President’s gun proposals fall flat with some Northwest Indiana gun owners

Some say government needs to enforce existing laws, not make new ones.

January 16, 2013

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Business was brisk Wednesday at Blythe’s Sport Shop in Griffith, Indiana.

The shop sells guns and ammunition of all types for the hunter, sportsman and others. Customers at Blythe’s take guns seriously and don’t appreciate the President’s attempts to make it harder for them to get.

“People are really angry about this, this is wrong,” a retired police officer who declined to provide his name. President Obama is proposing to reinstitute the ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

The retired police officer, who worked as a cop for 37 years, says he opposes the semi-automatic weapons ban.

“I have no problem with semi-automatic weapons. They fire just like the other ones. Keep them legal there is nothing wrong,” the officer said. “Good guys don’t go to jail.”

Several customers at Blythe’s declined to provide their name for this story.

But one who did was Bill Poole, a senior citizen who says he has no problem with expanded background checks for prospective gun buyers although it may not help much.

“It’s up to the individual if they want to be truthful or not,” Poole said. “It’s the person that kills, not the gun.”

Several customers say new gun control legislation won’t quell gun violence, but enforcing existing laws might.

Roger Blythe, owner of Blythe’s Sporting Shop, says traffic into his business has been very good in recent weeks. With no less than a dozen customers inside his store when I visited, Blythe said it was actually a “slow” today.

As President Obama proposes to institute some gun legislation and requirements, Indiana is contemplating doing just the opposite. One legislator is proposing allowing college students to bring their gun onto campus for protection.