Calls for Gun Control Surge Following Newtown Shootings

Lawmakers, citizens debate whether more strict gun control legislation could prevent mass shootings.
2:24 | 12/17/12

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Lara, this horrifying attack has reignited a debate over gun control. Big questions about whether stricter laws can stop more mass shootings. Pierre thomas joins us with more on our nation's relationship with guns. Reporter: We attempt to deal with this tragic event. We found some eye-popping numbers that show solvings this problem will be complicated. The statistics are staggering. On black friday, u.S. Shoppers were also buying guns. In record numbers. On that single day, the fbi did computerized background checks on more than 154 now purchases of firearms. In november alone, americans tried to buy a whopping 2 million guns. There are more registered gun dealers and stores than major supermarkets. MORE GUN SERLS than McDonald's restaurants. The overwhelming majority are law-abiding citizens. Dished people will often be able to obtain them, even in quiet communities like newtown. We spoke to the fbi on-scene commander. There are about 400 gun dealers in a four-county area. Within ten miles of the incident, 36 gun dealers. In america, unless you have a felony conviction or you're adjudicated by theourt the be rm t incompetent, you have the right to bear fire arms. Reporter: This morning, america is left with a question. How do you keep weapons from men like these, when there are an estimated 2 million-plus guns already in circulation. No easy answers, josh. No easy answers. To make the point, then, if we stopped gun production in the country today, we could still be years and years away from a solution on that task. Guns are not bio degradable. They're not going away. The country has to figure out how to deal with the mental health issues and the guns already on the street. Staggering numbers. Thank you, pierre. Let's go to times square in

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