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Kevin Omland, Md. hunter,gun owner, father of 7-year-old, says 'something needs to change' re gun restriction

5:49 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - In the wake of the Connecticut massacre, the debate over gun control has intensified. And now, even gun owners and advocates are speaking out about their desire for reasonable restrictions, especially on high-capacity magazines.

Andrea McCarren spoke with a Maryland gun owner and father who is part of a growing chorus of voices, including gun owners, whose view of gun control changed after the massacre of children in Connecticut.

"I don't want our society, our teachers, our parents to have to live in fear every day that their seven year old might get shot in the face eleven times," said Kevin Omland.

Omland is a university professor, a gun owner and an avid hunter. He's also the father of a 7-year-old boy.

"Having my gun is important to me. But to be a deer hunter, to be a goose hunter, to be a duck hunter, you don't need to have a large capacity magazine.... You don't need to fire 50 rounds to be able to enjoy any of those experiences," he said.

He owns a shotgun and is also a bow hunter, who's unsure of what restrictions need to be put in place, just that something needs to change.

"We need to focus on the evidence. What is going to save the most lives? What is really necessary? And to me the high capacity magazines seems like the most obvious," said Omland.

I don't believe that John Q. Public needs to have an assault rifle or a handgun," said Maryland resident Barbara Crawford.

Nor does Barbara Crawford think any civilian needs a high-capacity magazine. Her husband is a gun owner.

She said, "If you're saying you need a gun for protection in your own home, rarely are there gangs of armies breaking into people's homes that you would need to fire more than once or twice."

"We need the kids and the teachers to be able to educate themselves for tomorrow. Not whether they're going to live today," said gun owner Omland.

As if to punctuate his new perspective, Omland's 7-year-old son is having a lockdown drill at school this week, learning what to do in the event of a mass shooting.

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