The debate over guns and gun rights remains lively at the Indiana Statehouse where Hoosiers held dueling demonstrations outside the east entrance on Thursday.
Nicki McNally, who was among members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, says they want universal background checks for all gun sales on the federal level, limiting high-capacity magazines to ten rounds or less, banning assault weapons and making gun-trafficking a federal crime.
“I think nobody wants our kids being shot at in school. They’re looking at it from the perspective of protecting their family and we’re looking at it from the perspective of there are too many people out there who shouldn’t have guns,” McNally says.
She says that they respect the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, but adds there are too many people who have illegal access to guns.
On the other hand, Melinda Porter of Indiana Moms Against Gun Control says guns are not the problem and more laws are not going to change anything.
“[We’re here] to show that there are two sides to any story, and we just want the facts to be heard that guns aren’t the problem and more laws aren’t going to change anything,” Porter says.
Porter says she wants to be able to protect her children and does not want anyone to take that right away.