by Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:22 PM CST, January 16, 2013
Gun violence has been a personal issue for Peggy Elliott ever since a bullet killed her father.
"The same rifle he used to kill dear, he committed suicide with," Elliott says. "I remember at the time thinking, if Daddy wouldn't have even had the guns around then that would not have been a means he could have used to take his own life."
Elliott says gun control is not a political issue for her--it's a life and death issue.
"I think we need to get much tighter legislation in terms of who can purchase what types of weapons, and what those weapons can be used for," she says.
Meanwhile, the threat of an assault rifle ban has Kansans standing in line to buy them.
"People are fearful they might not be able to buy anything, and that our government is going to start tracking guns and that kind of thing," gun shop owner Jerry Aday says.
Elliott admits that gun control is not a popular issue in Kansas.
"I haven't talked to too many Kansans who are receptive to gun control," Elliott says. "I've talked to Kansans who say, it's my right to bear arms. It is a right to bear arms. The question comes down to what kind of arms you are bearing."
Elliott says legislation is only part of the solution. She says it's also up to families and neighborhoods to take action on their own to prevent gun violence.
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