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Conversations continue on gun rights after mass shootings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Conversations about gun violence continue after several mass shootings in recent weeks.

The president has offered a few options, and the House and Senate are debating how to respond to these shootings.

“We’re talking about someone who makes a conscious decision to do evil on innocent people, and that, in and of itself, is irrelevant to how that person does evil,” Jason Edgely said.

Edgely is the general manager of the Nashville Armory. He hates to see the horrific acts of gun violence we have witnessed in the United States over the past few weeks.

He said the problems lie with the people who commit the crimes, not the guns themselves.

“I think the root cause has a seed in mental health,” Edgely said. “I think there is a problem of mental instability in this country. I believe that with all that I am and again restricting my ability to protect my family is not addressed.

President Biden has addressed the nation, pushing for tougher gun laws following recent mass shootings in Tulsa, Okla., Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, NY

Biden’s proposal includes an assault weapons ban, stricter background checks and an increase in the minimum purchase age to 21.

“It’s not about taking anyone’s guns away. This is not about vilifying gun owners,” Biden said Thursday. “In fact, we believe we should treat gun owners as an example of how every gun owner should behave.”

For Edgely, raising the purchase age doesn’t make much sense because there’s a bigger problem.

“What is the legal age to vote? What is the legal age to join the military and go overseas and fight a war for your government and potentially die for them? Edgely said.

Earlier this week, a group of people gathered at the Tennessee State Capitol to urge Governor Bill Lee and lawmakers to take action against gun violence.

“I’ve seen with my own eyes how the mules are tearing bodies apart,” emergency physician Dr Katrina Green said earlier in the week. “I want no more thoughts and prayers without action.”

“Nobody wants to completely get rid of the Second Amendment,” Franklin Community Church Kevin Riggs said at the rally. “There are common sense gun laws that we can add.”

For gun store owners and managers like Edgely, he believes there needs to be a conversation about solving the problem without infringing on Second Amendment rights.

“We’re trying to put a band-aid on something and we’re trying to assert a level of control over an overwhelming percentage of people, and again, that’s a violation of the rights of American citizens and we’re not looking at it from the right way.

House Democrats have proposed the Protecting Our Children Act, which would raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21 and make it a federal offense to have large-capacity magazines. House Republicans are against the proposal and will vote next week.

US senators are working on a more bipartisan bill.

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