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CA mass shooting sparks gun control debate in South MS

Michael Fejka, manager at Gun Ho gun range, says they have seen an increasing number of new gun owners. (Image Source: WLOX News) Michael Fejka, manager at Gun Ho gun range, says they have seen an increasing number of new gun owners. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Pat Williams says she bought her gun to protect herself after hearing of so much violence in the U.S. (Image Source: WLOX News) Pat Williams says she bought her gun to protect herself after hearing of so much violence in the U.S. (Image Source: WLOX News)
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

Pat Williams bought her first gun in October of this year.

"I did take a safety course through the Gulfport Police Department, which was really good and very helpful. So, I feel confident having one. It makes me feel better," said Williams.

What provoked Williams to purchase a firearm?

"I don't know, there just seems to be so much, so many incidents, you know violent incidents with guns, and I just felt like it was time to get one," said Williams.

Michael Fejka manages Gun Ho Gun Range in Pass Christian. He's been there less than a year, but says the amount of people coming in with new guns is incredibly high.

"We have individuals coming in here for the first time who have never carried weapons, who have stated they've never believed in weapons. But with all the shootings and things going on, the influx of individuals into the United States, they feel the need to protect themselves, their families and their loved ones," said Fejka.

According to USA Today, Black Friday broke a record for the amount of gun background checks with more than 185,000. Fejka isn't surprised.

"Sales have increased. We have an unbelievable amount of individuals coming in here asking for either concealed license or the enhanced concealed carry," said Fejka.

Unfortunately, gun crimes seem to be on the rise. President Barack Obama has been a staunch advocate for stricter gun laws, and Wednesday's tragedy reinforced his position.

"We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is, is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal," said Obama.

President Obama added in that CBS interview that to improve the odds that these mass shootings don't happen as frequently, common sense gun safety laws like stronger background checks need to be put in place.

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