Day after Uvalde shooting, area gun suppliers and activists discuss solutions to gun violence

NOW: Day after Uvalde shooting, area gun suppliers and activists discuss solutions to gun violence

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The day after 21 people were shot and killed in a senseless act of violence at an Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, locals are sharing what they think needs to happen to prevent future shootings.

According to the Gun Violence Archive organization, there has been more mass shootings than days in 2022. They counted 212 mass shooting in the 144 day of the year as of May 24.

"Nobody ever thinks it can happen in your own hometown until it does," said Darryl Morin who is the president of Forward Latino.

This tragedy hits home for Morin because he has close family ties in the south of Texas. Forward Latino is a national service and advocacy group for Latinos and beyond. They've been pushing to pass laws that they said would help curb violence with their program 80% Coalition.

"Eighty percent Coalition is really focused on two things. One is closing the background check loopholes that allows violent felons from buying firearms and two: passing Red Flag laws so when there is a person with a firearm who is in known danger to themselves and others that the police and family can act on I," said Morin.

Red Flag Laws allow courts to temporarily seize firearms from anyone believed to be a danger to themselves and others. Several states have enacted this law.

Instructor from Brew City Shooters Supply, Adam Campbell, said that won't prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands.

"In a lot of these high-profile events, guns are purchased via a background check," said Campbell.

Campbell said he takes gun safety and purchasing very seriously. He said his store does several background checks before even selling. Campbell said they're hyper vigilant with suspicious behavior from potential clients and wishes every gun store to follow their lead.

He thinks the solution to shootings, school shootings in particular, should be a community effort. He said adding more gun owner laws won't help the problem.

"We should not be looking at the federal or the state government to provide solutions on a community level. We should be looking to provide security. We should be addressing the school board and coming up with ways to secure the schools," said Campbell.

He said he believes teachers should be armed and trained as well as have armed security at schools.

Both men agree that preventative mass shooting measures need happen before its too late in Milwaukee.

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