It's an issue that comes up after ever major shooting across the country, and the topic of gun control is once again on people's minds following Friday's incident in Connecticut. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us what Congressman Brian Higgins and Governor Cuomo say needs to be kept in mind as the debate resurfaces.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — "Two centuries ago, when the founding fathers had developed the language for the Second Amendment, they could have never anticipated this hell," said Congressman Brian Higgins.
Higgins says the U.S. constitution is a working document, and situations like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School call for self-examination.
"States can help and each state should look at their laws, we're looking at our laws, but the most efficient, effective vehicle is a federal law," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Because you can change the laws in the state of New York, we have some of the toughest laws in the nation, as does the state of Connecticut, but you can buy a gun in another state and drive several miles and that's that."
Cuomo does say New York's assault weapons ban has significant flaws and loopholes,
"We basically grandfather in all magazines pre-'94, which to me is just a glaring omission. Much of the laws on the cosmetics of the gun, the design of the gun, rather than the actual capacity of it."
Higgins says, while he's a supporter of the Second Amendment, assault rifles are different.
"These are domestic weapons of mass destruction. They're designed to kill more people more quickly. We need to make sure that's part of this national debate," said Higgins.
"We're talking about illegal guns, we're talking about abuse of guns, we're talking about guns that have no real hunting or sporting purpose," said Cuomo.
And Higgins says he hopes the response to this shooting will be different than any other in the past, "It's not all about gun control. There's issues of mental illness here, there's issues of the dissolution of the family. I think what the nation needs is a mature, thoughtful, multi-faceted response."