In the wake of the Colorado theater shootings, the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes now is the time to bring back the Assault Weapon Ban, which expired in September 2004.
Making his case to a room full of supporters in a Las Vegas church this afternoon, Jackson believes the issue is something the entire country should focus on.
"If we really care for the people who were killed in Aurora, CO, don't just mourn for them and offer condolences. We want to stand up for a policy that makes the next Aurora less likely," Jackson told FOX5.
But Bob Irwin, owner of the Gun Store on Tropicana, disagrees and feels reinstating the assault weapon ban wouldn't change anything.
"The proposal to reinstate the assault weapon ban, fortunately we have lots of data on that, when that was enforced the crime rate didn't get changed one iota," Irwin told FOX5.
During his speech, Jackson made it clear people should be allowed to have guns for home protection.
But he says assault weapons are too excessive and believes if those type of weapons existed back then, the Second Amendment wouldn't have included them.
"Those who wrote the Second Amendment never saw a semi-automatic weapon, they never saw a magazine with a hundred rounds, they cannot imagine the massacre we saw last week," Jackson said.
But Irwin believes the principals of the Second Amendment are the same today.
"When the First Amendment was written, we didn't have the internet, we didn't have high-speed news. So should we restrict the First Amendment because it gets too much information out too fast?" Irwin asked.
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