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Gun control debate revives after Conn. school shooting

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Across the country, many living rooms have hosted conversations about gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut. Many wonder whether the tragedy will be a catalyst for real change now that people on both sides of the issue are talking -- but it's still a frustrating topic to broach.

For many, the conversation begins with the AR-15 and whether or not the assault weapons ban should be reinstated. The semi-automatic rifle was used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 innocent children, and it's now one of the hardest weapons to get because many fear it'll soon be outlawed.

"My daughter is 10 years old. She shoots my AR-15," said Andrew Rothman, of the Gun Owner Civil Rights Alliance.

Bushmaster made the gun Lanza used, but the company took down their website on Monday. The theme of the site was "get a man card," and it talked about revoking "the man card" for those who can't make eye-contact with a tough-looking fifth-grader.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Rothman's group is now offering to train school teachers to carry handguns -- but not everyone is a fan of the idea that teachers should pack heat.

"I heard that idea today, and it's crazy," said Heather Martens, a former school teacher who runs Protect Minnesota, a group that lobbies for tougher gun control laws.

So far, neither restricting high-capacity magazines nor re-instating an assault weapon ban has made it out of the Legislature -- but there is a renewed focus on gun shows, where up to 40 percent of all guns are sold because a higher percentage end up used in crimes.

A private, unlicensed seller at a gun show is not required to conduct a background check on citizen-to-citizen gun sales, and those transactions happen all the time.

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