them illegally."
Just up the street from the Tanner Gun Show was Karen Woods. She was standing on a street corner with a sign, protesting the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

"Banning all assault weapons and high magazine clips is also my goal. I don't think more guns will keep us safe. I think less guns will keep us safer," Woods said. "I'm here because after the mass shooting in Connecticut I had had it and I felt like I needed to do something."

Saturday was Karen's granddaughter's seventh birthday. She says her gift to her little grandchild is making her views on gun control known. Woods says even though she was the only person out protesting Saturday, she is making a difference by representing what she calls the views of countless others in Colorado and around the nation.

"Grandmothers and mothers in Colorado need to raise our voices and shout louder than the NRA and protect our children. It begins with one person and then it grows. Let it begin with me," Woods said.

There's a lot of passion on both sides of the gun debate, but the common ground is most everyone believes what happened in Aurora and Connecticut should never happen again. The question is how to make that happen.

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