Shootings Unlikely to Trigger Fresh Debate

"There's no doubt in my mind that a person so deranged would find a gun, illegally, and all the gun control in the world is not going to stop the criminal. But what it does stop is the right of a law abiding citizen to defend themselves."

Polling on American attitudes about gun control presents a mixed picture. Six in 10 Americans favor stricter gun control laws, but three-quarters believe the Constitution does guarantee individuals the right to own guns.

Regardless, there is a harsh reality: Even if gun sales stopped immediately, and another gun was never sold in the United States, fatal shootings probably wouldn't end anytime soon.

That's because, according to law enforcement sources, there are already more than 230 million guns already in circulation in this country.

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