Some Oklahoma Gun Owners Support President's Gun Control Plan

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 5:39 pm
By: News On 6

Advocates for gun control are applauding President Obama's plan, unveiled Wednesday.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says it will work with the White House to get the recommendations passed in Congress.

Gun control supporters in the Sooner state are also behind Mr. Obama.

Sherry Carter pulled her guns out from her safe to show us the weapons she's been shooting all of her life.

"I was raised shooting them. My daddy taught me when I was little. My brother, he taught me," she said.

Carter uses these guns for target practice and to protect her home.

But she also wants you to know she stands 100 percent behind President Obama's plan to control guns, especially military-style assault weapons.

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"They're designed to kill people and they don't need to be on our streets," Carter said.

She and her friend, Lisa Weaver, live in Hominy. Weaver's husband also owns guns and loves to hunt.

They both say they love it here, they even painted murals on some downtown buildings to honor the military, but both are also frustrated with the growing resistance in Green Country to talk about gun control.

"A lot of my friends disagree with me, a lot are upset with me. We can't have a civil conversation on it. It's 'No! They can't have my guns!' Well, they can't have my guns either. No one's after my guns," Carter said.

Carter and Weaver say the President's proposal to ban assault weapons and limit the number of bullets allowed in a magazine are both good ideas.

"If you can't hit a deer with one or two bullets, you need to practice some more. There's no reason to have that many bullets that fast, at your disposal," Weaver said.

The women say they've heard the arguments from the anti-gun control crowd but they don't buy any of it.

They laugh at the notion that guns are needed to protect from a tyrannical government and say both sides need to compromise.

"I think it's common sense. I think it's something we need to do, and I don't think it steps on someone's rights," Weaver said.

Both Weaver and Carter ask anyone in favor of gun control to support former U.S. Congresswoman and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords' new foundation, Americans for Responsible Solutions, to foster dialogue and encourage Congress to pass the laws recommended by the President.