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April 12, 2013

Guns

Guns. That single word evokes a strong reaction, no matter what side of the debate you fall on. Certainly, the massacre of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a national tipping point, but one that seems only to have brought back into the public consciousness, a long-simmering debate. A debate for which there is no resolution at the moment. Congress is still proposing and voting, states are taking independent action. Individuals rally and protest and fight, expressing their beliefs. This post is a collection of images - supporters of gun control, those against; victims and families of victims, gun enthusiasts. -- Paula Nelson( 53 photos total)

A 9 mm bullet in a box on the counter at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa., April 5, 2013. Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

A customer looks over shotguns on display at the annual New York State Arms Collectors Association Albany Gun Show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2013. A bipartisan quartet of senators, including two National Rifle Association members and two with 'F' ratings from the potent firearms lobby, are quietly trying to reach compromise on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks. (Philip Kamrass/Associated Press)#

People hold signs during a Turn Albany Upside Down rally at the Capitol, Feb. 12, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Hundreds of opponents of the state's new gun control law say it infringes on their right to bear arms, criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators, chanting for freedom and taking a collective oath to uphold the constitution. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)#

Emma Clyman, 5, of Manhattan holds a sign, outside city hall park during the One Million Moms for Gun Control Rally in New York, Jan. 21, 2013 Despite a proposal backed by over 8 in 10 people in polls, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks of firearms purchasers through the Senate next month. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)#

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at a press conference for gun control reform on March 21, 2013 in New York City. The Vice President and Mayor Bloomberg were joined by family members of Sandy Hook shooting victims at the city hall event. (John Moore/Getty Images)#

A woman grabs a button during a "lobby day" held by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., March 11, 2013. Both sides of the gun control issue are increasing pressure on Connecticut lawmakers who are close to voting on changes to state law stemming from the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)#

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference with a coalition of members of Congress, mayors, law enforcement officers, gun safety organizations and other groups on Capitol Hill in Washington to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, Jan. 24, 2013. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation toughening laws against people who illegally buy guns for others, as lawmakers cast their first votes in Congress to curb firearms. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)#

A Glock 20, 10mm hand gun is displayed at the sales counter of the Guns-R-Us gun shop in Phoenix, Arizona, December 20, 2012. More than 90 percent of U.S. voters supported background checks for all gun buyers, while much smaller majorities were for stricter gun control laws such as bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. (Ralph D. Freso/Reuters) #

Colorado State Senators Kevin Lundberg and Ted Harvey listen during a debate period between voting on one of several gun control bills before the Colorado Legislature, at the State Capitol, in Denver, March 11, 2013. Colorado Democrats are on the cusp of advancing gun-control proposals in a state balancing a history of heartbreaking shootings with a Western heritage where gun ownership is treasured by many. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)#

The mother of a Sandy Hook victim, Jackie Barden, watches as Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, hugs her husband, Mark Barden. The father of a Sandy Hook victim, Neil Heslin, is at right. Governor Malloy signed far reaching gun control legislation into law at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, April 4, 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi/EPA)#

Residents vote against a proposal that asks that each household be required to own a firearm in Byron, Maine, March 11, 2013. The proposal and vote has thrust the tiny town of 140 residents into the heated national debate on gun control. (Herb Swanson/EPA)#

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with area police officers at the Denver Police Academy following a speech to promote gun control measures in Denver, Colorado, April 3, 2013. The Colorado State Legislature recently passed new laws making background checks for gun purchase more stringent, and limiting the size of magazines used by assault weapons. Obama is pushing for similar laws on a nationwide basis. (Bob Pearson/EPA)#

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Aug. 4, 2012. The White House released this photo of Obama in an effort to silence skeptics of his claim in an interview that he has actually shot a gun. (Pete Souza/The White House)#

A woman participates in a rally at the Connecticut State Capital to promote gun control legislation in the wake of the December 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown, February 14, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut. Referred to as the "March for Change" and held on the two-month anniversary of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, participants called for improved gun safety laws. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

People attend a rally at the Connecticut State Capital to promote gun control legislation in the wake of the December 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown on February 14, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

National School Shield Task Force Director, former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson speaks with reporters after a news conference at National Press Club in Washington, April 2, 2013. The National School Shield program is a framework to arm security guards in any school system who want to be part of the program. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)#

A sign depicts an assault weapon during a rally at the Connecticut State Capital to promote gun control legislation, February 14, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

