Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control.
Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News.
The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those who knew Nancy Lanza said guns were a hobby of hers.
In Wilmington, Police Chief Michael Begonis said that while he will leave the big policy debate to politicians, he also believes there is no harm in at least starting a discussion on gun control.
"I don't think there's anything wrong with a meaningful discussion from all sides on an issue such as this," said Begonis. "That's what makes America so great is that we can do that. And we should do that. As things happen we should adapt and make changes that are helpful in our response to this type of thing."
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