Connecticut Shooting Revives US Guns Debate (Video)

The latest mass shooting in the United States adds new impetus to the debate on gun control.

The latest mass shootingin the United States adds new impetus to the debate on gun control.

Democratic Senator Ginny Burdick is among those backing the President's call for action. Twenty young children and six adults died when Adam Lanza opened fire at their school on Friday.

However, the people of Newtown where the latest shooting happened have their own message for President Barack Obama. Jim Callery, a local resident said, "There's no reason for anyone to have an assault rifle or have access to one. Just show some leadership."

"We have the benefit and the misfortune of being on the national stage right now," said Craig Mittleman, a 49-year-old father of four and an emergency physician. "In a week, everybody's going to be gone and Newtown is going to be just like Columbine, just like Virginia Tech. We're going to be on a list of towns victimized by this insanity."

President Barack Obama pledged action to stop similar tragedies - but that will be no easy task. Opinion polls have found Americans divided on gun control even after other high-profile shooting incidents.

Speaking at a memorial service for the victims of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, he said on Sunday the United States was not doing enough to protect its children and pledged to launch an effort to reduce violence.

"We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change," Obama said at a somber interfaith service.

"In the coming weeks I'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," he said. "Because what choice do we have? We can't accept events like this as routine."

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