Siri Davidson and her children; Alexander, Eliza, Keaton, Porter and an AR-15 that Davidson got for a gift for Valentines Day, at a gun rights rally and march at the Utah State Capitol, March 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The rally attracted several hundred people for the march to the Utah Capitol in favor of 2nd Amendment rights as gun control supporters call for more limits and bans on assault weapons. (George Frey/Getty Images)#

Roxanna Green holds a photo of her daughter, Christina Taylor Green, who was killed in the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting. Mark Kelly leans his head on the shoulder of his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, during a news conference outside Safeway grocery store where they asked Congress to provide stricter gun control in the United States, March 6, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords and Kelly were joined by survivors of the Tucson shooting that took place there two years ago when six people were killed and Giffords herself was shot in the head. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)#

Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Greene, parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, Ana Marquez-Greene; and Nicole Hockley, mother of victim Dylan Hockley, during a news conference at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014. Marquez-Greene was upset that people engaged in heated debates about gun control in the days after the shootings, before her daughter was even buried. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)#

Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year-old boy who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., holds a picture of himself with his son Jesse while testifying on Capitol Hill, Feb. 27, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)#

Demonstrators take part in a rally against gun violence on March 21, 2013 in the Harlem neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City. The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, as well as gun violence victims, youth organizations, healthcare workers, unions, elected officials, faith leaders and artists demonstrated to promote New York Gov. Mark Cuomo's NY SAFE Act as a national model for federal gun control legislation. (John Moore/Getty Images)#

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signs a gun-control bill as Connecticut Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Wyman, Mark Barden, Neil Heslin, Nicole Hockley attend, April 4, 2013 at the Connecticut Capitol in Hartford. After more than 13 hours of debate, the Connecticut General Assembly approved the gun-control bill early April 4, that proponents see as the toughest-in-the-nation response to the December 14, 2012 Newtown school shootings. (Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)#

A sign greets U.S. President Barack Obama's motorcade on the way to the Minneapolis Police Department's special operations center, February 4, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Obama met with local leaders and law enforcement to discus gun violence. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)#

A protestor attends a rally and march to support federal and state gun control proposals, March 21, 2013, in the Harlem district of New York City. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)#

Robbi Newman and Vicki White, join with other demonstrators during a rally on the Boston Common, in Boston, April 3, 2013. The demonstration, organized by the Gun Owners Action League, was held to call attention to Second Amendment rights. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)#

Demonstrators attend a rally and march to support federal and state gun control proposals, March 21, 2013, in the Harlem district of New York City. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)#

Portland Police Chief Michael Reese and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, listen with others during a hearing on proposed gun control laws, April 5, 2013 in Salem, Ore. Both testified in support of the four bills at the hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard four hours of public testimony on a package of bills that would expand background checks and add new restrictions on carrying firearms. (Jamie Francis/The Oregonian)#

Colorado Senator, Owen Hill, sits with his wife Emily and their children, who came to visit him inside the senate chamber at the State Capitol, in Denver, March 8, 2013. Colorado Senate Democrats advanced an expansion of background checks on firearm purchases as part of a package of bills responding to the shootings in Aurora and Connecticut. The proposal would require background checks where they currently do not exist. The bill got initial approval in the Senate. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)#

Shoppers leave Hoffman's Gun Center with their purchases in Newington, Conn., April 2, 2013. Customers are packing gun stores around Connecticut following the unveiling of new gun-control legislation. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)#

Colorado State Senator Lucia Guzman and her colleagues, vote yes on one of several gun control bills before the Colorado Legislature, at the State Capitol, in Denver, March 11, 2013. Colorado Democrats are on the cusp of advancing gun-control proposals in a state balancing a history of heartbreaking shootings with a Western heritage where gun ownership is treasured by many. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)#

A poster with the faces and names of the young victims of the Sandy Hook School massacre rests on the desk of State Senator Angela Giron, during a debate period for one of several gun control bills before the Colorado Legislature, at the State Capitol, in Denver, March 11, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)#

Hundreds gather at the Bonneville Courthouse, Feb. 16, 2013, for the Save Our Second Amendment Rally. Protesters marched from the courthouse to the Shilo Convention Center where they talked about the importance of upholding their constitutional right to bear arms and signed petitions in support of those rights. (Pat Sutphin/Post Register)#

Guns were off limits at the Grass Roots North Carolina Second Amendment Freedom Rally in Raleigh, N.C., February 5, 2013, but Walter Emery, 74, managed to still sport his tiny toy gun at the event. Similar legislation isn't likely to pass the Republican-controled General Assembly, but Grass Roots North Carolina says it would seek legislation in Raleigh allowing teachers and other concealed weapons permittees to be armed on school campuses. (Corey Lowenstein/News & Observer) #

The Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance buttons just outside the hearing room, before a hearing on proposed new gun laws with the House public safety committee in the State Office Building in St. Paul, MN., Feb. 6, 2013. Hundreds of people from both sides of the debate swarmed the Capitol office building for the hearing, jamming the committee room and several overflow areas a day after President Barack Obama visited Minneapolis to tout his federal gun-control proposals. (Ben Garvin/The St. Paul Pioneer Press)#

Rob Doar, with the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, holds up a rifle (as a visual aid) at a hearing on proposed new gun laws with the House public safety committee in the State Office Building, St. Paul, MN, Feb. 6, 2013. Hundreds of people from both sides of the debate swarmed the Capitol office building for the hearing, jamming the committee room and several overflow areas.(Ben Garvin/The St. Paul Pioneer Press)#

George W. Bush looks to the sky during a dove hunt in Hockley, Texas during his first Texas gubernatorial campaign, Sept. 1, 1994. An image of a U.S. president holding a gun is certainly nothing new. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)#

Students learn to fire their pistols at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013, in Wallingford, Connecticut. King 33 Training, a company that trains and educates individuals on the safe and proper use of guns and other uses of protective force, offers classes to marksmen of all levels. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

A pistol is fired at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range, Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Connecticut, home to a number of gun manufactures including Colt Defense, is a state with conflicting views on guns and gun ownership. Currently the state has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and its current governor Daniel Malloy is pushing for tougher measures following the shootings at the Sandy Hook School. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

Students learn to fire their pistols at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range, Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

A student pauses near targets at a pistol class taught by King 33 Training, Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut. King 33 Training, offers educational courses that train and educate individuals on the safe and proper use of guns and other uses of protective force, and offer classes to marksmen of all levels. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

A shooting target is full of bullet holes at a class taught by King 33 Training, Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Connecticut, home to a number of gun manufactures including Colt Defense, is a state with conflicting views on guns and gun ownership. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)#

A member of the Vancouver Gun Club takes aim while trap shooting at their facility in Richmond, British Columbia Feb. 10, 2013. Formed in 1924, the shotgun-only club has a regular membership of about 400 and sells an estimated 1100 day passes each year. Canada has very strict laws controlling the use of handguns and violent crime is relatively rare. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

The ground is littered with spent shotgun shells at the Vancouver Gun Club in Richmond, British Columbia Feb. 10, 2013. Formed in 1924, the Vancouver Gun Club has a regular membership of about 400. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

A man rests a shotgun on his shoulder at the Vancouver Gun Club in Richmond, British Columbia, Feb. 10, 2013. The club sells an estimated 1100 day passes each year. Canada has very strict laws controlling the use of handguns and violent crime is relatively rare. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

A woman holds a .50AE Desert Eagle and her target while visiting the DVC Indoor Shooting Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, March 22, 2013. The DVC is the only indoor shooting centre in the province that rents firearms to the public without a license. The centre has several kinds of pistols from 38 Specials to 44 Magnums. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

Rich Korbus misses his shot while trap shooting at the Vancouver Gun Club in Richmond, British Columbia Feb. 17, 2013. Formed in 1924 the Vancouver Gun Club, which is a shotgun-only club. (Andy Clark/Reuters) #

A member of the Vancouver Gun Club rests his shotgun on his shoulder while waiting for his turn at the club's 39 acre facility in Richmond, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2013. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

Shooters check the angle while waiting for their turn during skeet shooting at the Vancouver Gun Club in Richmond, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2013. 2013. (Andy Clark/Reuters) #

A woman fires a .22 caliber AR-15 rifle on the range at DVC Indoor Shooting Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, March 22, 2013. The DVC is the only indoor shooting centre in the province that rents firearms to the public without a license. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

A target, hit several times, seen through a piece of cardboard, that is also peppered with bullet holes, at the DVC Indoor Shooting Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia March 22, 2013. (Andy Clark/Reuters) #

A member of the Vancouver Gun Club peeks out from behind the hut where sporting clays are fired from at the club's facility in Richmond, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2013. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#

Shooters, taking part in sporting clays, walk through a wooded area to their next position at the Vancouver Gun Club in Richmond, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2013. Sporting clays is shot as a group and with a minimum of 3 shooters per group. One person will be operating the throwing machine, one person will be the scorekeeper, and the third shooting at the station. (Andy Clark/Reuters)#



 
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