Transcript for Gun store owner who sold shotgun to Vegas shooting suspect speaks out
Here at Dixie gun works in Utah, the owner Chris Michael woke up shocked by the news of the las Vegas shooting and the identity of the alleged gunman. I recognized his name. I recognized the face. And I remembered exactly that he was a customer. I remember him coming in and purchasing a firearm through us. Michael says he sold paddock a shotgun in February. Everything was a Normal purchase by a Normal person. There was nothing that stood out. But now he is struggling with the knowledge that a gun he sold may have been used for the unthinkable. What if, could have, would have, should have, all those things keep falling into place. Is there something I could have done? Today ABC news is learning more about the fire articles. Today, guns were found, articles, shotguns, pistols, purchased in four different states. Police say one of the weapons used in the Las Vegas attack, modified like a machine gun. This is classic wmd. A weapon and a man of mass destruction. Sunday's shooting brings a fierce debate over gun control. This morning we have children without parents. And fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. We lost two police officers. Last night, Jimmy Kimmel. I don't know why our so-called leaders allow there to happen. Or maybe a better question, why do we continue to let it happen? Most leaders divided. The pro gun rights Republicans say the things they so often say. And I think it is pre mature to be discussing legislative solutions if there are any. It is the only issue that I'm aware of that has that kind of response. Something bad happens. The immediate response in congress is it is too soon to talk about it. If not when the country is focused on it, what would be a better time to talk about these issues? In more familiar language from pro gun advocates. He was a sick man, a demented man. I don't think there's any question if the shooter was an undocumented immigrant on, a refugee from a majority Muslim country, or even someone with a Muslim name, the response of the president would be quite a bit different. Pro gun control saying what they say. It is time for action. We can say enough is enough. Chris Murphy, the democratic senator from Connecticut, has been pushing gun control since the tragedy of sandy hook. Today not surprised by the pro gun response. A tried and true tactic to tell advocates for change that we can't talk about change. In Las Vegas, ripping off scabs not yet healed from the story we have heard and told so many times before. I don't know if the people are still out here. This is a club nobody wants to be in. She lost her only son Christopher 16 months ago. One. 49 killed at the pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. She became an activist for gun control. Intent that Orlando's tragedy would not repeat itself. We can prevent these massacres. My son's killer legally purchased an assault rifle. A mother resolved that her son would not die in vain. It is so unfair that he was stripped of his future. Christine is not alone in sure the attacks of the past are not forgotten and throws of the future are prevented. I am not a politician but I am a physician who is sick and tired of being reactive. Reactive to the gun violence incidents. William is an emergency room physician who lives in Newtown, Connecticut. Five years ago, he treated victims of the sandy hook massacre. 26 people, including 20 school children, gunned down. One of the darkest days in our nation's history. Gut reaction. It was one of immense sadness for all those families. And the victims. I honestly could not physically watch more than a few seconds of the TV. And then it turned to anger. I do know, I am passionate that events like this, in my estimation, preventible. He sees gun violence as a public health issue. You can own a gun. Why do you need to own a gun can shoot hundreds of bullets in a minute? What can we do to mitigate all these deaths. Through conversation and policy, he hopes the country will get on the right track. After this, can we at least talk about this. Which is a huge cultural shift. Obviously we have a lot more work to do in front of us. We have to do better as country. Do you think we will? I think we will. More restrictions of banning firearms are not the answer to the great debate on guns. There's not a rule out there, I could be wrong, that could have prevented this. When bad people want to do bad things. Hopefully it will prevent future tragedy. I believe I'm at the front lines. I'm the guy at the very beginning dealing with anybody who walks in. The good person or the bad person. I'm supposed to be weeding these people out as best I can. The checks and balances for the paperwork they go through, that the database looks you this. I'm still the first guy here and I'm the last guy.
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