Shooting brings up Gun Control Debate

December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) While there is still a lot of information yet to come out in the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, what is known is that it has re-ignited an ongoing debate on guns.

The tragic shooting has revived the debate: guns or gun control?

"They'll be some public discussion, they'll be some discussion in Albany, discussion on the Senate floor, on the Assembly floor as to whether it is appropriate or not to change things in New York State," NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan said.

While those on either side of the issue here in Western New York recognized the tragedy of Friday, they stood steadfast in their positions.

Stephen Aldstadt is the President of S.C.O.P.E., a pro gun group dedicated to preserving second amendment rights.

"We don't like to see any horrible crime like this politicized or used for political gain," Aldstadt said.

He says the actions of one murderer should not shape gun control laws, and believes it comes down to the person and not the gun.

"Someone that deranged, if they didn't have a gun they would find another way to do damage and to kill," he added.

But Murray Holman of the Stop the Violence Coalition disagrees.

"Yes it should be harder for people to get guns," Holman said simply.

He says it comes down to getting guns out of the hands of the wrong people, to prevent future mass shootings in places like Newtown or in Buffalo.

"I just want people out here in Buffalo to really think about what's going on in Connecticut. It could happen here," he added.

It is still unclear if any changes will come out of Friday's shooting, but politicians on both sides of the argument have already voiced their opinions on the issue.