Patrick Hand, center, joins a march to the National Rifle Association headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Curbing gun violence will be a top priority of President Barack Obama's second term, aides say. but exactly what he'll pursue and how quickly are still evolving.
Even before the last young victims have been buried in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, debate is heating up on whether now may be the time to enact tougher gun laws.
Otis McDaniel does not see himself as a gun enthusiast, but he does own firearms. He says it’s all about protecting his wife and little girl.
In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, McDaniel brought his HK .40 caliber handgun to a Marietta gun range to practice his marksmanship. He shops in the adjacent gun store, thinking about buying another weapon.
“I don’t want to be somewhere and a situation like that happens and I’m not able to watch out for my baby,” he says, referring to the Newtown school tragedy.
Take away his gun, McDaniel says and he’ll be defenseless in the face of outlaws who’ll have guns no matter what laws are enacted.
His biggest concern in the wake of the school shooting?
“Some sanction will come down and stop me from being able to freely purchase a firearm for my home.”